Coming along …

13/11/2015 § 6 Comments

The building work is coming along and the new room is very close to being finished, from a building point of view rather than a moving in point of view!

What do you think of the show so far?

fantastical lights

fantastical lights

looking down into the studio from the cutting room

looking down into the studio from the cutting & fabric store room which was the small back bedroom – this bit isn’t done yet!


there’s a pretty bathroom with patchwork tiles


and my office will be in this ‘nook’ with views out over farmland and an amazing internal window that looks down the stairs to the front door and throws light right though the middle of the house


the shelves and architrave have only been undercoated today but I simply can’t contain my excitement with the led downlight sending shafts of clear light behind the shelves through the glass. I had to ‘dress it up’ for the weekend!

from the outside it looks like a whole new house

from the outside it looks like a whole new house with weatherboard cladding in Forest Grey (it was a complete struggle to get this past planning, but SOooo worth it).  I can’t wait for the scaffold to be removed so I can see it in all its glory!

What do you think?  This is a bit of a dream for me.  We built the kitchen/diner on over 12 years ago and always intended extending on top.  The flat roof was an interim fix with a limited life-span.  It’s been great and we’ve loved the space but the latest extension has been a wonderful project for me to get my teeth into from the design right through to all the little details.


When a planning application is approved around here, the letterbox fills with introductory letters from local builders who want to quote for the work.  However, I’d met a builder when he worked on a neighbouring property and I was impressed by the quality of his workmanship and attention to detail. My son J1 is working with him.  Together they make a great team (and I make tea)!  It’s been a very gentle process – I couldn’t have coped with van loads of builders turning up and knocking my home around.  Trevor-the-builder is certainly a master craftsman and is considerate as he moves around the house.

Even the dogs have accepted his presence although Belle is still rather suspicious and views the works from a distance.  A couple of weeks ago, the landing floorboards and carpet were up (something to do with pipes), and she desperately needed to get to me in my old studio so she simply walked over the top of Trevor who was on his hands and knees in the airing cupboard!  Fortunately he likes dogs and he and his family have 4!

I’m delighted with the way it’s all moving on and can’t wait to set up my fabrics and sewing machines. Then we move on to the kitchen … I can’t wait to show you that when it’s done, but for the moment, there’s loads to do, sort and decorate.

That’s my weekend sorted, then!  What do you have planned?

Adaliza x


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§ 6 Responses to Coming along …

  • AUNTIE SHAN says:

    LOVE those Lights!!
    And that Shelving “pass-through” is BRILLIANT!! – For years, one of the things that I thought would really “cool” for that “DREAM-HOUSE”, would be to have a giant Fish Tank “pass-through” in a wall between a Lounge area and Dining area. – But yours, as “display”-shelving is something easily within “budget”! Not to mention, would greatly SAVE on having to get [or make!] Cabinets for my LARGE “collection” of GLASSWARE!!

    Anyhoo, can’t wait to see it all done! Looks wonderful!


  • adaliza says:

    The ‘pass through’ was my idea – to keep the light that used come into the house from it as the landing window on the stairs. At one point it was going to be glass bricks but I didn’t really like the effect. I just wanted LIGHT and my eventual solution has saved so much cost as the only real alternative was a ‘sun tunnel’ down through the roof. If the new room is used as a bedroom in the future then I’ll fit shutters to the new room/window side. It’s double glazed and toughened glass so sound-proof and safe – I just love the architrave framing it all (thank you Pinterest for that one)!


  • Sarah says:

    Your new extension is looking wonderful already. I love the lights, where did you get them from? I have been looking for something with a wow factor for our bedroom. That internal window is such a good idea too. Sarah x


  • adaliza says:

    They’re ikea! Can’t remember their name but they were about £60 which, compared with chandelier-types was a good price, I thought. They’re amazing – pure fantasy and give a good, soft light. I’m really pleased with them. Can’t wait to ‘move in’, it’s been an exciting project and fortunately the builder is very understanding about my ‘bright’ ideas – like the internal window with the frame around it. I found something similar on Pinterest and he sent me out to the timber merchant to choose my own style!


  • Janet says:

    Just love the creativity that comes from your soul. You are a joy
    to follow…..keep living your ideas and dreams.


  • adaliza says:

    Thank You!


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