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


Upwards …

28/10/2015 § 3 Comments

My motto for this year has been
Onwards & Upwards

well, it’s all happening here …







Trevor-the-builder is being assisted by my son J1 who does a lot of shifting stuff (as he puts it)! He says he’s going to start a business and call it ‘A to B Logistics’!!!!!  One afternoon he single-handedly carted over 500 tiles up to the top of the scaffold.

Whilst Trevor-the-builder is doing master-craftsman work within the new walls, J1 is also transforming the garden – new cabin, veg plots and paths are taking shape.  It’s wonderful to see our much loved home having a face-lift.

I’ll show you around the inside very soon – the bijou bathroom is going to be a picture with the unlikely addition of patchwork – naturally!  You’ll have to wait and see – Trevor-the-builder will be cracking on with it tomorrow!

Flora isn’t sure …


 She’s quite defensive about the invasion of her garden space by these Size 12’s!

Onwards …

Adaliza x

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