Our Living/Dining Room Makeover- Our New Extension Part Two…

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Last week I published a post all about our new living and dining room area. We recently had an extension built on to the back of our house and it has completely transformed our living space. Although the living room has changed in terms of changing it from purple to grey (we kept the yellow theme as it is my favourite) and getting some updated furniture and soft furnishings, the biggest and most dramatic change is of course the new extension part of the house and that is what I am showing today.

We have been wanting an extension for absolutely years but due to money it has never been on our radar until recently. We have been saving for it for such a long time and now it feels really surreal to actually have it finished. Our home is a 3 bedroom, but the downstairs had always been a bit of an awkward space, we have a smallish kitchen at the front of the house, as well as a little hallway and downstairs toilet, and then the back of the house was this awkwardly shaped living/dining room area. It didn’t really have a space for a table at all so we used to have a tiny dining table pushed up against the corner as you came in that you couldn’t even really fit us all around.

For a while we thought that we would move after a couple of years, but after doing a fair bit of work on other parts of the house, including the bathroom and the kitchen, we just couldn’t face the thought of moving and having to start again in something that wasn’t our style- our house is exactly how we like it now, plus it is in a reasonable area and now Mads is at school too. We also live in a ridiculously expensive area and house prices are so high, we found we couldn’t really get a lot more for the extra money we had, whereas if we wait a few more years we will hopefully be able to move to our forever home. So we decided that an extension was definitely the best option and we began saving as much as we could. It certainly won’t be a house we stay in for another ten years but by having the extended space it means we will definitely stay there for a good few more years and it will grow with us as a family.

We didn’t really have any requirements for our extension other than more space, so we started off by looking at more traditional conservatories with a glass roof, but we just found that we didn’t really like the style of them at all. Once we had a few quotes a lot of the builders were saying that perhaps a ‘warm roof’ extension would be better. We went to a particular company and saw these amazing bifold doors, and that was it- we were sold. Bifold doors are basically doors that completely slide open to give a huge amount of space.

And so all of a sudden it was all go. Plans were drawn up- we decided to extend out on our living room by about nine feet, with one wall being completely made up of the bifold doors, with two Velux windows and a big open plan effect, while also getting rid of our external double doors and leaving it all open. Then the idea was to screed (level) the rooms and put down wood floor throughout.

Work started in November, but obviously they had a break over Christmas and New Year and it was finished in the middle of February. It’s been a fairly short process really in terms of a building project, but of course when you are living in it, it doesn’t feel that way- sometimes it has felt very long and like it was never going to be finished. But finished it most certainly has been and we couldn’t be more thrilled with it. It sounds a bit silly to say, but I have had tears in my eyes on many occasions looking at this space. It has completely transformed our home and we are so proud of it. I think sometimes you feel even prouder if you have really worked hard for something and we have worked so hard for this little space.

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A fair few people have asked me for some ‘before’ shots. Being a rubbish blogger I completely forgot to take photos before but I have a few of the building process that my husband took. The first photo on the left just gives an idea of what the living room looked like before, we still had the yellow paper but we had carpet down instead of wood floor, while the first photo on the right is of the girls helping me clean, but you can see the old double external doors and the beginning of the foundations. And then the bottom two photos are of the framework of the extension before they broke through internally- you can see the old external doors and window are still in place.

 

Here is our new extension in photos, we bought everything ourselves but I wanted to include links in case anyone wants to know where we got things from….

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Basically from the archway, that is the new bit. The first thing you notice as you walk near the new extension is that there is so much light, it is amazing even at 8 in the morning on a grey and dull day. This is obviously due to the bifold doors and the fact we have two Velux windows in the ceiling too.

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Yay finally a dining table we can all sit around! I absolutely love our dining table, which is the ASPER 6 seater white gloss table from Habitat. Our chairs are the Eames style chairs that you see everywhere, we got ours from Cult Furniture but you can get them in so many places nowadays.

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The table is just such a great size and it sounds a bit silly but it really means a lot to finally all be able to sit around the table together properly, as well as being able to entertain family and friends too. The flooring we chose is Kardean which I couldn’t recommend more, it is expensive but it looks exactly like real wood floor but is really hard wearing and practical.

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One of the other main reasons for getting the extra space was to have more space for the girls toys. I am one of these people who likes to put all the toys away at the end of the day and relax. I know everyone is different, some people love having toys on display but I like to tidy it away in our main living areas, of course the girls room is full of their toys. So we bought a fair bit of Kallax Storage from IKEA- it’s reasonably priced and fab storage.

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As you walk in on the right hand side we have our new house plant- it is the first house plant we have ever owned (bar succulents!) and we both felt it was a very big responsibility. We have named her Pauline. 😉 Then we have lots of little trinkets and bits and bobs on top of the storage unit as well.

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I have wanted this Marshall speaker for absolutely ages as I really like sitting in the evenings and reading my book or blogging while listening to music. However we couldn’t really justify the price after all we had spent, but one day Mr E surprised me with it after he sold an old bike- what a sweetheart. It is such good sound quality and lets face it, it looks lovely too!

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I love the saying ‘Be a nice human’, it is something that I hope that I am most of the time and I put it on the lightbox in our kitchen a while ago. Someone on instagram saw the photo and told me about an actual website beanicehuman.com dedicated to the phrase so of course I had to buy this candle!

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The geometric ball is from West Elm and Mr E thought I was insane for buying it, one night when he had a few beers he went on about it all evening and what a random purchase it was- but I love it! The cactus print is from Ingrid Petrie Design and weirdly when I posted a photo of it on instagram, the designer herself saw it as she is friends with someone who follows me on instagram and she tagged her in it- so that was lovely! It is a small world and I love instagram for inspiration.

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The ‘hello’ ornament is also from West Elm, they do a ‘love’, ‘cheers’ and ‘xoxo’ one too!

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Our floor light is from made.com and I think it is a great addition to the room, I really love the industrial sort of style and also a retro style and I think this is the perfect mixture of both. It didn’t come with a bulb but we found this cool looking one in IKEA.

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If you look across to the other side of the room you will see it is a similar set up, with two more Kallax storage units. We were originally going to put a pane of glass in the space where our old exterior window was, but in the end we decided we actually really like it open plan. Plus it is a great place to put a vase of flowers. We also went for a grey radiator in the new room, as we thought it flowed quite nicely with the other grey bits and pieces.

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The ‘If you’re a bird, I’m a bird’ print is probably one of my favourite prints in the new room. The quote is from one of my favourite films ‘The Notebook’ and is from Old English Prints. I can’t rave about Old English Prints enough, they do the most gorgeous designs and we have at least one print in almost every room of our house. A very old friend of mine Ben from my school and going out days is the owner and he has just done so amazingly well- they are now stocked on Not on the High St, Oliver Bonas and Urban Outfitters amongst others.

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This gives you more of an idea of what it looks like from the other direction!

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Yet more prints and trinkets on the other wall. We now have over 100 frames on the walls of our little house- I feel sorry for the next owners. My Dad loves to tell me how many holes I will have in the walls!

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I love motivational quotes and always try and get things that mean something to us and our passions. I love the ‘I’d still hug you if you were a cactus’ print which was actually a card. Using cards as prints are a great way of keeping the cost down. The prints on this wall are from all sorts of places- including Rifle Paper Co, Old English Prints and Not On The High Street.

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More little trinkets. I have such an obsession for cacti and succulents- I really wanted to make the room very green as it is essentially a garden room.

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I also wanted to make it quite industrial looking and with lots of concrete. I love my big Aloe Vera plant which no doubt I will kill soon and I saw this concrete house light from BHS and it was 20% off so I snapped it up. I am not sure if it has sold out because I can’t now find it on the website so can’t leave the link.

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More little trinkets, I found the tiny little concrete houses on Not On The High Street and I thought they would go really nicely.

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The little geometric planters are also from Not On The High Street.

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Another view.

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Finally this is what the doors look like from outside when they are completely open. It is so amazing and I still can’t believe this is our house. I cannot wait to sit in the summer with a drink and watch my babies playing outside. Our next project is the garden which at the moment is a state but my husband has big plans for what to do with it and he has recently painted the fence grey to help make it all flow better. The bifold doors were quite expensive and the builder made me laugh when he was fitting them as he said they are really popular at the moment but he didn’t think they are worth the money, but to us they were worth every single extra penny. We love them and they are probably the best bit of the whole room for us.

I’ve also done a little room tour video as a few people asked if I would do one. I was a little bit out of my comfort zone doing it and also I get so out of breath due to pregnancy at the moment, so I hope it is ok, but I guess it helps you get an idea of the room a little easier than just with photographs.

 

And there we have it, that is our new extension. I can’t believe it is ours, although our house isn’t anything particularly special, it is our home, where we lived when we got first got married and where we bought our babies home to. It is full of happy memories and as our family grows, we found we were really outgrowing it. To have even this small bit of extra space means that it has transformed our family life and it means that we can enjoy many more years in our house.

It certainly wasn’t an easy process, it involved a huge amount of saving, a lot of sacrifices and a few months of upheaval. But as I sit and write this sat on my sofa, with my music playing in the background and my little ladies upstairs asleep in bed, I feel so proud we have achieved this. It was most definitely worth it and now we can just sit back and enjoy it.

(You can see the first part living room part of our extension makeover here- http://www.mummydaddyandmemakesthree.co.uk/interiors/our-livingdining-room-makeover-our-new-extension-part-one/)

69 Comments

  • Looks amazing will be expecting seeing you in style at home soon enough. You have a great style. It’s looks wonderful well done.

  • Jess says:

    Ahh it’s gorgeous! The colours actually match my blog, so great taste ;). It’s so light and inviting, I’d probably spend all my time in there haha, perfect in the summer too xx

  • Oh my goodness Katie, what an absolutely amazing space. I’ve seen little snippets on social media, but to see if all properly is just a amazing. You must be totally blown away by it. It looks so fantastic! It must be lovely knowing that you will have that extra space ready for when your little boy joins you in the spring.I bet you can’t wait to use it in the warmer months! Enjoy it xxx

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Thanks lovely, we are just over the moon with it and can’t quite believe it is ours. We can’t wait for summer to be able to open the doors and watch the girls running about and playing. xx

  • I have serious room envy. It’s gorgeous! Love the pic of the girls cleaning the windows bless them x

  • Inga says:

    Congratulations Katie, it looks wonderful! You can really tell that you’ve taken time to make it lovely and homely! I really love bi-fold doors and both Matt and I always say we want some one day!! They really change a room and when the weather is good it will be great to have them open and the kids can run in and out of the garden whilst you enjoy a nice glass of chilled wine I hope.

    We have been renting the last 2.5 years since we moved from Manchester to Kent. Hopefully this year we’ll be buying a house and I can’t wait to finally have our own home again and be able to make it our own and decorate it!! I’ve really enjoyed seeing your home improvements and look forward to seeing what you do with the garden :-) enjoy it xx

    • Katie Ellison says:

      I think the bifold doors definitely make it and I can’t wait to have them open in the summer with a glass of wine. Good luck with buying a house this year lovely, such an exciting and scary milestone, especially if you have been renting. xx

  • Lucy says:

    It looks every bit as gorgeous as I knew it would. So lovely, and as I said on the previous post, so you! Can’t wait to come and see, and I want a dinner party invite too!!! So we can put that table to good use. x

  • Those big bi-fold doors are amazing!! I cannot believe how much light you have in there now. We are in a similar position to you, our house is quite small, it’s a new build and isn’t particularity inspiring, we squash a table, desk and everything else into the living room and can’t all fit comfortably around the table. Still we can’t quite afford to move and I like where we live so I hope one day we can do a little more with it. It must seem like a dream come true Katie, it looks absolutely stunning and I think we may have to start saving to do the same. The pineapple print is my favourite but they are all so lovely, it really reflects your family and that is what makes it so special xx

    • Katie Ellison says:

      It is such a bright and light space now- it’s like a bloggers dream! We always thought we would move much sooner, but actually even though our house is small it is absolutely fine for another few years. Thank you lovely. xx

  • Our builder has said the same about bifolds doors and many of the other design aspects we want, but I’m with you, I want it to look exactly how I want it to.

    The geometric trinket thingy is great! I’ve become obsessed with brass and copper accessories recently so that’s right up my street.

    • Katie Ellison says:

      The bifold doors definitely make it for us, it wouldn’t be the same without them. And yes how cool is the geometric thingy, I love it even though my husband rolled his eyes when I got it! 😉 x

  • Donna says:

    It looks so perfect Katie – and like it’s always been there! I love it x

  • Carie says:

    Oh wow it looks amazing and look at all that lovely light – I’m all for the doors I think they look incredible:)

  • It looks gorgeous sweetie. What an amazing space to have xx

  • Oh how amazing, you must be over the moon!! I love everything about it, the style, the light, the colour, the doors. We want to build a kitchen onto the back of our dining room at some future point when we can afford it so you’ve definitely inspired me to keep dreaming and keep saving. Beautiful X

  • HelpfulMum says:

    It looks absolutely beautiful. As a daughter of two architects, I really appreciate good design. I love how much space it has created for you and how bright and airy it is.

  • Emma Shilton says:

    What a fantastic space! Looks absolutely wonderful and I love the light. Roll on the summer with long lazy days in the garden with the girls and your little man x

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Thanks Em, yes we can’t wait for lazy summer days, lets hope we have a nice hot summer this year so we can take advantage of it. x

  • It’s an amazing space, I bet it feels like a new house. I love the bi-fold doors, we are saving at the moment to swap the plain doors that were here when we moved in to these. Seeing these pictures makes me want them even more. Roll on summer x

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Thanks Laura, it is such a nice space to have and I would definitely recommend the bifold doors to anyone, they are the best bit of the room for us. x

  • Natalie says:

    I love it – amazing! So light and bright – I love the sky lights (not even sure if they are called that) and your table and your bi fold doors in fact I love it all. xxx

  • Beautiful just perfect. It really brings the house together. Like it was meant to be there in the beginning they just forgot it. Gorgeous styling as always xxx

  • LauraCYMFT says:

    It looks amazing! I love that it opens up completely to your garden. Imagine what it will be like in the summer? Well done! x

  • Emma says:

    What an amazing space. I love how the rooms flow with your choice of colour and your dining table is lovely too. No wonder you feel so proud and it will be fantastic in the summer as well :-)

  • Ah, I knew Part 2 would be equally fab! I love your style (in fact, I own an awful lot of the same trinkets you do!), the space is so lovely and light – the bi-fold doors and the ceiling windows are fabulous. Love the geometric ‘thing’ from West Elm, and all the little prints. You must be so pleased. We are hoping to do an extension in a few years, and this has made me even more eager to get saving for it.

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Thanks Katy, we are so pleased with it. West Elm has some lovely things. Snap with the trinkets, we must have similar taste. xx

  • What a fabulous family space! Love the minimal style too. I’m sure it’s been worth the upheaval 100%!

  • Ah Katie! It looks utterly amazing!!! Wahooooo on getting it all finished and looking stunning. Such an achievement of saving, patience and hard work. So so worth it! I absolutely love that Bhs concrete light and I adore the velux windows – it creates such a light and airy space! xx

  • This looks fabulous. I love the light and the bi fold doors ate gorgeous, I like the outside in type rooms xx

  • Emma says:

    Oh Katie, it looks gorgeous, so light and clean. It makes me want to completely declutter my house 😉

  • Oh Katie it is so so beautiful. There are so many things from my own wishlist like the ‘ignorance and confidence’ print. You have great taste. I love the Marshall speaker too. I don’t listen to music much so I can’t really justify it but they look so damn cool. And the chairs! I love it all. The styling is beautiful, I love all your knick nacks. I love clean white walls, cluttered up with all your favourite/special bits and pieces. What a wonderful space for your family to enjoy. Xx

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Thanks Sarah, it sounds like we have similar taste! I love the speaker and we do listen to music a lot so it was the perfect buy. I definitely think knick knacks make a room. x

  • Laura Molloy says:

    Love it, it’s fab! You have given me so many great ideas for my place.

  • Sherry says:

    Oh Katie it is stunning and that shot from the garden with the doors open left me saying wow. Your hard work has paid off and I can imagine just how happy it makes you all feel x

  • Lauren says:

    It looks amazing Katie. You’ve done such a good job. I love the rug and wallpaper pattern clash. Works really well xx

  • Jo says:

    Congratulations, it look incredible! You must be so proud of it.

  • Ruta says:

    Great use of space, amazing decor and just wonderful light! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  • Wow it looks like a dream home huni. So beautiful and you have done so well with the design, gorgeous x

  • Katy says:

    Wow, how amazing is it going to be to have those doors open in summer?! Love that you’ve named your plant, I have one house plant that is looking rather sad right now lol x

  • It looks amazing, it will be so perfect when you have those doors open in summer. I love all the little trinkets that you have brought, and it made me laugh that you have named your plant. I have major home envy after looking at this xx

  • It looks fab Katie, such a bright and spacious room. I love the doors to the garden, they are my ultimate door crush (yes, I have a door crush) but they just wouldn’t work in our house sadly. Love the dining room chairs too! xx

  • I LOVE this so much Katie, it looks awesome and has made such a difference to your home, it looks huge now! Such a lovely, bright space, and I adore your accessories choices :-) Good work lady! x

  • I absolutely love your extension! This is the same style we have at home :) Did you consider at any point having your dining room where your living room is? I bet that would be great as well! Would the dining room be closer to the kitchen in that case? Regardless, you’ve done an amazing job with it! xx

  • Life as Mum says:

    Your home is beautiful Katie! A dream home! I am in the middle of sorting our home out and can not wait for another few years again to add an extension onto the kitchen / dinning room. x

  • What a lovely home! the extension made a big difference and the accessories/ornaments are all beautiful… Enjoyed your video too!

  • From Day Dot says:

    Love this, it’s so light and bright! I love how you’ve styled it too. Makes me want to redecorate everywhere now!

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