The cottage started off as a pink, two bedroom property. It’s a deceivingly large property with a large downstairs area, and lots of small rooms. Resembling a bit of a maze.
Downstairs there was a living room, a snug, a kitchen, a pantry, an office, a conservatory, downstairs toilet and entrance hall with the front door to the side of the house. We plan to knock everything through and make the downstairs open plan with a large kitchen living area, a utility room, downstairs toilet and living room.
Upstairs were two reasonably sized bedrooms, a large bathroom and an equally large separate shower room. The shower room was an odd room and a real waste of space. It just had a shower in the corner and nothing else. So we will convert this into the main bathroom and knock through the old bathroom into our bedroom (the master bedroom) and make it an en suite and walk in wardrobe.
Our plan is to convert the property into a four bed, with an extension on the ground floor.
This outside space to the property is pretty large, which was one of the features that really appealed to us. Great for a growing family and our collection of animals. We thought our Kune Kune pig, Baz, could come and live with us at the cottage. Currently in this space is the caravan, but there’s lots of potential. We’d eventually like to knock the garage down so the garden flows all across the back of the house with the bi-fold doors at the back of the house opening out onto the garden.
We then plan to build a double garage away from the property, with a studio/ office or gym above the garages (after we have won the lottery).
The lounge has lots of potential, with some beautiful exposed beams. We plan to sand blast these and restore them to their original colour. There is a hideous fireplace in the lounge that we plan to rip out and hopefully the original is still behind there somewhere and we can restore it to its former glory and add a log burner. And let’s discuss the hideous 1970’s brick pillar in the middle of the room? We plan to remove this and add a steel (and clad it with oak), as this is holding up the extended part of the house. Removing this pillar will be quite an expense, alongside the steel as it will be a pretty long steel, the area is surprisingly big.
The maater bedroom has a random green sink in the corner. This will be removed, and we are also going to block up the back bedroom window (criminal, I know!) but we are adding in an en suite and opening up a doorway to the side of the room, which doesn’t give us many options on where to put the bed as we’ll lose a wall. The room is surprisingly light, so it shouldn’t make too much difference. The windows are also really low, which I like, its quite quirky. We won’t have curtains or blinds though as I think they draw attention to the low windows in a negative way, so instead we will opt for plantation shutters. For the last couple of summers we have visited Cornwall and I love all of the cottages there that have shutters, I think it really adds to the character of the property.
The kitchen will be one area that will change the most. This will be completely ripped out and become an entrance hallway to the new front door, a downstairs loo and utility and part of the new kitchen area which will also boast an island.
None of these plans are set in stone, we haven’t sought any architectural advice, but having discussed it and walked through the house, we think this will work for us and our family. It’s a very big responsibility when you are knocking down walls and creating new spaces, is it just me or does anyone else worry whether you are going to make a huge mistake or regret creating a new space that might not actually work.