Well, I'm calling the extension finished. Sometimes in construction there is no particular 'event' that signifies the end of a project, like having keys handed over to you by the builder and a truck with your belongings rolling up soon after. Things have a habit of dribbling on, with small defects being rectified, people popping in and out... and only you can pick when a project is finally finished. 



Well, this week, two events occurred that signified to me that the project is finally finished. The first was that I finally had the windows cleaned. I have a pet hate of dirty windows, and it has pained me enormously to put up with dirty (really properly filthy) windows since we started living in the back of the house 4 months ago. So I was beyond excited to have the window cleaner show up earlier this week - while I could've had the windows cleaned before now, there was no point with continuing messy work with the render, painting, carpentry and silicone still underway both inside and out (some of it was in rectifying the problems caused by the steel window company - it's taken a long time to sort out and complete the window installation). So happy, and its lifted my mood enormously.

The second momentous event occurred this morning when the builders port-a-loo was taken away. Hooray!  It has been there since March last year, so we felt like throwing a ticker tape parade for it as it trundled off on the back of the plumbers ute.





So, with that all said, I thought I'd show some before and after photos pre landscaping, as I love a good before and after.

old back door 


 same corner now, approximately the same location




Here's the back of the house in early March 2013


and now



 Looking to the new outdoor dining area 





before 

after



 a view from the front of the house to the old extension


same view now


 Well, it's stating the obvious to say what an enormous change the extension has made to how we live in the house. We love the new living area, the spaces are working really well, and living with light filled, spacious rooms has made an enormous difference to our whole family.

I'll update with some interior shots in the next week or so - May is a very busy month in our house, and while I've had lots I want to blog about, I've had no time (or energy!) to do so.



the other side of the house from the street

So happy days here with a bit of peace and quiet for a week or so at least... until more machinery arrives to start work on the garden and pool.

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  1. It's beautiful. Hope you enjoy your home immensely. Den

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    1. thank you Den - we are loving living in the house, and feel very lucky xx

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  2. Too funny bc I was thinking of calling it done as well!! Although mine isn't but mentally I feel I can just move on in a way so congratulations. I love a good before and after and I think I forgot how your house looked originally in the way you can't tell if your next door neighbours kids have grown bc you see them in a regular basis. Those pics must make you proud and see how much you have done! I can't wait for part two and I love a pool and can't wait for your various options for styles. Congrats once again! Xx

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    1. Please post pics Naomi!! I'm dying to see what's happened inside - it will have more of a transformation than you realise.
      I think you're right about the before and afters!! I forget too, until I look back through the old photos of the house. It's very satisfying. And it's amazing how we've already adjusted so well to the new space that the old way we lived in the house seems like a very distant memory. Although I still can't get used to how easy everything is no (like not doing laundry on the veranda, or the ease of the new kitchen compared to the old). Fingers crossed the pool application is approved fairly quickly - I can't tell you how sick I am of making council applications!! xx

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  3. Hello Heidi:

    We are, as indeed must anyone be, in total awe of the complete transformation which you have made to your house. How wonderful it now looks. You must be so pleased finally to have reached the end, if indeed, as you point out, there ever really is such and to be free of all the builders' mess and rubbish not to mention how welcome the disappearance of the port-a-loo must be.

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    1. Hello Jane and Lance, I am SO pleased its reached the end. I tried hard not to whinge about it, but I was becoming heartily sick of the whole thing... I just didn't want to seem ungrateful!! The builders portaloo disappearing has made a huge mental difference! Amazing how its the little things.... xx

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  4. I do love a good 'before' and 'after': this is amazing... you had an amazing vision Heidi and executed it very well. Congratulations. I want to move into your house! Enjoy! x

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    1. Thanks Charlotte - how's your house plans going? Hoping it's all starting to come together for you? xx

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    2. Still no exchange... we had a survey done last week and found that there were quite a few more issues and the issues we knew about seem to be a lot worse than we had anticipated. So this week we are going to go back with a price reduction. If the sellers agree to this we could exchange this week. I think we have a strong argument - the house needs a new roof! We had some contractors look around the house on Friday afternoon and will basically just pass on their quotes to the sellers when we get them. Such a saga but we really don't want to over pay as the market in the countryside is not the same a prime London at all so you could easily end up in a situation where you find it very difficult to recoup the cost of the new roof, extension etc when you look to sell in the future. x

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  5. Gosh..it is amazing.. Congratulations. Forgive my reno ignorance but how did you update the old brickwork to that lovely block style? Was it ripped down and replaced or was there some clever rendering?

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    1. Hi JP, no, we didn't keep the old brickwork - it was basically falling down, so the old 60's extension on the house was completely demolished and we started again. The front part of the house is the old Victorian original and was solidly built... the new extension is made of brick that was rendered and then had the block impressions in it. I wanted it to relate to the old bluestone front of the house without mimicking it, so this was the best solution I came up with at the time. But render will hide a multitude of sins, so I can see how you were confused!

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  6. Heidi, it truly is stunning! You must feel so proud of your huge accomplishment!
    I can only imagine how good it must be to have clean windows and to wave good bye to the portaloo!
    It is a wonderful extension, and I really hope I get to see it one day if we ever do a trip to your part of the country!

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    1. Thanks Ruth - very relieved it's finally grinding to the end, and yes, a feeling of accomplishment... although now my focus shifts to the next project - the garden, and the interior decorating... and then the shed in the back garden eventually...it's never ending! I'd love to have you over - if you ever make it to Adelaide let me know!! xx

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  7. Well done! So happy for you! it looks amazing!

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  8. Wow! I don't remember seeing what your house looked like before, what a massive change! It is so gorgeous now. Every angle is stunning. Your pool and garden will be magical to see pop in, still more to do but all out of your living space.
    We've just received the first set of drawings from our designer, looks like we start our addition to our kitchen next summer. I hope we can do half as good a job as you!

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    1. It was so long ago that I showed the before photos Dani, I think I'd even forgotten... and it was far worse inside than from the outside too, so the interior before and afters are even more dramatic.
      How exciting re your kitchen addition!! Can't wait to see what you're dreaming up. I saw the new Emma Bridgewater wallpaper designs for Sanderson the other day, and thought of you!! xx

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  9. Absolutely stunning!! I also love before and after shots. You must look at the photos and get immense satisfaction that it all came together so well. You are very talented. Isn't it amazing what a difference something small like getting rid of a port a loo makes everything so much better. There is nothing better than looking out a clean window.

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    1. Thanks Louise Jane - it is very satisfying to see the before shots now. I know! Who would've thought a port a loo was the significant finishing event?! But it was a very glaring sight in the back garden, so its disappearance has been very welcomed! xx

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  10. Gosh Heidi... so wonderful to see it all come together and the exterior views are stunning. You should be very proud of an excellent job and it's very obvious that a great deal of thought, planning and expertise went into the whole project. The veranda and swing, overlooking the garden will give your family years of joy. Well done!

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    1. Well, you know yourself all the hard work Jenny - your place is looking so amazing, I'm dying for you to do a proper blog post on all the details!
      We are loving the outdoor dining area - it will be such a lovely spot when we have a garden to look out on xx

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  11. Hi Heidi
    Just looks great the landscaping will really be the icing on the cake.
    Now for something completely different my 20 year old Miele washing machine bit the dust so I purchased a Bosch front loader but still my towels come out like cardboard any suggestion or even what towels I can buy to improve the out come
    Kind Regards
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    1. Thanks Karen - can't wait for a bit of greenery out of the windows...
      It might be that your new machine is spinning at too high a rate for the towels - are you talking about when you line dry them? The new machines spin quite high, and tend to make towels too dry and the pile too flat. If you spin at 600-800 rpm then the towels should line dry a little fluffier. Otherwise, I'm at a loss! I can't really rec any great towels though... it's been around 7 years since I last bought some (Canningvale - I guess you could say they last well??)! xx

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  12. Now I know what awesome really means. Congratulations!

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    1. Thanks wellfedfred - very kind of you! xx

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  13. Corlee, that is some great before and after action. Well done you, what a fabulous place you have created here everything about it, comfort and presence and a lightness of hand all at the same time.

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    1. Thanks Jody, I have to admit to being very worried that what I had in my mind and on paper wouldn't work... breathing a big sigh of relief that (I think) it has! x

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  14. Wow! Just wow! Congratulations x

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    1. thanks Cilla - your turn next! xx

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    1. Thank you darl, looking forward to you visiting! xx

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  16. Congratulations! It looks wonderful, I hope you and your loved ones enjoy many happy years in your home.
    Linda C.

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    1. Thank you Linda - I hope we do too... I don't want to ever move again! x

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  17. It just looks so fantastic, you should feel very pleased with yourself, looking forward to hearing all your plans for the garden & seeing the photos as well. Engracia xx

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    1. Thanks Engracia - the garden is starting in two weeks time! Yippeee! xx

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  18. Heidi, Congratulations! It's looking fabulous! You're so clever to have created such a wonderful transformation. Hope all the family love it and appreciate what you've achieved. Best wishes, Pammie xxx

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    1. Thank you dear Pammie! The family do love it, and it's very sweet how many times H tells me "you did a really good job Mum"! xx

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  19. What a wonderful transformation. I've always enjoyed before and after photos. It's obviously been challenging at times waiting for everything to come together but worth it if it has changed the way you live and made everyday tasks so much easier.

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    1. I love the before and after shots too - it's very satisfying to see the enormous difference... and worth all those rather challenging times too xx

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  20. I still can't clean my windows. It's been 6 months since we have been "calling it finished" and we are still having "issues" - I think I have PTSD.

    Your house looks absolutely amazing. I'm sure it would rank as one of Adelaide's finest - and I keep a keen eye on Adelaide's real estate. It is really, truly fantastic. Can't wait to see the landscaping.

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    1. What?? That's terrible!! I feel for you howtomummy... and totally understand the PTSD.... I think I was suffering from that in Feb/ March... was so over it all. We still have little things to fix all over the place - am just preparing a defects list for our builder, but clean windows are good for the soul... hoping you get to do your soon too xx

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  21. Hooley dooley, what a pleasure to see this post!! Great job girl, take a bow. Now off to wave this post in MOTH's face & use it as an example to GET HIM GOING AGAIN!
    Millie xx

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    1. Thank you Millie! Poor MOTH! It's a difficult thing when you're the one doing the reno, plus living in it too... our last house, which was probably 1/4 the size of this one took us 4 years to renovate as well - same as this one! It's made a huge difference getting the builder in (not least because we are complete amateurs, compared to MOTH who is a perfectionist and is doing a much more professional job than us!). xx

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  22. It is absolutely perfect - you should be so proud of your design skills and ability to see potential. It complements the old so well. Very hard to do.

    I have loved seeing it unfold and loved too your professional explanation of all the design decisions. Much as I love a good home mag and obsess over the details the design sphere is a long way from my day job - your reno posts have been a great read. Will wait for the next before and afters and hopefully you don't have to wait too long either.

    Now, do you do home visits??!

    Ann (My Villa Life) Can't get the google profile thing going.

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    1. Hi Ann, Thank you so much, and for persisting with the google issues, it's so nice to hear from you again. I'm glad I've managed to balance the information in the posts... I've always worried I'm either explaining the obvious or giving too much detail... a bit of a fine line!
      I'll probably take on a bit more work toward the end of the year... still lots of bits to finish off on our place, and a couple of small decorating jobs for others, but I"d like to get back into it I think. xx

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  23. We were so excited to finally say au revoir to our builder's port-a-loo and the endless rubbish skips!! I absolutely love your outdoor eating area ... the scale of the columns makes it really unique and special. The photo of the side of your house with the stepping stones and autumn leaves is very pretty. Congratulations on a job well done Heidi - you should feel very proud of your achievements. I hope you have a great week and enjoy the unusually warm May weather Adelaide has on offer. Jo xx

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comments Jo. It's been a busy week - 2 birthdays for 2 children.. am over the cake baking! But thank goodness for the nice weather, it made the parties a lot easier than if they'd been the weekends before with the cold and the rain. xx

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  24. Dear Heidi,
    Wow! What a transformation. I love how you have combined industrial elements with the classic villa of Adelaide.
    So modern!
    Well done and can't wait to the inside shots.
    Kate Bx

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    1. Thank you Kate B! It's the windows I think, they give that slightly industrial/ conservatory feel to it that I was trying to achieve. They may be worth all the pain and suffering in the end! Will try to get some interior shots up in the next week or so - keep waiting (and waiting) for the lights! xx

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  25. It's a very impressive outcome Heidi! Looks rather timeless too…no small feat of achievement in itself….

    It has such an Adelaide villa look to it too - you really nailed the name of your blog didn't you?

    Hope you are revelling in this absurd warm weather….it's all rather nuts but who is complaining about days and days of glorious warm sunshine in autumn? Not me!

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  26. You did a fab job! Everything is gorgeous. The roof lines. The materials. The shapes. I love it all!
    Can't wait to see some more interior shots. Especially with lights!

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