Project Woodlands

I have recently purchased a 1930’s bungalow. We plan to remodel it and bring it up to date, putting our contemporary stamp on it. Here you can follow our journey from day one until completion.

Project Woodlands landmark moment

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Project Woodlands landmark moment

17th August 2015 Since getting planning permission just over 12 months ago, we have been trying to find the right builder at the right price and work out how we are going to fund the project . We didn’t quite anticipate it would take as long as it has and some of the shockingly high quotes we have had along the way. We did however take at least 6 months off to concentrate on our wedding last summer when we realised it wasn’t realistically going to be possible to get the project started until this year. This year has been passing us by quickly and we were getting anxious to get started whilst the weather is likely to be more favourable. Just two months ago we finally decided on a builder who has done a few loft conversion projects for neighbours and they had a slot in their schedules that was coming up and would allow us to get the work done before winter kicks in. As we don’t have the funds to be able to complete the whole project in one go, we have chosen to focus on getting the main structural elements done so that the majority of the exterior work can be done. This will leave the back wall with bifold doors and interior alterations to the kitchen and en-suite layouts to do at a later date. This will enable us to get the master bedroom and main bathroom finished as well as the exterior. So finally after many sleepness nights work has started today and the bay window exists nolonger. Its  a relief to finally get the project started however with the details of this project key to its success and the financials still a bit of a juggling act these are still dominating my thoughts for now. I will be posting regular updates during the 12 week build and beyond, so you can follow our...

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Planning Permission brings us a step closer

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Planning Permission brings us a step closer

After submitting our plans to the council there was a long period of silence with the plans taking weeks to even appear on the planning portal due to a backlog in the planning department.

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Project Woodlands hits a stumbling block

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Project Woodlands hits a stumbling block

Its been a while since my last update and that’s because not a great deal has happened, and it has been a frustrating time.

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Slow progress

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Slow progress

Its been a while since my last post and there has been little progress.

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3D visualisation of renovation plans

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3D visualisation of renovation plans

Following on from our initial sketches we wanted to see a more realistic representation of how our ideas for our 1930s renovation would look as you can never get a realistic idea from pencil sketches. Putting the plans onto the computer using Sketchup enabled us to see this and develop the design further.

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initial ideas and sketches

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initial ideas and sketches

We have been working on some ideas for the house and here are some sketches which should give you an idea of the look we are aiming for.

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Demolition Gate Post

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Demolition Gate Post

The entrance to our driveway is pretty tight and so last weekend we demolished the gate post to give us and guests a bit more room.

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The keys are finally in our hands

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The keys are finally in our hands

After collecting the keys we were excited to finally see what the house looked liked empty.

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A New Beginning

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A New Beginning

Our journey to get to where we are today has been long, hard and emotional.

I won’t bore you with all the details but in 2007 we made a decision to relocate to from Kent to Surrey. Little did we expect the impending property crash and that it would take us 5 years to sell the bungalow we had worked so hard to renovate.

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