Thursday, 21 February 2013

On our way at last


After over 12 months of waiting for council permission, we can finally say that we can start renvoating and extending our tiny Edwardian double fronted house in Melbourne's Western Suburbs. It has 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, no dining and a teeny tiny living room.

Here is the original kitchen:
Original kitchen photo Kitchen.jpg
We have lived here since 2004, a few months after we got married. It was never intended to be our forever house. We were going to do a fast reno, sell and upgrade. Somehow, money and time got in the way and it was a much slower process than we had planned.

3 children later and we have run out of space. We feel that the cheaper option is to exetnd rather than move house as the stamp duty would kill us. So 14 months ago we put in some basic plans to the council to extend back and add an extra living, ensuite and bedroom.

We think that adding an extra storey would be a much better idea if this is to be our forever house. I say if, because I would never be so rigid as to not be open to the idea of moving if the need be. So on Wednesday we are meeting with our draftsman to run through the plans for the upper storey extension.

Here are our single storey plans. The wider part at the back is all new extension.

After they are drawn up they have to be re-submitted to council and further advertising done before we can actually get the engineering done. That is when we will see how much it will all cost I guess. My Husband will be doing as much of the work as he can as he is a carpenter and we did pretty much all the other renovation work ourselves.

Along the way I will be posting about my decorating ideas and little side jobs. It is all very exciting and I am constantly thinking about how it will all fit together.



  1. Hi Nat! Very excited to watch your changes long the way.

  2. Hi Natalie,
    I just found your blog via another blog (your comment on Calypso in the Country). I intend reading all the way through your posts, so I can see how your build progressed. I also live in Australia - the Northern suburbs of Wollongong, on the NSW South Coast - so am delighted to find a blogger from here!
    Looking forward to reading,
    Cheers, Liz (Woonona Beach)

    1. G'day Liz.
      There isn't too many reno blogs in Australia (well not many that I found that are very active anyway). Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. Hope it is of some interest