Plotting and planning for a single story extension on a listed building

I have been going on (and on) about a new kitchen for a while now.

Since we moved here, in fact.

And every time my boy and I discuss our plans, the ideas are very much limited by the space that we’ve inherited and the fact that we have a gigantic AGA sitting in the middle of the only decent run of worktop space in the kitchen.

Extending to create a larger space has never, ever been on our radar because — as I’ve mentioned before (on more than one occasion) — our house is Grade 2 listed and our council is not particularly forward thinking or receptive when it comes to change.

Until now.

Amazingly, the cottage that we rented when we first moved up here (also Grade 2 listed) has just been granted planning permission for a double story extension!!! Not one but TWO stories — imagine that?!

To say I’m excited is an understatement.

Finally, there’s a glimmer of hope and a more than faint chance that we too may be granted planning to extend our own space.

Particularly as we would only be asking for a single storey extension.

We already have a conservatory running halfway across the back of the house.  I’d like to knock it down and create a double width structure, that houses both our sitting room and an extension to our current kitchen.

I’ve been poring over Pinterest and have a very clear idea of what I’d like. Finding the exact reference is pretty hard though.

So this is how it is currently.



Our cottage, as it is now…

I had a little play on photoshop earlier and have cobbled together a vague impression of how I’d like it to look.

In the future

a single story extension on a listed building

And this is an impression of  how it could look!

I’d actually like the the space split into two separate rooms, with two lots of doors opening onto the garden, rather than an open plan space as in the picture above. One set of bi-fold doors for the kitchen and another for the sitting room. And I’d like a roof lantern over each space.

Not too much to ask eh? ;)

If we do manage to persuade the council that this is a good idea we may even have room for a small utility room and *whispers* an actual downstairs loo!!! Be still my beating heart.

SO exciting.

It’s so clear in my head — I’ve drawn a few little sketches — and I think the next step is to speak to an architect and get some actual plans drawn up.

I’ve created a Pinterest board and have been merrily pinning. I haven’t found exactly what I want but I’m sure that with a little bit of careful planning and a lot of persuasion to our very strict council, we may *possibly* be a little closer to the kitchen of our dreams.

Watch this space.

Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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  1. Gemma
    17th May 2016 / 9:53 pm

    Ohhhhhh I’ve got my fingers crossed for you! This is so exciting and I really do home you get a big thumbs up! Please keep us updated with it all :)

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  2. Kerry
    18th May 2016 / 12:06 pm

    You must be so excited!! I know I would be, we often daydream about the difference a new kitchen and an extension would make to our home. Very pleased for you, great news!! Also the mock up looks amazing!!! xxx

    • 18th May 2016 / 3:10 pm

      It would make SUCH a difference wouldn’t it? It will be costly but so worth it, for how we live. Fingers crossed you get to do yours too, one day xx

  3. 18th May 2016 / 12:08 pm

    Oh my goodness how exciting!! It must be great to think that if someone else has got approval it would be possible for you too. You’re so clever with Photoshop, I love what you’ve mocked up. We don’t have a downstairs loo either and I’m dreaming of our one-day extension too Xx

    • 18th May 2016 / 3:09 pm

      It’s SO exciting!!! We’ve always written it off before — the council are notoriously ‘difficult’ so we didn’t think it was worth it. SO happy that there may be a chance of doing it finally!!

  4. 18th May 2016 / 2:21 pm

    Ooh, your cottage is beautiful!! But I totally understand the stress of cottage size – our current kitchen is a galley, and because we’re on the side of a steep hill (#yorkshireproblems) it is actually underground even! I desperately want to move it to the other side of the cottage so it can be above ground, and will be off the dining room instead of living room, so we could knock the two into one. BUT, we just knocked down half our upstairs so we need to finish this and our bathroom first, and then we can tackle downstairs…once we’ve got our finances back into a healthy state again – home reno + wedding all in one year = unhappy bank manager! :D x

    • 18th May 2016 / 3:08 pm

      Thanks so much Anna :)

      Aaah houses — they are total money-pits aren’t they?! Just as you finish one thing, you have to start something else!! Fingers crossed we both manage to get our dream kitchen eventually :)

  5. jemma@listoflovelythings
    18th May 2016 / 4:28 pm

    Wow – I am so impressed with your mock up! Am hopping over now to your pinterest board – we are also in planning for a new kitchen (not quite as big or lovely as yours) but still some super fab ideas for me to steal! Full of totally dream-like kitchens to drool over!

    • 18th May 2016 / 5:13 pm

      Thanks so much Jemma! It’s not exactly what I want but it certainly gives a feel for how it could look! Gotta love Photoshop!! It’s exciting to think that our house could look similar to the mock-up! :)

  6. 18th May 2016 / 8:58 pm

    Oh that would be amazing! I love that photo shopped extension, it would look fantastic across the back. I would love to do something like that too.

    • 20th May 2016 / 9:24 am

      Thanks so much Steph! It’s not exactly what I’d like but certainly gives a good idea of how it could look!! Gotta love Photoshop!! ;)

  7. 18th May 2016 / 8:59 pm

    Your cottage is so pretty. I hope you can get what you wish for, as it will look amazing! I’m already jealous of the space you could be getting! X #HomeEtc

  8. 18th May 2016 / 10:05 pm

    OOOh that is super exciting!! Fingers crossed you get the go ahead, it would be lush. #HomeEtc

    • 20th May 2016 / 9:22 am

      Thanks chickie!! A LONG way to go yet but I’m super-excited already!! :)

  9. 19th May 2016 / 11:24 am

    Fingers crossed you get planning permission. Your photoshop design looks totally amazing and having the extension will create an amazing space for you .

    • 20th May 2016 / 9:18 am

      Thanks so much lovely!! We’ve got to find an architect first but I’m SO excited!! :)

  10. 20th May 2016 / 11:20 am

    So excited for you Caro! I do hope it all goes ahead for you.
    Isn’t it funny how a utility room and downstairs loo, at a certain stage in life, replace a walk in wardrobe and ensure bathroom on you home wish list? ;)

    • 27th May 2016 / 4:35 pm

      Thanks chick and YES! I’d give my right arm for a utility room!! And maybe a kidney for a downstairs loo!! ;) PK — perhaps not — but joking aside — I think it would totally revolutionise how we live in our house. Fingers crossed the council see it the same way!! ;)

  11. 20th May 2016 / 3:06 pm

    How exciting – and sounds a fab plan. Loving the Photoshop Skillz too ;) Thanks for hosting #homeetc

    • 27th May 2016 / 4:34 pm

      Thanks lovely!! Aaah Photoshop — where would I be without it? ;) x

  12. Kay Brown - Cheery Little Thing
    21st May 2016 / 12:07 pm

    Good luck! Your home looks lovely, hopefully the council will see that you have good intentions and support your renovation ideas :)

  13. 21st May 2016 / 10:15 pm

    How very very exciting! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you, I hope it all goes well, it’s a huge job but it seems like it would give you even bigger benefits once done :) I will definitely be watching this space for any updates on the planning!


    • 27th May 2016 / 4:33 pm

      Aah thanks Sanna — SO thrilled that it’s finally a possibility! I’d always discounted it before! xx

  14. 24th May 2016 / 9:18 am

    WOW that could be utterly amazing and what a perfect space for the family and for entertaining. I hope it comes off for you – I know HOW much you’d love a new kitchen!! Stunning :) xx


    • 24th May 2016 / 5:12 pm

      I KNOW!!!! It would literally transform how we use our house. There’s a long way to go yet but I’m SO excited at the thought of it!! :)

  15. 28th May 2016 / 7:02 pm

    Wow, Caro, it would be amazing! We had our house extended about 3 years ago, and although stressful, it transformed the house and made me really fall back in love with it. Good luck!! X

    • 29th May 2016 / 9:50 am

      Aah thanks so much lovely!! It has never been a possibility before because the council are so unapproachable but now I really think we’d be allowed to do it!! SO excited!! :)

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