The completed extension to the house is magnificent nd eminently practical.I stayed in the pre-improvements house in January, visited in May when the family was camping above the building site and followed the ongoing trials, courtesy of the internet. Now it is a treat to see the transformation to this quirky Victorian house.
The sitting room remains a stylish reminder of the past, though much improved by newly restored bay window and greeny blue Farrow and Ball walls. But from the sitting room you are beckoned through the gleaming white kitchen to a large dining/family room and to the little back garden beyond.
The dining table has become the centre of family life during the day. Ella sits painting and drawing, Maddie looks on benignly from her bouncy chair and Jude and I revel in the cosiness of a heated floor the stairs down to the basement are a real feature; they are reflected in the glass floor beside them.
Downstairs, what will be another family/play room is still a stylish empty space. The children love this – plenty of room to run around yelling. And the bedroom where I will stay is still full of unpacked boxes, boxes full of baby things waiting to be passed on, and a motley collection of wood and paint tins.
Very sensibly – though frustrating for them – Ed and Jude have called a halt to further work until their finances have recovered a bit.