Renovation diary: One month into the building work

The building work for our house extension and renovation started on 1st March, so we’re exactly a month into it. The work so far has mostly been outside, demolishing the garage and building the shell of the side extension. The inside wasn’t affected during March apart from us clearing all our non-essential stuff from the house in preparation for the builders starting works inside.

I have been sharing it all on my Instagram Stories (most of which are saved onto my Reno story highlights if you would like to catch up), but I thought it would be good to do a little recap here of what has been happening in the past month.


Having a digger on site for digging the footings was cause for much excitement with my kids!

First Sense renovation - Kid on a digger


We also lay a new mains water pipe as our house is still on the original lead pipe. This meant we had to do the messy work of digging up our drive.

First Sense Renovation - Laying new water mains pipe


After just one week into the build, new drainage pipes had to be put into place and I had to give my builder exact measurements for where these needed to go. There would be no moving them once they were concreted in. My plans for the extension have veered a bit from the architect’s drawings, so it was a really big help that I already had a pretty good idea of the room dimensions I wanted in the extension, and exactly which loo and basin I would be getting, so that I could determine their precise locations in the WC to suit my requirements. Despite knowing what I wanted, I still found it nerve-racking to have to be so sure just one week into the build before I could even really see the space! This is a perfect example of ‘designing backwards’ when you are renovation – figuring out what you want out of the space before it is built. Now I need to start planning the rest of the rooms pronto!

First Sense Renovation - New drainage pipes


Watching concrete pour straight from the mixer truck is strangely satisfying and many of you enjoyed watching both the concrete pours for my extension as much as I did!


First Sense renovation - side extension shell

Our ground floor extension shell is now built and it is so great to be able to see the new space added to our house. This extension will give us:

  • a boot room (shown as cloaks in the floorplan below) which will keep the hallway clear of the clutter of coats, bags and shoes, hooray!
  • a WC
  • a utility room – finally, the kitchen will no longer be cluttered with washing or dirty wellies


On the last working day of March, I had lovely people from over to shoot my old kitchen, a few days before it was being demolished. So excited to work with them on our kitchen transformation! Stay tuned for more 😊

First Sense Renovation - Filming the old kitchen before it gets knocked out


Before the first floor extension shell can be built, the next stage is to knock down the supporting wall between the kitchen and dining+play area. This work started today… now it gets really messy!

First Sense Renovation - Knocking down walls

Keep an eye on my Instagram Stories for all the action!

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