It's probably not going to come as much of a surprise to anyone who reads this blog to find out that we love our cottage. But that doesn't mean that we are blind to it's drawbacks. It is rather small; we have two bedrooms and while they are both very good sized rooms, there are still only two of them.
So we started thinking about what we could do to add on a bit of space.
Loft conversion? No - roof too low.
Extend over the kitchen and bathroom? No - too expensive and would involve carving up our second bedroom whilst not gaining all that much space.
Extend into the side return? No - would give a bigger kitchen but that's about it
Garden room? Hmmm.....
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The initial idea started out as not being that much bigger than our garden shed, with electricity and lighting so that my husband could use it as an office. Then we got an architect friend involved and, boys being boys, the idea took on a life of it's own. Now it is going to be much bigger than the shed and house a shower/W.C so that it can be used as a office-come-guest room.
The only problem is that this encroaches a bit more than I had anticipated on my much beloved garden. I'll admit the idea of losing a section of my garden (even though it is the shadiest part) brings me out in a cold sweat. So, with a rather old version of Photoshop, I mocked up an image of what our garden might look like if we went ahead with the project.
Holly looks sceptical, but what do you think? It's certainly not the prettiest photo I've ever produced and it's most definitely not to scale, but the width of the garden room is probably about right although it may be slightly higher. And it certainly gives a much better idea of what it might look like if we do go ahead (I still have cold feet and we have yet to agree and submit plans).
Of course, all this dithering hasn't stopped me accumulating a large number of garden room ideas on Pinterest!