Over the last 2 years all rooms have been decorated. However more space was needed as a son was born. Needing a study, and anticipating that in the future Samuel may be provided with a brother and or sister, it was decided that 3 bedrooms were not going to be enough.
The obvious answer was to build up by converting the upstairs single dormer room into two double bedrooms. An architect was going to be used to not only design the building but also oversee the project. However, within minutes of arriving, the architect had dashed any hopes of a vertical expansion of Woodlea. The roof pitch limited any serious expansion of the upstairs, and what could be done would be at great cost, require raising the roof, and the small matter of the house being uninhabitable for 3 months. Everything looked very gloomy until the architect saw the garden. He suggested linking a new room to the old house via a walk-through conservatory.
Plans were submitted to the council and permission granted. Following this, building regulations were submitted and again passed. Now was the time to send out tender documents to various builders. The tender was to include such things as carpets, painting, flooring etc as builders were to be asked to do all these finishing touches. The architect handled this process and eventually helped make the final decision regarding which builder to use.
Work was started and progressing well.