Building work on blogger James Merrington’s Victorian house extension is progressing quickly, with the flooring, windows and cladding now all on order.

Progress on the extension remains on track, both in terms of timings and budget, which is great news. All the main steels are in, the first floor is up and the roof is on. First fix electrics have also been completed.

The next stage will be removing a huge chimney breast between what was the living room and the rear laundry. This unplanned work involves a custom steel support being installed to take the weight of the chimney at first floor level. Whilst this allows the creation of a large 8mx4m room, it did mean there would be no fireplace, which I considered unacceptable. We are therefore creating a new fireplace in the centre of the wall nearest to the outside.

Decisions about external timber cladding took some time to agree. but in the end we went for traditional feathered boards in cedar which we will treat to weather them to a grey colour.

Twenty-four hardwood acoustic laminated sash windows are now on order, and sliding panels for the kitchen will be ordered shortly. This section of glass will be almost seven metres wide, so my wife and I are particularly excited about this!

James merrington kitchen extension sliding doors

Plasterboard in the extension is the next stage, followed by the electrics second fix. The footings for the linking building between the barn and extension, which incorporates our new front door, will be poured in the next four weeks.

Based on inspiration from Real Homes, I went ahead and ordered 50m² of reclaimed maple flooring, which cost me £10m², and I’m looking forward to seeing it laid and sanded. Also thanks to the magazine, I’m going ahead with marshal concrete paving slabs, which I will be having polished.

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