A New House Project

Now that the sun has well and truly set on the flip house, it’s finally time to share what I’ll be working on next!

Some of you may have caught snippets of this if you follow me on Instagram or through my Facebook group, and I’m excited to reveal that I’m helping plan, design and decorate a house extension!

I’ve never worked on a new build before and am not sure whether this different direction will excite or disappoint you guys. I’m not even certain how to feel about it myself yet!

As much as I’d love to announce the extension is for my own home (that is on the cards, one day), it will actually be for my parent’s house.

They currently have a four bedroom, two bathroom home (you may have seen a few of their spaces in my past projects – Bathroom, Laundry, Living Room, Master Bedroom). They’ve lived in it for almost 40 years and have made some major, and lots of minor, improvements over that time. This extension will be a second story addition in the form of a suite.

The suite will include a bedroom, living and dining zone, kitchenette, bathroom and powder room. It will be like its own tiny home!

In conjunction with the extension they will also be giving the entire facade a fresh makeover! A big job given that over half the house forms the facade!

The decision to extend came about for three main reasons…

:: To re-capture their lovely views which were partially blocked when a large new house was recently built beside them.

:: To provide accommodation for visiting friends and family.

:: To satiate mum’s need to always have a project on the go! And, of course, to boost the value of the property without over-capitalising.

I was planning on sharing the extension progress in real-time though things got underway whilst I was still wrapping-up the flip house so I’ll be playing catch-up over the coming weeks. Can’t wait to share the design plan and some of the decorating decisions we’ve already made! Not to mention the actual build progress.

Speaking of decorating decisions, whilst I’ll have a hand in the overall design, this is my parent’s extension so obviously the general vibe will be driven by them. My mum has great taste though leans a bit more classic and conservative than me. Still, she’s open to a bit of risk-taking in the less permanent elements (and she trusts me – sucker!) so it will be really fun and interesting to bring everything together!

Whilst there will be an element of DIY and lots of budget-friendly inclusions, my parents are at a point in their lives where they don’t want to tackle every single project hands-on, plus they aren’t opposed to buying a few splurge items (nothing crazy of course, just some mid-range pieces in the interest of quality). They’ve worked incredibly hard, and made plenty of sacrifices, to get to where they’re at financially (which, by the way, is still far from wealthy), so good on them!

Obviously, this new build won’t progress quite as quickly as the flip house though to me that’s actually a good thing! I’m looking forward to working on and sharing some other personal projects on the side.

Will be back soon with the plans and some photos.

 

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24 Comments
  1. Pat from New Jersey USA says:

    Whoa, Nelly! The new project sounds exciting, BIG and a little scary. Love the previous projects from your parent house. Can’t wait to see what you have planned!

    • Thanks so much. Yes, daunting but exciting! Can’t wait to get stuck into the kitchenette and bathroom!

  2. Leslie Wood says:

    Very exciting! I can’t wait to see it – I know it will be amazing!

  3. Olivia says:

    Helping on a project with your parents I’m sure will have some nice benefits. A nice place to land that is not under construction for any discussions or breaks. Access to food and coffee. Best of all you get to spend time with your parents. Looking forward to following along.

    • Thanks Olivia. All the better for the fact they live super close to me too :)

  4. Deb from Maryland says:

    Kristine! I haven’t left you, just felt weird writing “wow”, “creative”, “amazing”, etc. over and over again, while you were sharing the flip house projects – and there are only so many synonyms! ;) You and your mom seem like a great team from the past projects you’ve worked together on, so I’m looking forward to your special ability to make any house a “home”.

  5. Judy Nicolls says:

    wonderful news for all

    question please – are you selling the white / yellow chairs yet?
    I would love to own them!!

    • Thanks Judy.
      As mentioned in my blog post, they were just quickly refurbed for the house sale so I’m thinking about finishing them properly before I sell them. Not sure when that’s going to happen yet.

  6. Magda says:

    I cannot wait! And I agree with Deb, I don’t want to sound false or silly. I just love everything you do and I check very often for updates; every time I wish I could express my admiration in a more intelligent way than “wow amazing love it”- even though that’s true – but …I cannot find so many words to describe how much pleasure it gives me…so sometimes I just keep quiet :) But I’m there.
    So …looking forward to the new project. :) :)

    • Aw, what a lovely thing to say. Thanks so much Magda. Totally made my day :)

  7. Erin Zubot says:

    So exciting! I can’t wait to see how you tackle this new challenge! And congrats to you mom and dad!

  8. Margaret says:

    I know you haven’t ask for ideas but I just can’t help myself…PUT THAT BEAUTIFUL STAIRWAY WHERE YOU WANT IT WITH ALL OF IT’S BEAUTY, GRACE AND CHARM. But, in the laundry room, kitchen or some where put in an elevator. I now live with my daughter, she has the beautiful stairs & we don’t want it marred with a stair climber. There is no place for an elevator unless I give up one of my closets. I don’t need the stair climber now but I may as time goes by. Think about this suggestion for future days.

    • My dad mentioned a lift however it’s not on the cards quite yet. Being on a sloping block my parents have quite a few steps just to get to their front door and at the moment like the “move it or lose it” adage. Not sure what they are planning for their later years but it’s a possibility.

  9. Diane says:

    Well I’m not surprised..you two are a terrific team so this project is in good hands..As someone who has very recently retired I appreciate your mom’s excitement over creating something new and refreshing the old..we are in the process of doing that..so much fun and I look forward to seeing your progress!! You are my inspiration Kristine!
    Keep it coming😉

    • Thanks so much Diane.
      Yes, my dad still works full time though mum retired last year however we have been so busy with other people’s houses (first my gran’s, then my aunt’s – which I didn’t share on the blog – then my friend’s) that her house has been ignored. Time to change that!

  10. Carol says:

    Fantastic news Christine. As always, thanks for sharing your wonderful creativity with your fans. High five girlfriend.

  11. Diana says:

    Great news. As with everything you do, I’m sure it will be fantastic. I look forward to following along.

  12. Tania says:

    Can’t wait to watch the Progress, and with your Talent Kristine, it’s going to be a winner .

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