I really like to keep things simple. That’s why I have always said when buying a house, make sure the kitchen and bathrooms are already sorted and fitted before you buy. I mean, the idea of having to change anything drastically before moving in used to send shivers down my spine, however, when I started ‘courting’ Michael, he managed to convince me otherwise having previously renovated his flat and so I foolishly didn’t listen to my own advice when we moved into our current house. As a result, we are now in a complex, mind-boggling process of possibly starting an extension much to my dismay. I say possibly because it all depends on budgets and long list of ‘things to do’ which seems to be continually growing by the day. Truth be told I’m already over it.

First and foremost, there is no build without a builder! I state the obvious I know, but the horror stories I have heard and seen on television makes me nervous. Luckily, we now have a recommendation, so fingers crossed. Phew. But where do we start when questions like drainage, steels and building regulations come into play? And then there’s the lengthy process of choosing a kitchen and which tiles to consider. Don’t even get me started on the types of windows and doors you need to choose and how will we light the place? I’m totally confused as to how this all comes together to be frank, and who in their right minds would put themselves through all this stress? The answer would be me.

I think what I need to do is to remain calm and try and imagine the finished project and how it could look (difficult as I’m no interior designer). I also need to consider I will no longer need to store my baking tins in the towel cupboard if we pull this off, and we will finally get the boiler fixed (and other things too) once and for all. I think I’ll just leave this one for Michael to sort.