Becoming A Family Again with VELUX Extensions

If you’ve ever carried out a home renovation, however big or small, you’ll appreciate just how blooming stressful the whole process can be and how much it can take its toll on the family.

There’s a reason why those people who feature their renovation projects on Grand Designs look more and more strained. Ageing about ten years, every time Kevin McCloud rocks up to see how they’re getting on. They’re usually years behind schedule. Thousands over budget and still living in the shed at the edge of a building site.

Well that’s enough to age anyone, isn’t it?

No one takes on a renovation project lightly. Oh, wait, yes they do. I did. What a numpty.

Six months I thought it would take us to renovate our home. Six months. In the end, it took eighteen months. We also went way, way, over budget to make the place livable and it still isn’t close to being finished.

We are however finally feeling settled in our new family home, but the road we took to achieve this home was a rough one and not one we’re going to forget overnight.

Remembering Our Renovation

For us, the renovation process was a really tough time. We came close to breaking us on several occasions. With Jack working two jobs plus doing a majority of the work on the house where and when he could, it put a huge strain on our family unit. Throw a new baby into the mix too, now that’s always a good way to ease any stresses. Not.

I look back on that period of time and it’s really dark and gloomy. Torn between whether or not we’d made a huge mistake in renovating this house. And if after all the stresses that we’d actually be happy in our new home. Both of which put a momentous amount of pressure on us.

We had taken a huge risk adding an extension to our home and we wanted it to be worth it. To find the light and to be content again which I appreciate doesn’t always come from material things. But for us, it was important to complete this house and start living again. Which is why I’m excited to work with VELUX again, focusing on all of the positive aspects that have come from our home renovation.

Choosing VELUX Roof Windows

When planning our single-storey extension we wanted to create a family space that would become the heart of the house.

The main vision that we had for the house was to have a central space, that would always be bright and light with additional access to fresh air, (I’m obsessed with fresh air flowing through our home. It is kind of a must when you’ve got littles and their stinky nappies piled up by the back door!) We wanted our extension to have a comforting and welcoming atmosphere that we could enjoy all day, every day and in every season of the year.

So choosing VELUX Roof Windows was a no-brainer for us.

Seeing The Light 

The moment you walk into our kitchen extension, the first thing you appreciate is the light. It is definitely an aspect of our home that we don’t take for granted. Having a North facing garden, it was crucial to bring as much light as possible into our home all throughout the year and this is achieved through our VELUX windows.

There are two moments of the day that are my favourite in our kitchen/family area.

First thing in the morning, when I come down to make tea and the babies milk, I’m always taken aback by how bright the room is. The quietest time of day, before my little Divas kick off and the day becomes it’s usual chaotic state. The brightness of the space calms me. Whatever the weather outside, it fills me with a positivity that sets me up for the day ahead.

When we reach the end of the day, I’m usually frazzled.

Before I take the babies upstairs for their bath, we put on our favourite songs, (our current fave is My Girl by The Temptations) and we spin and dance around the kitchen in an attempt to shake off any stresses, (and tantrums) from our busy days. I just love seeing the girls smile and giggle and it’s moments like this that make my heart full.

Becoming A Family Again 

Taking a moment to appreciate all of the hard work that’s gone into building our home, is almost a therapeutic way of moving forward for our family. Time to focus on all of the joy that our house brings us now and all of the love that fills it.

It’s the everyday scenarios that we love the most.

OK, so perhaps we don’t love the seemingly consistent chaos and the mess, but I do really love our breakfast times, coffee catch ups and play dates with friends. The play times and planning the future. Making dinner and catching up about our days. The little moments of every day which were always the moments that we envisioned. They were the end goal that kept us going.

We are finally starting to feel settled into our home and more importantly, we feel as if we are a family unit again. Learning to enjoy our time together again. I’m so excited to watch our babies grow in our new home and I’m also really happy that life for us is a whole lot brighter than it was a year ago.

VELUX Extension Pinterest Inspiration

As part of the #VELUXextensions campaign, I’m excited to be hosting a mood board of inspiration over on my Pinterest page. Where I’ll be pinning a whole host of extension inspiration and ideas on how light and fresh air can be a real benefit to family life in your home. You can follow the board here or simply click on the link below.


This is a sponsored post in collaboration with VELUX (GBI)







  1. Kate
    July 18, 2018 / 7:41 am

    Looks lovely light and bright!!

    • katie
      July 23, 2018 / 10:54 pm

      Thank you so much lovely, it’s definitely my favourite room in the house x

  2. Mel
    July 18, 2018 / 12:15 pm

    Great blog and so many different reasons why light is so important in the family home ….I have never even taken it into consideration!! Love reading your blogs and the positive spin you finish with on the stressful domestic hurdles we all come across in parent life.

    • katie
      July 23, 2018 / 10:55 pm

      Thank you so much, Mel, I really appreciate it lovely! xx

  3. July 19, 2018 / 12:01 pm

    We have a VELUX roof window which brings light right down into the middle of the house and I am very thankful for it. Yours looks lovely xx

    • katie
      July 19, 2018 / 12:52 pm

      It makes such a difference, doesn’t it? Especially in the winter, I’m so pleased that it’s something we invested in x

  4. July 19, 2018 / 12:06 pm

    Our Velux windows are great! I really want our whole roof to be one big Velux window. Can’t believe how good your house looks! Xx

    • katie
      July 19, 2018 / 12:55 pm

      Haha yes, what a good idea! It’s actually made me wonder if perhaps we should have had Velux windows put in now! Thank you lovely, there is still so much to do, but we’ll get around to it x

  5. July 19, 2018 / 6:54 pm

    Oh i would love VELUX windows!

    • katie
      July 23, 2018 / 10:50 pm

      They are great, so pleased we had them put in x

  6. Frances
    July 20, 2018 / 5:11 pm

    Brilliant post, we are Velux lovers as well. Your post makes me wish we had put a bigger one in!! That can go down as our next project! Your house looks so beautiful and light xx

    • katie
      July 23, 2018 / 10:51 pm

      Thank you so much lovely! I’ve spent so much time looking at ours over the last week that now I wish we’d put in three! I won’t tell Jack that though haha! xx

  7. Robyn Burns
    July 26, 2018 / 1:53 pm

    The house looks amazing with the VELUX windows. Often easy to take for granted how much light makes a difference in a home. Here’s to a bright future with your beautiful family xxx

    • katie
      January 21, 2019 / 10:57 am

      Thank you so much lovely 🙂 xx

  8. Tom Birch
    July 26, 2018 / 2:16 pm

    Wow! The renovation may have taken a ‘little’ longer than originally planned but looks like it was worth the wait! Great job all involved. The windows look incredible. The light they generate (even for a North facing garden) is simply superb! Will 100% consider using VELUX windows in the future. Delighted for you and the family xxx

    • katie
      January 21, 2019 / 10:57 am

      You definitely should…they’ve been the best investment for our home and our family. Thank you so much Tom xx

  9. Sarah Dixey
    July 26, 2018 / 10:11 pm

    Brilliant blog. Kitchen looks great, such a lovely space for you & the family. The Velux gives so much light, will definitely bare this in mind for my next project. Look forward to the next read xxx

    • katie
      January 21, 2019 / 10:58 am

      Thank you so much lovely! xx

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