Get to know us

My name is Sarah-Jane, or ‘SJ’ as my friends know me. And I live in a little village a little way outside of London with my incredible husband Matt, my two gorgeous boys James and Riley, new baby girl Scarlett – not to mention my small menagerie of animals…! We have two wonderful dogs called Percy and Sky, two loving cats called Apollo and Bailey, two cheeky little Shetland ponies called Tommy and Kenny and four egg-laying chickens.

We love being active and enjoy nothing more than getting stuck into new adventures, whether it be on camping trips, holidays abroad, or quite simply, weekend pony rides and long dog walks to the pub. Weekends for us are always busy, if we are not socialising with friends or family, we are in the garden tackling the flower beds and up ladders cutting back the ever-growing climbing plants which surround the house! We enjoy life and believe every day should count!

Our home is our sanctuary, a place where many happy memories are formed and where my most cherished posessions live (my children, my man and my animals). So when it comes to making our house a home, our home, I can think of nothing better than to make it the place that I love.

What are we doing?

We have just completed our “little” 8 month build project – yes, I’m teasing you here by saying it was little! It was an epic project which involved us transforming our rather dated, cold (we had no central heating, just electric oil heaters and a coal burning stove), and unstylish house into a 21st century family home which is warm, comfortable, technologically driven and interiorly rather slick! Throughout the whole 8 months, we all lived in a static caravan on site – so that’s me (pregnant), Matt, the two boys and the two dogs. Oh, and occasionally our two cats!

We are now living in the house (and loving it!) and slowly furnishing it room by room. If you have an interest in home builds, interiors and family living, give me a follow!

Why the blog?

What better way to diarise the unfolding of our build than via the web, not only can we share our experiences with people who are interested in home projects and interior design but my nearest and dearest from all over the country (my family and friends are fairly spread out!) can follow our progress and keep up to date with the highs and lows (yes, we have experienced both) of building a new home.

What’s in it for you?

Reading our blog can benefit you too! You’ll get to experience the roller coaster that is a renovation project, with all its dust, diggers, hefty cheques, intense co-ordination and endless decision makings, without ever having to leave the comfort of your home!

In all honesty though, this blog is really just a keep-sake recording of our home renovation project but, if we can inspire you or help you in some way with a project that you may be considering, or perhaps in the midst of completing, then this blog has done more than we possibly could have expected it to do.

Please get in touch if you have any questions or simply want to share your thoughts and opinions. I hope you enjoy the updates and please wish us good luck!


  1. June 17, 2016 / 11:46 am

    Hi guys, if you are looking for any resin bound stuff let us at 365floors know. Its transforms drives and gardens.

    We are on facebook as well as insta which you started to follow 🙂

  2. Terry
    December 30, 2016 / 6:59 pm

    Hi all
    Your work looks great,

    I was wondering if you could point me in the right direction to get a quotation on your rear glass large panels

    Do you also have any recommendations for the type of glass you selected

    Keep up the good work


  3. March 8, 2017 / 10:19 pm

    Hi there! My husband and I have thoroughly enjoyed following your build on instagram and have taken a bit of inspiration from you also – our door knocker arrives next week! Your home is just beautiful…I don\’t know how you do it with 2 boys!!
    Good Luck with the arrival of your daughter, such a special time.
    Oh I suppose I should mention…if you are ever in the market for some gates and/or gate automation, feel free to check out our website, we\’d love to work with you 😉

    Lauren x

    • March 20, 2017 / 5:20 pm

      Hi Lauren, apologies for the delayed reply (having a new baby has slowed me down somewhat!!). We are definitely on the market for an automation gate system so perhaps you can help?

  4. March 20, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    Hi SJ,

    We are an innovation agency based in London currently looking at new ways of documenting home renovations through social media. We are looking for some experts to have a short and informal conversation with and stumbled across your profile when searching on Instagram. I couldn\’t find your email on the blog but if this sounds interesting please shoot me an email and I can give you some more info.

    Lovely blog by the way!

    Best regards,

  5. Mary
    June 9, 2018 / 1:37 am

    Hi SJ, just stumbled on your blog tonight and enjoy reading your rollercoaster journey. We are at the tail end of your build ourselves (stressful!) with no experience whatsover in redecoration/renovation. I was interested on the lighting you have in the bedroom you have as your profile photo. May I ask what it’s called?


    • justalittlebuild
      June 9, 2018 / 9:43 am

      Hi, I bought our bedroom lights Wayfair and it’s by a company called Dar lighting x

  6. claire johnson
    October 26, 2018 / 3:30 pm

    Hi just a little build, well i totally fell in love with your little boy room and so i copied it and its nearly complete apart from the christy junior bedding (cosmos throw) its sold out everywhere…. but i will not give up .. thank you so much for the inspiration love claire

    • justalittlebuild
      October 26, 2018 / 4:22 pm

      Ah, I’m so pleased!! I hope the throw comes back into stock as its so lovely and one of my favourite things in his room!

  7. Susan quinn
    November 14, 2018 / 8:06 pm

    Hi love your front door where was this purchased the blog

    • justalittlebuild
      December 6, 2018 / 11:32 am

      Thanks! We got our front door from a company in Poland, along with our windows.

  8. Rachel
    January 8, 2019 / 6:44 pm

    Hi I was just wondering if you had done an interiors course?? Thought I read somewhere that you had? I’m keen todo one and would be grateful of any recommended courses. Thanks x

    • justalittlebuild
      January 11, 2019 / 7:59 am

      Hi, it was just a day workshop with Lauren Gilberthorpe Interiors (last January – there’s a blog post on it!). I did think about doing more of a course but never got round to it!

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