One thing we have learnt is that there's always compromises to be made. On a certain plot width, and working with an original house, your hands are always going to be a little bit tied. Knocking down and starting again seems a) to cost an extortionate amount of money and b) such a shame when you like the original house. So we're not doing that. We will of course end up with a gorgeous house anyway, so much to still be excited about.
I'll leave you with some pics of the gorgeous garden we have inherited... plenty of work to be done there too of course but it sadly can't be top of our list right now..