The Plans for the Old House…..finally!

And so it begins.

As many of you know, we have been granted planning permission for some major works on the Old House. This took a full year as the building is listed. This means that we have to rightfully respect the history of the house and ask permission to change any part of it.

This week, we met with our lovely builders to look at the plans again and to go through a programme of works to ensure a smooth and efficient build. For example, we shall be without a boiler for a period of time which means no hot water which means no showers! With teenagers (and their mum!), it is vitally important to plan for this! In seriousness though, both children have exams in the summer (one has A Levels and the other has GCSE’s) and we had to be mindful of this when planning when to start and when the build would affect the present house and the ability to shower!

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The Old House Bedroom

It’s taken us a while to do any work inside the Old House as we’ve waiting for planning permission to make some changes. However, the rooms I wanted to be decorated and finished were our bedrooms. The children’s bedrooms are clean and functional but at the moment, lack in storage so when we were thinking about extensions and renovations, we knew we needed to include more storage. Until that work starts, we have made do with what we have and I have painted some of the wardrobes to keep them fresh.
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Four Way’s to Give your Home’s Value a Boost

With house prices on the rise, it seems that now is a good time to invest in your current property, so that you can make the most of the value that it has. Plus, with not as many homes on the market at the moment, perhaps due to the uncertainty of things like “Brexit”  if you’re looking to sell, you want to make sure that your home is the one that people are fighting over, so that you get the best offer. So here are some of the tried and tested ways that you can add value to your home, whether you’re planning to sell soon or not.
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Quick and Easy Home Upgrades on a Budget.

If money were no object, then many of us may be doing home renovations, redecorating, or extending, left, right, and centre! But as this isn’t the case for the majority of us, we have to plan the updates and changes that we plan to make to the home, as well as save up for them. And with the cost of living rising and rising, it may seem that your plans for your home are a long way off. But there are some options for updating your home that are going to be a little cheaper than you may imagine. Here some ideas to give you a little inspiration; what will you change first?
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Modernising an Old Home to Keep it Yours.

The beauty of having an old house is that it is filled with history. Generations of your family or another have lived here before, and families will continue to live here well into the future. You can hear the creaks of the floorboards stepped on a million times before; you can smell the brick and coal that has stood and burned for hundreds of years. It is these factors that make it a home. It is cosy. It has character.
But everything needs updating at some point; our shower broke this morning! Utilities will fail, wear and tear will undoubtedly have an influence on the well-lived areas, and at some point what has laid there for years will just not cut it anymore. Modernising  your old home is essential to keep it standing and continuing to stand forever, and you don’t need to tear it down and start again to achieve this.
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Old House: Modern-ish Kitchen

Living in an old house is one of the biggest blessings we have ever had. It’s the foundation of so many other parts of our lives that we love. But as wonderful as it is most of the time, there is one slight niggle we have to live with on a daily basis, and that is living with an old kitchen.
Old house are lovely, old kitchens are not. Sure, they look nice, but so do modern ones and, what’s more, they’re practical too. The good news for those nodding their heads to what I’ve just described is, you don’t need to throw a whole wad of cash at your kitchen to give it a truly stunning facelift, as you’re about to find out.
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Little Touches To Lift A Dark And Tired Interior.

The craziness of Christmas finally seems to be over and a new year is in full swing (the Easter eggs will be filling the supermarket shelves in no time). It’s time for fresh starts and new beginnings, and if you’re living in a busy family home; your interior space will impact the mood of the whole household. There’s always one or two rooms in your house that feel neglected; they may have become a dumping ground for all sorts of things over the years, and they are left unused and a waste of precious family space. Therefore, there’s no better time to start thinking about how to repurpose a room or give it some much-needed TLC and an interior facelift so that you have another area for your loved ones to use and enjoy.
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How to Maximise Space When You Can’t Upsize.

It’s incredibly rare that your first home will be the one that you stay in forever, especially these days. With property prices increasing at far higher rates than wages, more and more first-time buyers are having to settle for homes that will not be big enough for their needs beyond their first child. The time will come when you outgrow your home, and you will start searching for something with a bit more room. However, not everyone has the luxury of being able to afford to upsize whenever the need arises or is able to afford an extension If this is the situation you find yourself in, do not worry. Below are three tips to help you maximise the space you already have so that you have room to swing a cat for a few more years.
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