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.
As many of my readers know, we are awaiting planning permission on the old house. It is a listed building here in the UK which means that the history of the building needs to be protected. So far it’s taken almost a full year of negotiations and in that time, we have wobbled on what we would like to do, if we are doing the right thing and whether or not we can fund it all! It has also made us think about whether we really need an extension at all.
Spending time together over the holiday period can be very stressful. According to statistics 62% of people found that they would describe their stress levels as ‘very or somewhat’ elevated over the holiday period. Perhaps because we are trying to make the holidays as perfect as they can be, without thinking instead about spending quality time together. In fact, the media tells us that divorce rates are elevated during January as couples are looking for a fresh start after spending so much time together over the holidays. Whatever the statistics, elevated stress levels can cause real heartache and it’s not just felt by adults, it can also impact our children.
When you become a mother to a baby girl, your life changes. It’s not that being a mother to a boy means that you aren’t going to experience a huge change, but having a daughter is an experience like no other. The mother/daughter bond is one that, when nurtured the right way, is unbreakable. Your daughter is going to grow up and be a reflection of you and if you get it right when she is little, you are going to end up with a best friend. It’s common knowledge that mothers and daughters have difficulties in their relationship when that beautiful little girl becomes a beautifully opinionated teenager.
Though we are currently still in the icy grips of winter, there is no reason why you can’t start looking forward to the warmer weather. After all, you want to make sure that your garden is ready to be enjoyed as soon as you can start getting outside again on a more regular basis. You may be thinking about planting some colourful flowers or growing your own vegetable garden. Whatever the case, we will be giving you a few tips here which you can start to put into action. When it comes to gardening, everything really is all about the timing.
Are you looking to add a home extension to your property? Perhaps its to add value to your home or create extra living space for you and your family. Whatever the reason, you do need to take care. We plan to renovate and extend the old house this year so we have been carefully considering our options. There are some important do’s and don’ts that you need to consider before you get beyond the planning stages. We have some of them right here, so read them and heed them before work begins.
What did you do on New Years Eve?
Go to a party?
Drink with your friends?
Perhaps you spent time with family?