My Garden Bucket List Top 5, Spring 2018

There are some lovely garden buys this Spring and there are many that I have my eye on! All would look fabulous in the Old House Garden  or in any garden for that matter! I would love to buy all of these and although at the moment we are saving for the extension, I can still look! Here are my garden bucket list top 5 items Spring 2018.

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Grab your tools! It’s time to renovate!

If you came expecting to see photos of our renovation, sorry it hasn’t started yet. I am getting totally fed up and feel like I could probably get on and do it myself! We are waiting for the roof drawings from the Architect at the moment. Without them, we can’t see how much Oak to order and our lovely builders can’t start until that happens. It’s frustrating to be honest but then we knew this wouldn’t be an easy process when we started our plans.

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Clever Energy-Saving DIY Ideas Anyone Can Implement.

Most people would agree that it is important to try and save energy in the home. If you also believe this, then you are probably forever on the lookout for some good clever energy-saving ideas which you can implement in your own home. As it happens, it is pretty easy to save energy in your home without making big, drastic changes. Most of all, it is just about those smaller changes which you will find add up to make an enormous difference. In this article, we are going to take a look at some of the best energy-saving DIY ideas which you can probably easily get behind. As long as you try these out, you will be surprised with how much energy you can really save in the long run.

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Bringing the garden in: Using greenery in your home.

I have recently been looking for inspiration for the old house and I’m loving the trend for bringing the garden inside using botanicals, house plants and using green for interiors. As a gardener, bringing the garden into the house is perfect for me, especially as we are now in Spring. With the Old House garden always in my mind, I thought using some of this inspiration may help me make some decisions about what to use in our renovations.

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When Old Homes Throw Temperature Tantrums

We all love our old homes for what they are. The truest sense of love is not about possession and treating it like it’s a mere trinket in your pocket. The way you really love someone, or something is about appreciation. The problem is, old homes have their own personalities that they have shaped and made for decades but they do need looking after to maintain their quirks as well as maintaining their value. In this recent cold weather, we have sometimes struggled to control the temperature in the old house; in fact, we often wake up to condensation on the windows in these freezing temperatures!

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Choosing a New Shed for the Old House Garden.

We already have a shed; it was left in the Old House garden by the previous owners. In fact, it is every Gardener’s dream shed because it was left FULL UP with garden tools, gadgets, 2 mowers and an old fashioned lawn roller! However, hubbie has more gadgets, tools and thingyme bobs in the garage and house; you name it, he has it. He is the gadget king when it comes to DIY and gardening! As the garage is coming down in a month’s time to make way for a new garage and extension, he needed a place to put these too.
A new shed was in order!

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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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Does House Decoration Influence Home Love?

Does house decoration influence home love and positivity? Well yes, absolutely, but only I believe, if you make the right choices.  To build a loving home is no small feat, as it is the shared space within which yourself and your family thrive and collaborate. Every member of the family may want different things from the space too which may result in conflict. So, can we build a comfy home that promotes love and positivity? I hope this guide will help to provide you with some good advice on how to foster home love through your decoration choices.
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How to Create a Relaxing Atmosphere at Home.

The home is a place where you want to kick back and relax  and forget about all the stresses of the world. But everybody knows that it is never that easy to simply find peace and quiet in your home. There are chores to do, tidying, cleaning, cooking, upkeep, and everything in between!
But there are still solutions that you can explore to find the perfect relaxing atmosphere within the home. It’s important; our homes are our sanctuaries after all. There are many ways to create just a little bit more ambience of calm. Consider seeking these solutions to make you fall in love with your home’s atmosphere all over again.
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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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