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.
As you may know, we are about to tackle a large extension which is both exciting and daunting at the same time. We have delayed it slightly whilst our teenagers revise for their exams but it will start in the next month all being well. In the meantime, we need to make decisions on all sorts including kitchen fittings, bathroom fittings, flooring, boilers and what kind of underfloor heating we want! There is quite a bit to do and I’m getting a little overwhelmed at times although Pinterest has been very handy and the Easter break has been a great time for shopping for ideas. I thought I would share some of my thoughts about kitchens with you and perhaps you can help me make some decisions?!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Read more “The Old House Bedroom”
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.
Read more “Four Way’s to Give your Home’s Value a Boost”
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?
Read more “Quick and Easy Home Upgrades on a Budget.”
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.
Read more “Modernising an Old Home to Keep it Yours.”