When we were viewing houses we knew we would probably have to buy one that needed quite a bit of work if we wanted to afford something in our desired area. We weren’t afraid of doing a bit of work, but we didn’t quite anticipate how much work would be needed when we viewed our current house and fell in love. Even as we walked around viewing it we were discussing what our priorities would be in order to get it to a state where we could move in, never mind full renovate our future family home.
I was pregnant when we bought the house, and so we knew we were going to have to prioritise certain jobs over others. We wanted have a safe place to bring our little baby home to, but we did have an end goal in mind. We made a list, and this was the order we chose to carry out the work in.
First and foremost, we wanted a bedroom completed so we could move in. We chose to do Piglet’s bedroom, because it was the one room in the house that was not going to be affected by any of the other work that was to be going on. It was big enough for all 3 of us to live in for a while, so we sanded and painted it, and got a new carpet laid so we would have a safe haven amongst all the chaos.
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2. Central Heating
Pretty high on our list was to get the central heating looked at. We knew from when we viewed the property that the boiler was 24 years old and although it was working at the time, there was no guarantees it would continue. Knowing that we would soon have a newborn in the house we decided to start looking at central heating boilers straight away.
We had the whole system flushed and cleaned too, and as part of our new central heating installation we got the Hive. With the winters we have here in the north east of Scotland I have been very thankful for a reliable boiler!
3. Family Bathroom
When I was heavily pregnant with Piglet I was “showering” by crouching in a big bath in a cold room downstairs and pouring a jug of water over my head. The house didn’t have a proper family bathroom upstairs, and we didn’t waste much time in making arrangements for one to be fit in. It meant changing around the layout upstairs a bit and losing the master bedroom ensuite, but it was so worth it!
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4. Family Living Space
The biggest job in our house project was creating an open plan living/dining/kitchen area. We needed to take down 2 load bearing walls and get a building warrant for the work. We spent a while with an architect making sure the layout we chose was the best use of the space. We finally got our building warrant and started work around a year after moving in to the house, and completed it 6 months later.
Once the internals of the house were finished we turned our focus to the garden, and that is the stage we are still at now. We are essentially ripping out everything in both the front and back of the house and starting from scratch. We want the front of the house to have curb appeal, as at the moment it is a bit dated and hard to maintain. Out the back we are making the best use of the space for the boys to be able to get out and enjoy themselves as much as possible.
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