The Next Step
In part two of my home renovation journey, the excitement from part one had given way to a whirlwind of thoughts racing through my mind. I was overwhelmed by what needed to be done, worrying about costs, potential missed details, and the order of tasks. Stress was creeping in, despite well-meaning advice from friends and family.
After taking a deep breath and regaining some clarity, I decided to start by knocking down a wall.
This particular wall had once been a hall cupboard, and by removing it, I could create a seamless flow from the entrance to the living room, a significant improvement from the old layout. The next step was a bit more daunting. I had to relocate pipes from the kitchen, close off a wall, reroute radiator pipes, and handle electrical work – a massive headache.
With my budget in mind, I began searching for professionals to tackle this intricate work. Thankfully, a friend recommended someone reasonable, and we managed to make crucial changes without breaking the bank. Pipes were moved, squeaky floorboards fixed….well some but I will get to that, and radiators shifted, all while keeping costs under control.
I was also fortunate to receive beautiful doors from my generous friends, which enhanced the entrance from the hall to the living room.
Aided by a helpful friend, I added some spotlights throughout the house, bringing my vision to life.
As the chaos in my mind slowly subsided, I began to grasp the necessary tasks, their sequence, and the timing. I patiently waited for the joiner to work their magic before I could proceed.
In the meantime, I turned my attention to the front and back gardens.
Overgrowth was trimmed back, not just for aesthetics but to prevent potential issues with roots causing dampness under the house. It was a small one-bedroom bungalow, and I wanted to maintain its open and welcoming appearance.
Once the joiner finished their part, it was time for more choices. I was determined to install new patio doors, a crucial upgrade. But there was another expense I had been dreading: replacing the aging living room, bedroom, and bathroom windows due to rot and poor quality. With winter approaching, I decided it was best to invest in new, energy-efficient windows..
Finally, there was the matter of the front door. The existing one offered little security, being more of an internal door. With suggestions from friends and family, I decided to relocate the front door to the main wall, which not only improved security but also created a more modern look. After crunching numbers and getting an acceptable quote from my joiner, I gave the green light to this last essential change.
Stay tuned for more updates on my home transformation journey! the next part was plastering and more!!
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