Updating my post of about 18 months ago:
OUTSIDE: sort the drainage and the drive, create a parking zone and have some lighting.
Getting quotes for this, but may not go ahead
Landscape the back garden (must find the phone no of that nice Mr Brown who did such a spiffing job of Pemberley);
Done some work with a path and a fencs, and getting a shed soon, and a paved area, but I think this might be long term and incremental, although we could do with having a master plan of where we’re heading
create a sitting out area with possibly a gazebo (or hunting tower??) does a few slabs and shed count?
plan some colourful annuals in the tubs done
sort the leaky guttering Hmmm, had some cowboys fix the guttering and now it;s worse than before Grrrr!!
build an entrance porch at the front.not doing this as will cut out too much natural light
HALL: use the space better by creating a downstairs shower room (and possibly a galley kitchen so office end can be self contained) Rethought this area completely, it will now be a reception/ greeting area, and lots of doors to other places. open and airy and light. This is phase two coming soon
fit new weatherproof front door done but has to be redone due to contracters making the door open the wrong way (!!), BUT we are utilising this door and creating a door out the back where the window is, so the doors match
replace light fitting (broken glass)will be done when hall is refitted
DH OFFICE: Extend into garage ; relace doors to the outside (or consider if we need doors here at all)Quotes are in, this is phase 3
TV ROOM: sort the intermittent signal (maybe we need a dreaded satellite dish!) done, Got sky!
repair plaster to wall glad I saw this, plasterer is coming this weekend so can ask him to pop a lump on this patch
plaster round the door where it got missed Ooohh and this!!
new rugs not done this yet
get rid of surplus HiFi wires done, cut them off with scissors – simple.
SNUG: Get rid of surplus HiFi wires done – scissors job!
Repair fireplace can’t find anyone to do this, still looking
move clock from hall to here and get it working done, miracuously once it was moved it started working of it’s own accord.
KITCHEN: Consider what is kept where and is it logical; fit more powerpoints; consider new cupboards and deeper work tops;replace cooker with one that is reliable (maybe link to heating plan); replace TV and move this one upstairs
We have a plan – but most of this will have to wait until there is more money available. However cooker seems ot be OK now and we have a service plan for it
UTILITY: if having shower in the hall then remove shower and install large larder fridge; install cupboards where fridges are; box in area under the sink to make a cupboard. completely rethought this, and this is current work, which is converting this room into a downstairs bathroom with a new entrance off the hall and blocking off the doorway to the kitchen. This releases a wall in the kitchen which we now have plumbed ready for moving the sink (long term kitchen plan)
HEATING: research options to install new heating system (maybe go greener and have solar panels…or a windmill in the garden!!). Central heating is being fitted now, we have gone for an oil combi boiler, so not as green as it might have been, but a good deal greener than we were
BEDROOM: change around the furniture, consider if we can have a different solution to the wardrobes and drawers that is more space saving: We have a master plan, but wiill have to make do until we have some money to do this
BATHROOM: put up the mirror; create shelf/ storage in easy reach of the bath; Plants; towel bin. done none of this, which is disappointing as it is relatively inexpensive and easy to do
LOFT/ TANK area: make more accessible storage by putting in shelves or some storage system; check what’s in there and get rid of stuff we are keeping and not using. tank has now gone, washer is now in this area, will fit out better once all the heating etc work has been completed
MY OFFICE: remove superfluous couch and table to create space done
reassess how desk fits once created more space; install more drawers for paperwork instead of it sitting on top of desk. considering now swapping this room with Music room and rethinking both
MUSIC ROOM: Create some sheet music storage; replace notice board; re-hang mirror (or get a lighter one so it doesn’t keep falling down); replace settee with bed settee so we can have people stay over (and stop HP from sleeping on it) see above. Going to swap the rooms over and rethink both
I shall be glad when we no longer live on a building site and everything is working properly. 5 years ago