Friday, 9 December 2016

Renovation project - Decision made

Renovation project - Decision made
It is time to sort out the downstairs of the little house as we will be moving into it soon. We have the window and luckily this one is the right size.


Once fitted it is a case of moving all the tools and paints into the dining room, this is what I meant about the house constantly being turned upside down, we finish a  room and it looks great, then another room is emptied into it and it looks dreadful again!
John also does some work on the inside of the garage, there are some big concrete steps leading up to where the door to next door used to be, he is going to remove these, or at least that was the plan until an hour later and he has hardly removed anything, these are the most well built item we have ever come across and Johns tools are not up to the job.
We consider them for a while and decide not to remove them, but to actually build them up and make a small indoor garden area under the window sill.


This also helps with our decision on the garage; we are going to keep it.
Yes the little house maybe a bit darker downstairs, but once the garage is painted white inside and this little indoor garden is built we can add plants to make it look pretty.
The house will have enough outdoor spaces, but will also give a large indoor workshop.
This is such a rarity for a town centre building so will hopefully be a good selling point.
Once finished the property will be so versatile, it can be either a large family home with garage or still be used as a family home and gite.

This is definitely the right decision.

5 comments:

  1. We are so pleased that you are keeping the garage area. It will all be so versatile with the roof acting as a terrace (with that view!). That flower bed idea is absolutely brilliant. Your ideas and the carrying out of them never cease to amaze us.
    Wendy (Wales)

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    1. thank you Wendy, luckily we are always a silver lining couple :)

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  2. Yes, and there will still be the gorgeous view and sun on the terrace!

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    1. I am so glad we are keeping the view as well :)

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  3. Over the past 15 years I've developed a bit of a love-hate relationship with that model of Chinese kango hammer (apparently it's an ancient Hitachi design from the 1970s that's now built by some Chinese company with much cheaper materials and limited precision). Basically it's heavy and gets the job done but I've seen three of them fail under moderate use and it really lacks some basic features such as power-on lock (so you don't have to hold the button all the time) and chisel lock for hammering. My parents bought one of them in the early 2000s and we went about 3/4 through an entire flat (wiring, plumbing, demolishing two walls) until the switch died. Then they bought a Bosch that has all those features and is much lighter but less powerful. When the Chinese ones were on clearance somewhere they got another one that worked for a while until the pneumatic hammer mechanism died so I took out the switch and transplanted it into the old one.

    A neighbour, a retired bricklayer, also got one and it died within two hours.

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