Summer is looming, or at least so I’m told, although looking out the window isn’t really making me very confident of that. But regardless, it’s time to start thinking about some of those jobs I need to do around the house, we have done a fair bit in the last few years since buying the place in a pretty shabby condition. The house is over 100 years old and was owned by a local farmer, who decided to sell off a few properties. The only problem is that although we got it cheap, pretty much everything needed doing. When you have a building survey done before buying the score everything from one to three, one being in good nick, 2 meaning needs minor repairs and three being needs serious work, everything on this house, and I mean EVERYTHING scored a two or three.
We had an extension built as soon as we could get the planning permission through, but this meant we had to create a new bathroom upstairs, as the downstairs one was being ripped out as part of the work (and later rebuilt with a shower in there instead), but once built, we had help with the electrics, but all the decorating and fitting a new kitchen was done by yours truly.
Since then we have had sash windows renovated, rooms re-plastered and/or skimmed, completely revamped the garden, so we have a vegetable patch out there now, and grass for the dogs, I even laid a patio.
So I’m wondering what to do next, we do have a fairly long wall which faces down the garden, so it would be nice to get some patio doors, or perhaps bifolding doors put in, so we have a nice unobstructed view straight down there. Although a bit more pricey, I’m inclined to go for the bifold doors, these would give us a big opening when they are folded back and would be great for summer parties and barbecues (assuming the summer arrives at all).
The other alternatives are to fit a new fireplace, the existing one is that horrible old 50′s or 60′s style with tiles around it, plus the back-plate is cracked, although it’s probably been that way for a while, so is not urgent, in fact, we barely lit it last winter because it was so warm. Or we could do up the spare bedrooms, one is useable right now but the other is in a pretty bad state and is just a dumping ground.
The roof has already been done and we had new windows when the extension was done, so now it’s more a case of things we actually want done as opposed to things which need doing urgently. The problem is that with my DIY skills these things all take much longer than I’d hoped.