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Post: #282269 Green Aura
Thu Oct 02, 2014 11:22 am

Since we moved in we've had plans for this house. What with one thing and another little of it has happened and over time the plans have changed, either due to changed circumstances or evolving ideas.

When the boiler, expired about 18 months ago, the plumber suggested moving the new one to exactly the place we had talked about (and dismissed as too expensive) 5 years before! So that changed our plans for the kitchen and meant my long held dream of knocking down a couple of walls, turning three small rooms into a huge dining kitchen have been able to happen.

First step was building a boiler room round the new boiler and thermal store. That happened a few months ago. Then last weekend the walls came down. And it's fantastic. I'm still clearing away plaster dust, which keeps re-appearing and all our beloved books have had to be packed away until we manage to put the bookshelves up in their new home, but the whole place feels light and airy and my farmhouse table which has always been shoved in a corner because none of the rooms were big enough for it is now in the middle - no more dinner on our laps. :cheers:
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Re: Busy week

Post: #282270 ina
Thu Oct 02, 2014 12:37 pm

Sounds great - congratulations! I moved into this house 5 years ago, and basically I'm still camping in it... Should take what you've done as inspiration!
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Re: Busy week

Post: #282271 ojay54
Thu Oct 02, 2014 1:15 pm

Sounds excellent.

This old place was divided into 3 S/C flats(on separate floors,with an outside staircase connecting GF to flat 2 ).So we could do with an indoor staircase.Now here's the best bit about not rushing things(2yrs in and very little progress..)In a thunderous Damascan moment I realised that rather install a new inside staircase, uniting the whole house as it were,I'm going to build an outside wall around the present outside staircase(i.e.making it an indoor one).So no stairwell probs(not going to tell the planners,this is 2 star listed).

Now that sort of ingenuity cannot be rushed,so I'm going to have another little think for a few months...

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Post: #282272 Green Aura
Thu Oct 02, 2014 1:33 pm

You just can't rush these things. The thing I like best is that, although it's taking much longer, we're doing it all ourselves. There's no high tech stuff, just stud walls and moving electrical sockets but we can adjust plans hour by hour if we figure out something better.

On to the next bit soon - my beautiful oak kitchen (from Ebay, of course :iconbiggrin: ) has been sitting in my shop for three years! Now the walls are down and we've worked out how/where to fit it we can proceed. The biggest problem is how to get it from one end of the house to the other - we have a long corridor and it's very heavy! We may have to load it on to the van and drive it round. :lol:
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Post: #282273 Odsox
Thu Oct 02, 2014 2:24 pm

I agree wholeheartedly, you most certainly can't rush these things.
This coming winter I have 2 smallish jobs to do, knock down the built-in wardrobe in our bedroom and refurbish the bathroom. Both of those jobs have been sort of "on the waiting list" since we moved in, and that was 20 years ago this December.
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Re: Busy week

Post: #282274 MKG
Thu Oct 02, 2014 4:01 pm

Brilliant, Maggie - I know exactly how that feels.

Cook, eat, waltz and enjoy :cheers: :cheers:

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Re: Busy week

Post: #282276 Flo
Fri Oct 03, 2014 7:04 am

Some people obviously don't have significant other halves demanding that jobs be done now, at once, this moment. :roll: :wink: :mrgreen:

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Post: #282277 Green Aura
Fri Oct 03, 2014 7:39 am

In my last job before moving up here I had a client whose wife demanded a complete redecoration of her house, including furniture every 6-12 months. And he obliged her - mind you I'm sure he'd been a bad lad over the years (I was a drug worker) so it was probably some sort of punishment/penance thing. But twice a year? She probably never saw the new furniture for dust covers! :lol:

I like to acclimatise before making any major decisions. Seven years seems about right. :wink:
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Post: #282279 MKG
Fri Oct 03, 2014 7:49 am

Seven years? Why so rash?
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Re: Busy week

Post: #282280 SusieGee
Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:00 am

Good to hear Maggie, so pleased for you. We've been back in our house a year now after 4 years in the temp accommodation and we still haven't got a shower or downstairs bathroom (our bedroom is down stairs) I love baths but long for a shower! These things take time. Good luck with the kitchen :-)
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Re: Busy week

Post: #282284 Green Aura
Fri Oct 03, 2014 9:53 am

And with the bathroom, Susie.

No matter what we do, our concrete box won't hold a candle to your little hovel. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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