You probably think we love doing renovation work on property. Actually we both find it really stressful, but we can never find a house or home that suits our exact taste. So we tend to look at the shell of the property and assume all other work can be done to make it our dream home.
It took us a good two years to turn our flat into the flat of our dreams, before we decided it was time to upgrade and get the extra rooms we really needed to house a growing family. So as soon as the work was complete on our flat we rented it out and bought in essence another project. We didn’t even get time to enjoy our completed project which we spent so much time on!
The house we’ve moved to is actually an old property. It’s a freehold house, but we have to make sure the outside of the property remains looking the same as the other properties surrounding it meaning we have to be cautious over the changes we make externally.
Internally we are free to do as we like, which is great because in the new year we have plans for a new kitchen, a new bathroom, flooring to be put down throughout the house, carpets in the bedrooms, to have the house painted top to bottom in plain matt white (meaning I can add a splash of colour here and there if I need to).
And we’re also looking at changing all the radiators to more heritage looking radiators while making sure it’s kept modern by having everything running off of a thermostat that we can preferably control through our phones.
Internally we haven’t got an issue. We can renovate and update to our hearts content. We’ve already started on the work by getting more lighting put in to the house and hanging up pendant lights. So although it’s only been small baby steps since moving in at least there’s some progression happening.
However a big concern of mine are the windows. The windows strangely are at toddler height, I think the property must have been an old warehouse or factory before it was converted. They’re low and single paned. For me it just takes my son running at the glass at full speed to just shatter the glass and fall out the window.
^^Toddler hand prints on the glass.
The windows have a lock and key system, which being at such a low height poses an issue again with having a toddler. And when open there’s no child safety catch so the windows open all the way out. So for now I’ve locked all the windows and I’ve hidden the keys in out of reach areas. But there’s one window in the house that doesn’t completely shut, which is in my bedroom.
The draught is horrific, and no matter if I have the heating on the gap in the window means the heat escapes and I’m dressed in jumpers to make sure I stay warm under the duvet when it comes to bed time.
In fact all the windows because they’re single pane do have draught issues, and for me as we get into the colder months now it poses a real health issue in particular for my son. So one of the first things I want to do is to replace all the windows in the house with double glazed windows that have a more protective lock system that’s child friendly.
But like I said earlier because the house externally has to be in keeping with the other properties it’s not been easy to find out who to contact.
Newview is a company that were introduced to me recently, and it appears that they specialise in heritage look home improvements which means they can help me out with the window issues I have. They do a range of windows, and in particular timber sash windows which will be something that we need to look into urgently. And if the windows aren’t exact to what we need they also create bespoke windows which for us is great because it means we should be able to get a secure, draught proof like-for-like windows to keep both council and us happy.
I’m hoping we can complete this house project before the second baby comes, because I’d love to live in a stress free house for a few years before restarting the process all over again with another move one day!