2015 was a huge year for us, partly because on 15th January 2015 we got the keys to our first family home. Since then we have been thinking about all of the ways we want to improve our home – for some reason we started on the garden, but that’s all set to change this year with our home improvement plans for 2016.
1. The Fireplace
Ever since we saw the house I have wanted to break open the fireplace and get a really lovely working fire with a beautiful surround and hearth. There’s something about a fireplace that makes a house feel more homely. And the warmth is much appreciated too! Most of this we can do ourselves, although we aren’t sure exactly what is behind the boarded up hole at the moment.
2. Utility Room
The utility room doesn’t actually exist yet! We have a portion of our kitchen that we are going to convert in to a utility room and also a downstairs loo! We are going to put up a wall and the space under the stairs will be cordoned off with another doorway to the toilet. The planning regulations of two doors between the kitchen and loo was apparently got rid of a while ago, but we feel it is just a bit nicer to have two doors. I will then have a space for the washing machine and a tumble dryer in the utility area plus a little work surface for baskets and folding/sorting clothes etc. The biggest cost here will be the plumbing work.
3. Master Bedroom
Not much really needs doing in our bedroom so it’s going to be a case of lots of painting – we just need to decide on a colour scheme! Our wardrobe is the biggest job! Having seen an article about the perfect wardrobe layout a while ago we realised that the space in our wardrobe was not at all efficient so we are going to embark on a rejig. Ikea have lots of wardrobe solutions and even have a planner for their ‘pax’ range to help you figure out the best options for your room – if you’re handy or know someone that is you can do a lot of it easily yourself. I’m obsessed with organisation, I even have a pinterest board dedicated to it and have just read about the KonMari method in ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying’.
This is a huge cost, and probably more of a dream for 2017 rather than 2016; our house is an ex council house with a very old bathroom. There’s a lot of work that needs doing here. We need to move our waste pipe to the outside of our house to free up space, a completely new bathroom suite, stripping the walls and tiling the whole room and we are also looking at the option of changing the window to a smaller one as it currently takes up the entire wall along the side of the bath – meaning you’re naked splodge is visible from outside through the frosted windows.
5. The Loft
We have a loft space that is carpeted with VELUX roof windows and so useful for when people stay over, except for the fact that we don’t have any blinds for it – for the moment we are using a gro anywhere blackout blind, but it’s not very practical especially as it often falls down and there’s way too much material. What we really need are proper VELUX blinds – the blackout ones that fit perfectly in the windows, especially as the room faces South! Some of them have the thermal type coating too, which would be good for our loft as we don’t have proper insulation, so in winter it’s really cold and in summer it’s blisteringly hot. The roof height isn’t great, but it’s a fab space. We can fit a king airbed and 2 camp beds in there for Uncle T & Aunty L and Cousins T&H. I just need to do a bit more tidying to make it a little nicer! We also need to fill some holes and probably sort out that insulation issue…
I’m really looking forward to getting started on the house and putting our own stamp on it. But mostly I’m looking forward to taking a hammer to the fire place.
Do you have any home improvement plans this year? Have you already done anything like the plans we have made, if so how did it go and do you have any advice for us?
This is a collaborated post, but all unrealistic home improvement plans are my own. I’m already writing my other half’s to do list for the year.
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