Second time around

This isn’t our first time around the block with home renovation. While we’re not exactly seasoned property moguls we have at least one other renovation under our belts. We’ve taken our much loved flat from this:

Hall

To something a little more modern:

Hall 001

One thing we have learned along the way is that details matter. Notice in the first picture toward the left of the doorway the open electricity board and to the right the old gas meter? Stuart wanted them boxed off which I didn’t feel strongly about at the time but now looking back I see it makes quite a difference. It reduces a lot of visual clutter in the space.

We weren’t prepared for the sheer number of decisions to be made, quite often under time pressure as each stage of the project depended on another being completed. This time around we at least are ready for the level of decisions required even if we don’t yet have the answers. We know where to source items we like whether an Ikea kitchen or classic baths and extra-large showers from Victorian Plumbing . We know our way around B&Q, Homebase and Wickes. We know that when you order a tonne of wood you better read the delivery terms. I didn’t and a tonne of wood was dropped kerbside but had to be carried to our second floor flat. If it hadn’t been for our good friends Paul & Liz it would have taken Stuart a lot longer to carry it up the stairs 20 kilos a pop.

Home renovation 146

We have definitely learned a lot along the way and I am sure we have a lot more to learn this time around. What about you -is there anything that you have learned in the course of renovations that you wish you had known earlier? Has anyone else realised that builder’s merchants don’t do M&S style home deliveries?

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