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Monday, 5 June 2017

Jobs around the house and garden

Thank you for all the comments regarding the diagnosis post. In the meantime we will just keep on keeping on.

Since moving into this house over 4 years ago we have completely transformed it. However you always have a few jobs that keep dropping off the end of a long list. Since hubby went down to two days a week and the weather has been good we have gradually worked our way through a few of them.
The old garage doors were past their best, they dated from 1954 when the house was built. We purchased some new ones  from B & Q last  year using our 10% over 60's discount  and  they were delivered free.   They needed quite a bit of prep, knot stopper, sanding and priming. But they look lovely now they've been fitted. Of course we couldn't agree on a colour but I was just glad we were finally getting rid of the green.  The green appeared everywhere and I hated it.
As it was in 2013

 
Apart from the bricks, mortar and some of the woodwork, there is very little left of the old house. New windows, doors and guttering, a large conservatory, new electrics and heating.  Three walls removed, every wall and ceiling plastered. New bathroom and kitchen.  The front garden was cleared, leveled, a new path laid, stoned for ease of maintenance and extra parking, a  raised bed built for a little colour.

The rear garden was cleared of all the rubbish, fenced and landscaped.


The garden was dug over,  levelled, seeded and planted up.
The rear planted section has fruit trees, the front has runner beans, French beans, carrots, onions,
 potatoes, beetroot, lettuce, kale, sweetcorn,  garlic, courgette, raspberries and gooseberries
We left the greenhouse where it was although initially it was a bone of contention because hubby said we wouldn't use it. I said it will be packed to the rafters with food and it has been. I didn't want it at the back of the garden then not be used. The concrete slab at the front of the greenhouse contained a huge crack and it was ugly,  we really didn't want to break up any more concrete. Removing the long and winding path in the rear garden was bad enough. Then I had a brainwave and the result was fantastic.


Cracked concrete that we first attempted to cover with off cuts of decking but it didn't work
Loving the fake grass


The gas bottle burner hubby made years ago was given a lick of paint along with the large metal bowl that was found underneath all the garden waste  when we bought the house. Both were planted up and they look lovely. Total outlay £30 for the artificial grass runner everything else we already had. We had enough left over to do this, which has solved the problem of the 'hot' step during the summer.

Hubby asked me the other evening if I would be prepared to do another project (renovation), its something we've done through out our married life and its been kind to us. We've only ever lost money on one property, the rest we have made a good profit from. I  said no immediately because I can remember the nightmares we had with this place and it is the biggest one we have ever done. We were fortunate that we didn't have to live amongst the chaos thanks to our little rental property purchase. I suppose it would depend on how much we paid for  the renovation property and what needs doing.  Have you renovated a house? Did you make money? Was it difficult?
 
I will try to transfer some more photo across from my old camera so that I can show you some of the internal work. Back soon.  Bye for now. Tx
 
My thoughts go to those who have lost friends and family in yet another tragic terrorist event.
 

14 comments:

  1. You have a beautiful home and garden the hard work has paid off, xx

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    1. Thank you Marlene, I know you are handy too, so I look forward to reading all about your new home in the future.

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  2. All looking very good, I'm glad you kept the greenhouse - very handy for all sorts of food things.
    Our biggest renovation was the time we lived in a caravan for a year with two under 5's doing up a timber framed house that had been declared unfit for habitation!

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    1. Crikey you're brave, I'm not sure I could do that. Working full time while doing this was bad enough. This house was initially declared unfit for habitation because the floor was dug up for the steels. Then we re damp proofed it and re-screeded. So it was a no go zone for 8 weeks.

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  3. What a lovely home and your garden is gorgeous. I don't know if I would have the courage to start redoing another property. This one seems to be constantly needing something done to it.

    God bless.

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    1. I'm not sure I have the courage neither. But never say never! Tx

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  4. It all looks fabulous. You've put a lot of work in but you must be so pleased now with the end result. We've never taken on a property which has required a lot of work, I couldn't stand the upheaval. We've only had two houses actually, we've been in this one for nearly twenty four years, and we have had a two storey extension built but that was bad enough, never again.

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    1. Initially the house was considered unfit for habitation because we had to knock walls out and dig the floor up to take a steel post. It looked more like a garden than a house.

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  5. Your garden is huge! It looks lovely and it's obvious you've both put a lot of time and effort into it. I really like your new garage doors as well.

    When Mark's dad passed away his Mum was in a home so we decided to rent the property out. They'd lived in it for 40 years there was a lot of things that needed doing and of course certain things needed changing because it was being let out. We got tradesmen in to do most of it, but we did all the clearing out and cleaning up etc and that was hard enough. Having always fancied doing up a property it's not something I yearn for any more! I take my hat off to anybody who does though. It's never as easy as it looks on TV. xx

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    1. No it isn't easy especially when you work full time and you have to be careful not to overspend. Now hubby only works two days and I'm​ retired it would make sense to do another. It has given us the ability to buy a second property and rent it. Tx

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