With the sale of our old place finally settled, it’s time to shift our attention to what’s next for our new house.
I think I’ve mentioned before, that it’s a former rental that wasn’t very well maintained (and the price we paid reflected that), so it needs a whole lot of lovin’ …
So far, we have:
- had the interior re-painted and carpeted;
- installed air con;
- added block out curtains in our bedroom, as well as venetians in some of the windows;
- replaced the old fashioned door handles;
- and enclosed the downstairs patio with catnet.
But this is just the tip of the iceberg. Hubby and I have lots of dreams and ideas, though I’m not sure how many of them are practical, feasible, or will actually eventuate. See what you think – here’s the wishlist so far:
Insulation – Unbelievably for a relatively modern construction, there is absolutely no insulation in the ceiling which makes the upstairs area unbearably hot during the day – but at least we are coming into the cooler months so can put it off for a little while.
Roof repairs – We know that several of the roof tiles (particularly over the garage) are damaged and leak during heavy rain so roof repairs, while boring, must be done urgently!
Painting the exterior – It’s a weird pale pink colour, and it’s flaking in places so yes, this is on the “as soon as possible” list. We’re just having trouble deciding on a new exterior colour scheme.
Light fittings – There are still bare bulbs in places – like in the stairwell – it’s just crying out for a dramatic pendant light of some sort ….
Kitchen – The kitchen is a bit lacking in storage and I don’t like the pull out pantry. Not 100% sure how we are going to remedy this but I’m sure we will fix it at some stage.
Master bedroom – Currently a walk through wardrobe leads to a tiny ensuite, we want to transform it into a large and luxurious bathroom as befits a master suite. Our bedroom opens out onto the enormous deck (8m x 4m) so we are going to steal a bit of the space for a new walk in wardrobe!
Tiling – It’s a relatively small job in the scheme of things, but tiling the front porch would really make a huge difference to the entry. However we are wondering if we should tile the cat patio out the back at the same time?
Office Fitout – Regular readers would know that I work from home and I have great plans for my new office fitout – although at the moment it looks more like this …
I blame the decorating shows on TV – they make us feel so much pressure to move into a new home and “transform” it in a week – and I’m here to tell ya, that’s not how things operate in the real world! I was moaning to somebody not long after we’d moved in, about what a long slow process it is, and they wisely told me that it usually takes about a year to really settle in … now that sounds much more realistic.
Although Miss Fleur looks like she’s quite at home already …
How long do you think it takes to really turn a house into your home?!