Looking back on the third year in our house it has been quieter than the second year, but we’ve continued to make progress in a number of areas. However, I’m hoping we’ll take bigger actions in the fourth year, including finally knocking down some walls.
The best thing we’ve achieved is to cut down trees in our neighbours’ gardens. All the trees were overhanging the boundary and were either significantly blocking light or there was a risk they may fall onto our property.
Other activities in the garden include:
- repairing part of the fence line
- fitting a new drain cover
- seriously weeding the raised flower bed including removing a tree and buckets of bulbs of some unknown plant that doesn’t appear to flower
- planting a hedge along the boundary
Inside the biggest change has been installing a new water tank higher in the loft to increase the water pressure. At the same time my husband and father in law removed the flow restrictor from the bathroom meaning we now get more than a dribble from the shower and once we get a shower screen or curtain we’ll have a usable shower (and who would think I’d make a video of showers?)
Other activities include:
- getting superfast broadband
- installing a shelf in the staircase
- getting a Sonos soundbar meaning we’ve removed lots of clutter and wires from the lounge
- redecorating the dining room; this included removing lots of electrics that were used for the bubble tube and mirror ball by the previous owner, painting the walls, removing the carpet and lying laminate flooring (unfortunately over part of the carpet that remained glued to the concrete as we haven’t worked out how to remove it yet)
- fixed the hole above the ensuite door
- removed the automatic door closures from the walls
- removed the door that opens with a push button
- got hot (or even warm) water in the downstairs WC
- reduced the deadleg in the kitchen so we get hot water without running taps for five minutes
- sorted the plumbing between the two sinks in the kitchen so we can run the taps at the same time
- removed the sink in the other bedroom
- sorted the gradient of the ensuite floor so the water drains properly
- fixed the leak from the shower into the lounge
- removed the fire safety signs
- removed the fire alarm break glass points
- removed the emergency lights (although we are thinking of looking for some nicer looker ones to install as they have proved very useful during power cuts)
- removed the lift (this will be a major structural change as some of the roof joists were cut to install it, so when it comes out we need to support the roof with several steel bars)
- fitted a shower screen or curtain
- removed the glue from the carpets stuck to all the floors
Plans for year 4
I’m really hoping that we will finally start on some structural changes. The first step is to knock down the wall with the children’s mural to combine two bedrooms and start creating the space for our new study which will mean we will be able to give the children a playroom (and get the toys out of the lounge).
Do you have plans for your house this year? How long does it take you to start work on your house projects?