Grimbil as a new home owner, 3 years ago
January marks our 3-year anniversary of owning Old Glory. We’ve come a long way. We’ve knocked down every wall except the external walls, and even some of those went under the hammer. So let’s look at our original plan when we bought the house versus what we’ve actually done:
- Extension out the back (off the living room) Done!
- Knock down all the internal walls on the ground floor to make an open plan kitchen / dining room/ living room Done!
- New kitchen Done!
- New bathroom, including knocking down the wall between the water closet and the bath Done!
- Knock down the wall between the two tiny bedrooms to make one nice bedroom Done!
- Facelift for the closets Done!
- Makeover the foyer, getting rid of the ugly glass between it and the living room, and converting the outside storage area to a closet for the foyer. Done!
- Move all the meters outside — we were able to move the gas meter outside but not the electric
- Move the boiler to the kitchen — it’s in the foyer, but it works well there
- New floors (with underfloor heating!) Done!
- New paint in all the rooms, maybe exposed brick on the wall with the stairs. — no exposed brick, but the new paint is Done!
- Facelift for the incredibly cheap looking staircase Done!
- Facelift for the facade — we got rid of the plastic below the kitchen windows, but we still want to render and paint the brick
- New fences in the back garden (both for cosmetic and dog-proofing reasons) Done!
- Replacing the crazy paving in the back garden with grass Done!
- Landscape the front garden — that’s the last big project for 2013
- Move the loft/attic access to somewhere safer than the top of the stairs (wtf were they thinking?) — We didn’t move it far but do have a much safer hatch and ladder that are easy to access
- Rewire the electrics Done!
- Cat5 cable everywhere! And a networking closet somewhere Done! And with even better Cat 6 cable
- Do something about the water quality in the bathroom (green stains in the sink? ew) — Not neccessary
- Additional insulation in the loft and the walls — we still plan to add insulation in the loft, but not in the walls
- Solar power — maybe after the insulation
- Convert the loft to either a master suite or a man-cave (this one isn’t a definite yet) — this one is definitely not happening. We need the loft for storage more than we need more bedrooms.