At the end of last week’s week-long DIY love-fest, our home is finally starting to come together in a bare ‘nuts and bolts’ kind of way. By that I mean, we’re getting some good basics in place but a LOT of the frivolous stuff that really makes a house a home will need time and money to sort out. Small things like picking drapes or linen for the bedroom – things that will make a big difference – will have to wait until the ‘musts’ are done. And as I alluded to in our last post, our ‘must’ list since Monday has grown, and grown and grown. Now I understand why people call homes a money pit.
1. The broken pipe beneath our floorboard that will give us our central heating back. Going into winter, this little surprise is our first priority, but how we sort it totally depends on our neighbour downstairs. Ideally, we would go through his ceiling instead of our floor, as this is what our new plumbing guru recomended. But we’ll see.
2. The windows – all are in need of some love and attention. If we spring for double glazed it’s likely to save on our energy bill, but will be a significant outlay at first. Especially since they’ll have to be sash windows that fit the code of our conservation area.
3. The dog-eared kitchen needs completely gutting and rethinking. We will even be getting rid of the giant cooker and fridge that came with the place, as they are eating SO much space it’s unreal. I tried cooking for the first time last night, and in spite of its size it felt cramped because it’s so badly laid out. Not going to cut it, long term.
4. The bathroom needs work, but at the moment we’re debating just how much needs replacing now, vs later down the road. First priority is getting it to a decent state (ie getting a toilet seat that actually fits our toilet!) and then we’ll decide what to do.
5. Getting the rest of our ‘basic’ furniture like a wardrobe, bedside tables, book cases, etc. But for some of these items we will buy them slowly over time so that we pick up interesting things we love.
So here’s where we are, three days into home ownership:
But we still have SOOO MUCH to do:
More to come when I’m back from NYC!