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I don’t know about you, but the day we bought our first home together and got those keys was one of the proudest days of my life (after having the twins, obviously).
We had to work really hard to buy our house and, after years of renting, the knowledge that this whole house is all ours gives me the warm and fuzzies. It’s just lovely to know that we can decorate however we want and do whatever we want, within reason.
But there’s always something that needs to be done
When we were renting, if there was a problem, it was someone else’s responsibility. I don’t think I truly appreciated that enough at the time. Now that we’re homeowners, all the things we need to do seem to get in the way of the things we want to do.
But that doesn’t stop me dreaming. I have a very long list of things I’d like to do in this house. We’ve already decorated from top to bottom to make it cosy – we’ve been here three years now, so the little things have been done. But what about the big things?
The biggest home improvement on my list in the conservatory.
I love that we have a conservatory. The extra space is great and it gives us somewhere other than our entire house to put the twins’ toys. But it wasn’t very well built and there are lots of changes I’d like to make. Really, I’d like to have the whole thing taken down and replaced with something a bit more contemporary, a bit more energy efficient, and a bit more “me”.
I really like the look of an aluminium lantern roof and would love to replace the conservatory with a brick-built extension, with a lantern roof to let the natural light in. Our back garden gets a lot of sun pretty much all day, so the conservatory is already full of natural light, but it’s also cold in the winter and hot in the summer, so it only really gets used as toy storage.
Replacing it with a brick extension would make regulating the temperature a bit easier and make it more energy efficient. The lantern roof would retain the best bit of the conservatory – the bright, airy open space look created by all that glass.
That’s not the only change I’d like to make though.
What I’d really like to change, is the door. I’d love to use the space more, to have it be like the centre of our home – a family room, a place where we socialise with our friends. The current door is fine. I mean, it opens and it closes… as long as you give it a bit of a shove. But I have images in my head of big glass doors, letting in even more light, and opening out onto the garden. The twins would be able to play, while I sit in a comfy chair, reading a book, and I’d be able to watch them without actually being outside. We’d be able to have parties in the garden, without it taking over the whole house. The possibilities are endless. Dream big, right?
So, obviously, I’ve spent more than a little bit of time on Google and came across a bifold door online designer that makes the most beautiful and surprisingly affordable bifold doors. They’re exactly what I had in mind and are now at the top of my home improvement wishlist! They’d be so much more secure than our existing door and would really open up the house to the garden, to make the most of the space.
The conservatory is just the start of my home improvement plans. The rest involve hardwood floors and and fancy new bathroom, but the conservatory is definitely where I’d like to start.
I’d love to know what room makes the top of your home improvement wishlist. Leave me a comment below!
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