It’s time to make a confession. I find it impossible to juggle life sometimes. Working full-time, running a home, keeping up with the blog and all that involves. Not to mention trying to find a little ‘me’ time AND trying to move forward with our home renovation. Sadly, for both lack of time and finances that’s the part that often suffers.
Excitedly though we do finally have plans for 2018. Aside from the living room WHICH IS GOING TO BE MY DREAM LIVING ROOM BY CHRISTMAS OR ELSE, we’re also getting some more windows replaced. This means goodbye to more ugly diamond leading and I literally am leaping with joy at the prospect. Because whilst I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder, no-one will ever convince me that leading is a good look. Unless you live in a hobbit house circa 900AD.
What feels like ages ago now we started on the windows but it’s SUCH an expensive process. Trust me, if you’ve never had to replace them and aren’t anally retentive like me, you’ve no idea how lucky you are. Planning to do them all at once originally, we simply didn’t have the money to do it. So we compromised and did the front of the house first. Essentially that’s the bit anyway that adds the curb appeal, right? Plus it’s really important for the value of your home to make sure that a) your windows are styled sympathetically to the period and b) they match, at least on the street-facing side.
After a little trial and error we found a brilliant local company based here in SE London who did an amazing job putting up with my one million questions and fussy ways and 3 years on, we’re still over the moon with them and have had no issues. Now we’ve finally got some pennies together to pay for some more.
I should disclose right now that we’re not planning to do all the windows anyway. Our dining room and kitchen will be extended, the first floor bathroom is up for discussion about whether we can turn it into a bay window and I’ve still got my heart set on replacing our top floor bedroom windows with bi-folding doors and a Juliette balcony.
So what we are doing next for the windows is to replace the third bedroom one (which is a bay and overlooks the garden) plus the landing on the first floor and landing on the top floor. We’re also replacing the top floor landing window sill which is currently plastic so that it’s wood like the rest of the house (plastic windowsills, WTAF?!)
I’m so excited and now equally impatient for this project to be done because I already know what a difference it will make and yet again, I’ll be wondering why on earth we left it so long. It will be most likely in around 6/7 weeks so I’ll have to find something else to keep me busy in the meantime. Shouldn’t be too hard, there’s only a whole house to update…
Have you ever had to/thought about replacing windows? What’s next on your renovation plans?