The Big DIY Project

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Let’s kick things off! I thought what many people think, lets buy a house that needs some work doing to it, it will be cheaper than buying a new house. In fact I did just that. It wasn’t the journey I had envisaged so I thought I would tell you all about my experiences and the lessons I learned. Be prepared to spend a lot of time on it, I should rephrase, it will take a lot of your time up. Please don’t let this scare you, it’s a rewarding experience too. Hopefully you will benefit from the lessons I learned and I get to show off my nice renovated house (well I think so anyways!). My other half’s dog does too, she might have snuck into some pictures!

The house I bought was a mid-terraced house build roughly 1900. The house hadn’t had any work done to it for the at least the last 50 years, but the house was dry and solid! Definitely a good starting point!
I was lucky I had a lot of help from friends and family. Writing this is going to help say thank you to all the people who helped me over the last year. Most importantly I had help with ideas of what to do. It can be a little overwhelming, everyone has a different opinion! But it’s better to have some ideas than none. Deciding on the best way forward often takes more time than doing the actual job, it’s all about experience I guess! Don forget the work has to be done within a budget. Hence the whole idea of buying a house that needs work doing to it.
Don’t forget there is inspiration everywhere from other people’s homes to magazines. The most useful I found was the obvious, the internet! I spent a lot of time on google, hopefully I can save you some time.

My conclusions, everyone should do it, it was fun, I learnt a lot

I hope you have as much fun reading my blog as I did working on my house.

Please feel free to leave a comment or some advice for someone else.

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