It’s not that I don’t want my house renovated. I do. Desperately. I’m in awe of people who renovate. I have friends and neighbours who have renovated several times in the time it’s taken me to not start my renovation.
Nothing clears a cafe a quickly as my three unruly kids turning up for brunch.
Renovation is just like life. It’s the little things that matter the most. Lesson learned.
I love renovations. All those before and after shots, those makeover shows where rooms are transformed in no time and with next to no budget, are truly inspiring. I could watch them all day.
For years I’ve banged on at husband about wanting a ventilation system. His counter argument has always been that a) what we really need is a heat pump and b) there’s no point doing anything until we do the ‘Big Renovation’. As the ‘Big Renovation’ is no longer happening the time has come to make a decision one way or the other. Our house doesn’t have the open plan kitchen/dining/living that so many new and renovated houses have. We’re a big family for our small house so for us it’s better to have a kitchen/dining space that is separate from the lounge. It gives me respite from the kids (and them from me I guess) and as we don’t have space for a rumpus room, having these two separate living spaces is a must. This, I’ve always argued, means a heat pump won’t work for us. So husband got a man in to try and talk me round. His recommendation was to install four separate, yet small, heat pumps – one in the kitchen/dining room, …