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The House Project – a journey following the total renovation of our new family home.

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5 Simple Ways to Renovate Your Bathroom on a Budget

With our recent home renovation project, we ended up with 3 bathrooms to renovate, fit-out and decorate. Our focus was obviously the main family bathroom, which the bulk of the budget went on, so we had to be clever with the other two bathrooms and look at ways to make them amazing, on a budget. I did a lot of research of products and techniques to bring our 2nd and 3rd bathrooms in without breaking the bank…

Renovate your Bathroom on a Budget

Here are my top five cost-effective tips to get your bathroom sparkling, whilst keeping costs to a minimum:

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The Perfect Home Cinema

So during our renovation, as with most projects of this size, things took longer than expected and cost more money than budgeted…not too much more as I’m a spreadsheet queen, but enough to make us watch the pennies for a little while. So the finishing touches have been put on hold, the finessing and the fine-tuning of most of the rooms. In fact, it was really only the new open plan living space and kitchen and main bathroom that was 90% complete, which was intentional, as we knew this would be the space we’d spend all our time in…and we were right!

With the hubby into his technology and gadgets and being that we now live out of this new space, we chill, eat, drink, work, cook and play from this living space and guess what? We watch a lot of telly from the space too! So one thing we did treat ourselves too, was a new television and home cinema set-up. Continue reading

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How to Tell if You Have an Underground Drainage Leak

During The House Project, as with the majority of renovations, I’m sure, things arise that you don’t plan for! I think most home-owners have to deal with sudden leaks, power-cuts and the such like. Well do you think about outside your house and underground? We didn’t! If an underground pipe develops a leak, it can be hard to detect because it’s below the ground. These leaks very often don’t manifest above ground as the water will tend to sink downwards, unless it’s very severe. However, there are still ways to determine if your underground pipes are failing and it’s important to be vigilant because leaks of this sort can lead to problems with the foundations of your building. Knowing that you have an underground leak and addressing it early can save you thousands of pounds.

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