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    First Time Renovator: building the utility room

    With the living room finished it was time to get the builders in to start on the first major building work – the utility room. I thought we were ready for this but, having not encountered such a big project before, I don’t think I fully understood the impact this would have on our daily lives, especially as the build was happening right next to the only bathroom in the house! I had to keep reminding myself that this was

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    First Time Renovator: decorating the living room

    With the log burner fully installed it was time to start decorating the living room. I was desperate to have one room finished so we had somewhere to retreat to during the rest of the build. The walls were covered in some terrible cream wallpaper that had discoloured over the years, so the first job was to remove that. We worked tirelessly in the evenings after we had got the kids to bed and at weekends, we would take it

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    First Time Renovator: when Covid-19 halts the renovation

    Over the last few weeks life has changed beyond recognition for all of us. Because of Covid-19 we are working from home, home schooling our children, exercising at home, in fact everything we are now doing is centred around our homes. So, if, like us, you were right in the middle of a full home renovation (or any kind of building work for that matter) then I’m sure you will have had to press the pause button too. But what

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    Renovator tips for a first time renovator

    renovator tips

    I’m not going to lie it was tricky to get this list down to just 10 because this whole experience has been a learning curve and as our renovation project is still ongoing we are constantly adding to this list. So, clipboard at the ready - here are my top ten renovator tips

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    Choosing a log burner with the First Time Renovator

    choosing a log burner

    We had an idea of the look we wanted so we now needed to decide on which log burner, hearth and surround. Neither of us knew much about log burners so we visited a local retailer for some advice. There was a lot to take in and frankly we felt quite overwhelmed with efficiency ratings, hearth material, a whole range of price brackets

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