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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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    Planning permission: getting permission as a first-time renovator

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    Planning permission was first on the agenda, but where to start with a grade-2 listed property? Luckily I knew a friend who had some walls replaced in the garden of her listed town house. So I started by talking to her. “Join the Listed Property Owners’ Club (LPOC),” she said, which turned out to be great advice. The club offers support and advice to its members as well as insurance catered specifically for Grade-1 and 2 listed properties. So this

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    First Time Renovator: starting out

    first time renovator cottage

    I love old houses. The one I grew up in was 500 years old. The heating creaked the floorboards at night, the walls were slightly warped and (to my sister’s terror) there were spiders in almost every nook and cranny but each wonderful imperfection has somehow rooted itself in my childhood memories

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