The world at our feet

The world at our feet

Or underfloor heating to warm our feet, to be more precise. As explained, our dreams of having an additional bathroom and a laundry room had disappeared into the mists of construction hell. But what happens when life hands you lemons? You make lemonade.

In this instance, lemonade meant we were actually able to afford underfloor heating. I had always dreamed of installing underfloor heating as being from California means I’ve not been warm in about 11 years? But it felt like a splurge when we were already spending a lot of money. The bi-fold doors alone were enough to make me cry… And yes, we wanted bi-folds instead of the very popular Crittall window that’s popping up everywhere at the moment.

Back to the details…

Now we could have been sensible and put the money we’d saved towards inevitable overruns, but given we want the kitchen to be the showpiece, we went for it. With the boiler installed in the loft space, we had to run (what seemed like) several miles worth of pipework throughout the house. This piping runs to the kitchen and I’ve been told can all be controlled through a “wireless” sensor. Mind. Blown.

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You get what you pay for

You get what you pay for

It’s a cliche for a reason, but you really do get what you pay for, especially when it comes to architects or “architectural technicians” as the case may be.

When we bought the house, we knew we would need to extend into the back garden and into the recess in between our house and our property boundary. We also knew we wanted to take a few walls down and remove a chimney or two, to make the space open plan. In a larger home I wouldn’t necessarily go straight to open plan, but as we are in a terraced property, we are looking for ways to make the space feel bigger.

Eager to get started this process, we enlisted the services of the first architectural technician we met – a lovely man who shall not be named. We liked him immediately and his prices were the best around (e.g. what we could afford after having just bought a house). We couldn’t believe our luck! But was it really luck…?

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