Hindsight; “the ability to understand, after something has happened, why or how it was done and how it might have been done better” (Cambridge Dictionary, 2019). Through experience we gain hindsight, together with knowledge, so we can make better decisions and choices in the future.
With a build project such as ours, there has been a lot of conversations around hindsight. We have after all, made some good decisions and some not so good ones…!
In this blogpost I have pulled together a list of 10 aspects that I am glad we did at the house and a further 10 that I am not so glad about and would do differently if we were to do it all again.
10 aspects I’m glad we did:
1. Underfloor heating – it’s a big expense but so worth it. I would advise anyone who is laying stone floors to have underfloor heating as tiles can be extremely cold without it. With no need for radiators, it means our walls are much freer which allows for easier placement of furniture.
2. Hot tap – Absolutely love it! It’s a space saver, it is easy to use and extremely efficient.
3. Exposed brick feature wall – so pleased we added this to the open plan space. It breaks up the Wimborne White walls and adds colour, warmth and texture to the room. I chose our reclaimed bricks from the London Reclaimed Brick Merchants in Buckinghamshire.
4. Bespoke painted MDF carpentry in the lounge and playroom. They say a carpenter can work wonders to a space (well, I may have made this one up..!) – but I couldn’t agree more! Fitted furniture can transform a room, not only aesthetically but also functionally.
5. Garden speakers – and why not?! We enjoy our music so when we have a BBQ on the decking we can listen to the tunes we love. I bought our 2 speakers off Amazon and they were fairly reasonable in price.
6. Sliding glass doors as opposed to bi-folds. This was a big decision for us as it was one of our most costly design choices but we have not once regretted the decision. We love the big glass panes and minimal amount of metal frames on show.
7. Contrasting kitchen island colour – a small decision but one that has had a big impact on the space. The island stands proud in the colour Hague Blue versus Cornforth White and forms the backbone to my colour palette for the room.
8. Built-in coat cupboard with internal light sensor. We used a recessed space to fit a coat rail and added two doors to create a cloakroom. The internal light sensor is a lovely touch to make the space feel high-end.
9. I am so pleased we went with RAL colour 7037 for the windows and doors. Our doors and windows were made out of wood and by a company Poland. I chose white for the internal paint colour and RAL 7037 for the external paint colour.
10. External up-lights on a dust to dawn sensor at the front of the house. It makes such a difference in the winter when you come home and the house is lit. It really welcomes you home.
10 aspects I would do differently:
- Put more money aside for my sanitaryware, in particular the bath. I wish I had opted for a stone bath as opposed to an acrylic one.
- Straight edged sinks with hidden wastes are not the easiest to clean! I think I would select slightly different ones next time.
- Opt for warm LED recessed bulbs as opposed to bright white ones.
- More wall lights. I only put wall lights in my bedroom and I wish I had put more in and around the house. Wall lights are great for mood lighting and for adding interesting detailing.
- Opt for a freestanding washing machine/tumble dryer as the doors on our integrated ones make so much noise when the machines are on.
- More external up-lighters in the garden – well, you just can’t ever have enough!
- Lighting (LED strip lights) within the insides of my pantry and larder units as it’s so difficult to see inside them when it’s dark. Finding the right spice jar can be really tricky!
- Have kitchen dresser doors that open and slide into the units as we are forever banging them.
- Built in bench, coat hooks and tongue & groove panelling in the utility room. We took this off the list due to costs but I wished we had kept it in. (Although, we can still do it of course)
- Wood decking. Never again! Too much work and I really wish we had gone with a wood effect but the money ran out towards the end and we simply couldn’t afford it.
I hope you found this interesting? Let me know if there are any questions you my have surrounding our build project as I would be more than happy to answer them.
Thanks for reading,