Where city life meets country living, that’s how I see our lives and our house. We lead busy, bustling lives (especially my London working-based husband) but love nothing more than retreating back home to our idyllic setting in the country to raise our family.
Both my husband and I grew up in the country but moved to the vibrate city of London in our late teens to study and to further our careers. We love London, we love all that it has to offer, but when marriage and children showed up on our cards, we knew the country life was calling us. And as such, it brings us to where we are now!
Our house dates back to the 1980’s where it was once a cottage; two up, two down. Over the many years it has been modernised and extended, and is now a four bedroom, three bathroom, family home with the addition of a conservatory.
Despite the many modifications over the years, there are still a number of areas that we need to update and improve. The house doesn’t have a central heating system, we rely on seven electric oil heaters, a rayburn in the kitchen and a wood burning stove in the lounge. It is a cold in the winter! Not only that, the house is not properly insulated (again, the house is cold) and we have rather unsightly PVC windows which are not only ugly, but not very energy efficient due to their age and construction.
In addition to the above, there are other aspects that we would like to consider within our renovation project, our complete wish list is as follows:
- To make our house warm
- To create an open plan kitchen/dining/lounge
- To create a 5th bedroom (although this may not be possible)
- To replace or reposition the conservatory
- To get rid of the PVC white windows and doors
- To put ‘our stamp’ on the house and to make it our own