Things around here haven’t gone quite as smoothly as we would have liked or hoped lately. Yep, it may come as a shock, but round here we’re tackling real life DIY and home improvements – while things in the Blogosphere usually tend to be overly happy and optimistic, things around here sometimes don’t go quite to plan.
We’d really hoped to be able to share a few big improvements with you, but we’ve had a few little hiccups along the way.
Months and months ago we shared our plans for our loft conversion with you.
As you’d already guessed who’ve not even started the project yet. We thought we had everything sorted, but after a few delays and costs starting to spiral we’ve decided to postpone the work till early next year. With a bit of luck, things should start around March!
Earlier this week, we shared our heating progress with you.
Our new radiators are looking – and more importantly working – great, but we’d also planned to have the boiler moved that is on the wall in the 4th bedroom. It’s just such a weird place to install a boiler, especially as we have a cellar.
Although we’d discussed our options and the cost of moving the boiler with our heating engineer, when he turned up to do the work it turned out not to be possible. Now it’s going to be a lot more expensive to move the boiler, as we need a new flue liner and an additional supporting wall building.
We’ve recently been sharing a load of our guest bedroom makeover efforts with you. Replacing the window is the last thing on the long list of improvements.
We’ve actually ordered two new windows (one for the guest bedroom and one for the messy fourth bedroom) but after signing the contract and paying a deposit, the company that’s meant to be supplying and fitting the windows has said that they can’t match the stained glass panels that we have in the windows that we’ve already had replaced (in our living room and office).
It’s so annoying, especially as that was what we’d specified from the start. After a lot of back and forth they then said that they could match the glass, but it would cost an extra! £600! Luckily it looks like we’ll be able to get out of the contract and get our deposit back, but that still leaves us without new windows. It’s all just very frustrating!
Do you also find that things don’t always go to plan? Have you ever had any DIY disasters? Have you ever had any problems with contractors? Or are we the only ones in Blogland where things aren’t perfect?
*Our heating really does go bump in the night. It’s very noisy!