At this time of the year many of us are busy making New Year’s resolutions. After the indulgences of the holiday season, these often include promises to cleanse the body by eating wholesome food and consuming less alcohol, or to get fit by going to the gym every single day. (We’ll see how long that lasts!)
My own resolutions revolve around a number of projects, the most sizeable of which is “Project: House”.
Back in September we had made a very quick decision to buy our new house – we hadn’t even looked inside! We had a fair idea what condition it would be in based on its age and the fact that most of the rooms weren’t in use, so when we finally got the keys there were few surprises (although the bathroom did take my breath away!)
We knew it would to be a sizeable project. The walls are sound but everything else needs to be completely renovated. The roof is asbestos and urgently needs to be replaced. We would probably have replaced the roof anyway to improve the insulation and to add roof windows for additional light. The current plumbing and electrics are well below par. The heating pipes are all exposed and not very pleasing on the eye – these will all be moved under the floorboards. We were hoping to lift the floorboards and reuse them, but it turned out that they were rotten and would also need to be replaced.
Describing the current condition of the house and what we plan to do with it is quite difficult, so I’ve put together a short video to give you the gist. We hope to have all the planning done by the end of March (when the winter snow typically lifts) and complete enough work to move in by mid summer. I think you will see how “Project: House” will more than keep us busy for the coming months!
If anyone feels like taking a trip to Lithuania to help with renovations please give me a shout! Also, if anyone has any DIY tips I would really love to hear from you. Enjoy the video!