A couple of years ago we started to find our little home wasn’t enough for our family needs. We had an unusually designed loft conversion which left us with a staircase in the second biggest bedroom, leaving Tween the only option of a small box room.
There were so many niggles that we knew needed money throwing at to get the best from the space we could have. So we decided it was time to move, we’d outgrown our mid terrace and searched for something which ticked all our boxes; 3 bedroom, dining room, hallway. Nothing extravagant but these were our bonus requirements.
Unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be though, after several promising views that hung in the buyers selling their house and being messed around by estate agents we admitted defeat and decided we’d improve on what we had. There were so many positives in our home, the parking, location, neighbours, view that we felt we could turn our quirky home into our perfect one and set about making plans.
It was during this time of planning and renovating that I began to write my first blog, Mummy Money Penny, documenting how we were transforming our home on a budget. I shared tips on how I sourced bargains, how I up cycled furniture and the woes of living through a renovation.
If I’m honest, it was truly awful! We had no kitchen for weeks and the mess and chaos slowly ground me down. But it all came good in the end and the finished result was amazing. Our move or improve decision paid off and we’d created a family home to be proud of.
We moved the silly staircase to the opposite side of the house, gaining an extra bedroom and making the loft conversion seem like it had always been part of the house instead of an add on. While Daz took on the project managing side as well as smaller building and carpentry jobs I got on with the paper work. We needed to make sure we had the right home insurance in place for converting our loft into a useable extra bedroom along with the major DIY work going on and check building regs, plans and legalities. Gone were the days of doing what you wanted, if we ever decided to try to sell again, we had to make sure everything was done properly.
Now it’s all complete, our teenage den is in full use and has proved its worth many a time, giving our eldest the space for sleepovers and a chill area for him and his mates. If I’m honest, I think we may have made it a little too perfect as he barely comes out, gracing us only with his presence to scavenge for food and to check the wi-fi cable.
For anyone else who’s wondering whether to move or improve, I would recommend starting with your pros and cons sheet. It was the right decision for us, saving us money in the long run. We took the bare bones of what we had and made them into our little haven of perfection.