Back in 2009, we did a full house refurbishment, which included lots of building and renovating work. At the time, it seemed silly to me – the house was under 10 years old and pretty much everything was fine in my opinion. Hubby had money burning a hole in his bank account though, so we did the refurb. The house afterwards was spectacular…. until I got pregnant! Then it quickly became impractical and not at all suitable for children. Don’t believe me? Check out this before and after video to see how totally unpractical it is/was…

House Renovation Before and After

A lot has happened in the 9 years since we did all the building and renovating work… We’ve got married, had 2 children, survived the baby and toddler stages, both started working from home, accepted our role as special needs parents and welcomed two boxer dogs into the fold. Needless to say, our home has already changed a lot since the above video was made. The cinema has now become our bedroom, our son is in the master bedroom and our daughter is in the “reading room” now. The office has been redone and is now fully fitted too.

New Plans

We don’t have as much disposable income these days, so every update within the home is carefully planned and budgeted for. Top of the to do list now is to get an extension on the back of the house to add on a family room to the downstairs. (My big pet peeve about our town house is that the lounge is on the first floor while the kitchen is on the ground floor).

I want somewhere to sit and watch the kids playing in the back garden, as well as somewhere to relax, without having to make people go upstairs. My sister has mobility issues and can’t visit us as she wouldn’t be able to manage the stairs.

Home Building and Renovating Show

I am hoping to get to the Home building and Renovating Show in Harrogate later this year to get some ideas and inspiration for our next grand design, as well as a realistic idea of how much the work is likely to cost us, and exactly how long we can expect it to take.

building and renovating - laptop with plans on

The show is made up of a large range of exhibitors, seminars, displays and more. You can meet the experts and get information and advice from builders, architects, planners and experts in many fields. I think the extension design ideas seminar sounds perfect for us, so I’ll definitely be checking that out if we get down there. The planning permission seminar may be worth checking out too.

More Info

The building and renovating show is running in various venues across the country over the year. The dates are as follows:

London – ExCeL – London – 21-23 September 2018

Scottish – RHC – Edinburgh – 20-21 October 2018

Northern – HCC – Harrogate – 2-4 November 2018

South West – Bath & West Showground – Somerset – 17-18 November 2018

South East – Farnborough International – Farnborough – 19-20 January 2019

National – NEC – Birmingham – 28 – 31 March 2019

Scottish – SEC – Glasgow – 1-2 June 2019

Southern – Sandown Park – Surrey – 29 – 30 June 2019

The show looks like it’ll replace dozens of hours spent researching online with one day of browsing, learning and inspiring. Perfect for both keen DIY’ers, rookie home improvement fans. As well as those who are embarking on a grand design of their own!

If you want to attend the Homebuilding and Renovating show, you can get 2 free tickets to any of the above shows here.

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