Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Why did we do it?!

Well there were some good things about the house. The location is where we really wanted to be and where we can see ourselves settling and bringing up the kids. And there are some original features left, despite the garage horror. I love old houses and despite what's been done to it it still has a lovely friendly feel. We'd done up our first flat in Islington together pretty successfully and were pleased with what we'd done to our last house too, but we wanted the chance to do something a bit more radical. My husband in particular was very keen to use an architect and try to design something that would really suit our family for at least ten years. I like modern architecture too, but there aren't many cool modern houses round here ( or not in our price range anyway!) and I was keen to see if we could have a period house with a successful modern update. And we thought that at least with a house in this state we couldn't make it worse!

There's quite a nice fireplace in the sitting room ( the other one - not the garage!) and some nice cornicing and ceiling roses.

Oh, and the front door's quite nice, despite the lurid colour, and the original hall tiles have survived.

On the other hand, apart from the obvious garage problem it needs replumbing, rewiring, a new central heating system, a new roof, replastering in parts, a new extension, new kitchen and bathrooms and 'general reorganisation and modernisation' as our survey kindly pointed out.

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I'm 39 and married with two children aged seven and four. I'm fatally attracted to house renovation projects, and this is our third in the last seven years, my personal fifth since I bought my first flat in 1996. I think we might have bitten off more than we can chew with the Worst House.

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