Hi everyone,I hope you have all had a brilliant week? ¬†What a difference it makes when the sun shines!As many of you may know (and lots of you probably don’t), my life at the moment is involving juggling being a Mummy whilst continuing with my TV presenting career AND managing the renovations of our new house.
This week I featured in the Metro newspaper talking about property so I thought I would share some details about my own current property renovation.
This is now my 10th renovation and I love everything about these kind of projects. ¬†Turning an unloved, run down wreck in to a special home is something that I really enjoy. ¬†It’s also a great way to make money but ultimately the amount you stand to make will depend on whether you bought the property for a good price. ¬†I’d like to think I have a pretty good vision when it comes to seeing the potential a property has. ¬†I’m not phased by having to remodel the house internally and knock walls down. ¬†You can’t just knock down any wall as you please, before you do anything you should check it is not load baring because if it is, it will need a steel to support it. ¬†I have a fantastic team of builders who work at an unbelievable pace (when the weather allows it), and the quality of their work is brilliant. ¬†Finding a good builder that you trust is key to these kind of projects.
Whenever you are taking on any kind of building work, I can’t stress enough how important it is for you to get several quotes. ¬†Also make sure you inspect your prospective builders work. ¬†Keeping a spread sheet of your quotes and actual spend is important too because it can very quickly, and easily spiral out of control. ¬†You can source some fantastic bargains online so it definitely pays to shop around.Our project is pretty big. ¬†The house was built in the 1930′s. ¬†It needed a complete rewire and replumb. ¬†It was sold as a three bed house but the third bedroom could only be accessed through the second one so with a bit of reconfiguration and raising the roof of the room (to give us full ceiling height), it is now a proper bedroom that can be accessed from the landing.
Part of the property also had a flat roof. ¬†We submitted planning permission for an extension and we have now created our fourth bedroom. ¬†Planning permission usually takes around ¬†8 weeks to come back. ¬†We submitted our planning permission before we completed in the purchase of our house which is totally legal.
Our house is still a building site and completely unliveable. ¬†We have ripped it apart but we now putting it back together and we are making some exciting progress.
Hopefully the photos will give a clearer idea of what it’s like and what we are trying to achieve. We are aiming for it to be finished by the Summer so I can’t wait to share some photos of the finished product with you…
This week Rocco and I had a lovely photo shoot with Mother and Baby magazine. ¬†The article won’t be out until May by which time Rocco will be 6 months. ¬†That sounds completely crazy he will be 6 months old in May…Time is flying so fast. ¬†He was such a good little boy on the photo shoot and he is somewhat of a little poser. ¬†I can’t wait to see the finished piece.
Rocco and I also visited a lovely place called Heaven in Nutfield.
It’s somewhere that mummy’s can be pampered and children can play. ¬†They have yoga classes for adults and dance classes for the little ones and there is a nice cafe for a bit of lunch too. ¬†If you live in the Surrey area, I would recommend a visit. ¬†I went with a few of my friends who also have little ones and we had a great time.
At four months Rocco loves looking in the mirror. ¬†He is also trying to hold his own bottle which is a bit tricky. ¬†I have discovered that Tommee Tippee do some great little mirrors with teething handles and they also have a great non drip ‘first cup’ with handles either side. Rocco is getting on really well with this. ¬†It’s amazing watching him trying to put the teet into his mouth. ¬†He pushes my hand away if I try to help him too so I think he is going to be stubborn like his mum.
Well that’s all from me. ¬†Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the week ahead.
Lots of love