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The trials and tribulations, challenges and successes, ups and downs of renovating a 1970s chalet-style 3-gabled detached house.


Expect stories of asbestos removal, garage conversions, kitchen/dining room design decisions, floor insulation, bi-fold doors, roof lanterns, electrics, kitchen installation, bathroom enlargement, broadband and home automation.


I'm a keen and fairly advanced DIYer in my 50th decade - I'll be doing any jobs myself that don't require specialist skills or accreditation, or that aren't time-critical.

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Because of our budget, there's some hard decisions and trade-offs to be made. Grateful for any constructive comments!   Remaining garage size It's a double-length garage - 9m. We could just convert half of it, leaving the front part as a regular-sized garage, but that will leave us tight on space. Instead we're leaning towards taking around 5.5m, making the front part just a workshop and store (and hopefully, micro-brewery 🙂. Floor will be raised by 100mm using PIR with 18mm chi




The grand plan

Apart from a lick of paint and a recent bathroom, the house is pretty much unchanged since built: Gas warm-air heating (ducts, and lots of 'em) with electric immersion heater for hot water Parquet floors to lounge, hallway and dining room which needs resanding, filling and sealing (plus filling the gaps left when we remove the warm-air heating outlets) 1970s kitchen, including sliding-door cabinets!   Our aspirations are: Immediate - Convert current tiny ut



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