The other day I sat down to watch some TV – it’s not something I do a lot, because once I’m sat down in front of it with a cup of tea, there’s no moving me for hours, so I try not to sit down in the first place. But the weather was looking down, I wasn’t feeling so great and didn’t feel like getting on with my recent writing project, so TV it was. Being the middle of the day, to be honest it was mostly all rubbish, including Jeremy Kyle (which is always good for a laugh) and This Morning. I eventually found something I was interested in though, a programme called Double Your House for Half the Money, which is presented by property genius Sarah Beeny.
I know I talk about it a lot, but moving out to the countryside is one of the best things I’ve done, and since arriving here, I’ve never stopped thinking about ways I can improve on my house and the things in it. Now I’ve got it mostly kitted out with furniture, I’m thinking about new ways I can work on it. I was considering getting some sort of shed for the garden since I’m slowly collecting gardening tools in the shed, but after watching this programme, I’ve got even bigger ideas. There’s plenty of room around the house, so I’m starting to consider some sort of extension. Obviously it’s only in the early days, but I’ve managed to save quite a bit of money on living costs already living here, so it’s slowly adding up and I’m on my way there.
I guess I won’t be doing anything until at least the middle of summer, if not next spring, but there’s no harm in planning already. I found a list of suppliers that were used on the programme here and have started looking through them to add up costs and get inspiration. I’m thinking some sort of garden room, perhaps an extension off the side of the kitchen since that opens out onto fields at the back so I wouldn’t be intruding on the neighbours’ space. I’d definitely want big windows on it to see the views, but would need some good ones, including a good door too to keep the heat in. To be honest, I haven’t thought at all about a colour scheme or what furniture I’d put in it, but that’s all the fun of planning, finding out what you want and what’ll work for you. Once I’ve got some plans set in stone, I’ll update them on here, but it might not be for a while yet, need to keep saving for a bit longer first.
Image courtesy of Pete Turnbull.