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Home Reno: What We Have Planned For 2017

renovation plans for 2017

Oh.My.Goodness I cannot believe we have reached the end of the year. It doesn't feel like that long ago since I was writing this post for the last year! Needless to say, it's been one hell of a year (erm, Brexit, Trump, WTF?). We've spent 9+ months without a kitchen AND STILL COUNTING and yes, we somehow had Christmas here without one too. It's been tougher than I can explain, we've spent a heck more than we had ever planned for, and quite frankly I'm quite glad to see the back of this year and look towards a new one, which will hopefully include a freaking kitchen at some point SOON!!

2016 Renovation Cost Round-Up

2016 renovation cost round up

Ahh it's that time of year again, when I look back on our yearly renovation spending and cringe. Renovating a home is not a cheap process and despite trying to do everything "on the cheap" things still manage to add up to horrific numbers. And I know we've spent A LOT of money this year because we took out a home improvements loan and that money is now pretty much all gone! YIKES.

What we Achieved in 2016 | 12 Months of Renovations

Renovation Achievements of 2016

2016 was a total roller-coaster; we've began making some of the biggest changes to our home this year and it's definitely made a memorable year - although not entirely all for good reasons. We started the year gearing up for a huge change to the layout of our home, removing a bathroom, knocking down two walls and living for almost a whole year without a kitchen. We've done so much and yet at the same time, it also feels like we've achieved very little.

So here's what we have achieved over the last 12 months...

Our Not-So Festive Home

Christmas tree made from bricks

December is such a busy month for us. We work in retail, so there really is zero holiday season for us. Instead our hours increase, workload increases and we spend December feeling more stressed than any other month of the year.

This year I was absolutely adamant at spending Christmas alone with one another (we really don't get much time alone together to enjoy anyway and we haven't spent a Christmas with just the two of us for the last three years) buuuuuttt the slow renovations and lack of cash has meant we're now facing our Christmas alone without a kitchen (the woes! I love a good Christmas dinner!) and with rather empty pockets as well.

Alternative Logs for Wood Burners

heat logs review

A few months back we took the plunge into finally purchasing a wood burner and since then we've been enjoying many nights snuggled by the fire, enjoying it's glorious heat. And if you didn't already know - this is a pretty huge deal for us, after having spent the last six years (and more to come!) without central heating. We finally have heat and it's bloomin' amazing!!

We've been getting to grips with our log burner; learning which logs burn best for our needs, how to stack a fire and so on and so forth. Something I've read a lot about is heat logs. They're hugely popular throughout Europe and can be a more efficient and cleaner alternative to actual tree logs. They have lots of other benefits too and come in a variety of different forms. So, when Lekto Fuels asked if I wanted to sample some of their heat logs, of course I said yes.

Winter Giveaway with CastFireplaces.co.uk!

festive fires giveaway

At this time of year, my Instagram feed turns from beautiful flowers, blue skies and autumnal leaves to fire, log burners, fireplaces, and a few pesky broken boilers (always the way!) yep - it's almost winter.

We may not have central heating, but we do have for the first time this year(!!!) our newly fitted log burner, which we purchased from castfireplaces.co.uk a few months back. It's already been a freaking life saver and I know as it gets colder, we'll love it even more! The heat output is pretty damn amazing and it heats the room quickly and efficiently too. Considering it's our only source of heat, we've really put ours to the test and have been nothing but impressed!

DIY: Exposing a Steel Beam & Fire Protection

how to fireproof a steel beam with paint

Steel beams - you either love them or hate them. Their purpose has absolutely nothing to do with being an interior statement, but to safely support the building that sits on top of it. However with industrial interiors becoming a growing trend, there's nothing that quite punches a statement of industrialism more than an exposed steel beam. But keeping a steel beam as a feature to a room isn't quite as simple as it sounds. Nope, there's building regulations to adhere to and safety aspects to consider first.