Keeping warm with new central heating

The colder months are almost upon us, some mornings I am waking up to a freezing cold house. My Hubby then moans and already wants me to put the heating on. I have a rule that the heating doesn’t go on until October and I like it to be as late into October as possible. I think it just isn’t quite cold enough to have it on just let, pop on a jumper or a blanket instead.


Our house is quite old and very very cold. A few years ago when the house was being renovated we added new windows to the back of the house and left the front hoping they would last a couple more years. However, the first winter in the house was freezing. The bedrooms in the dormer part of the roof, were so cold. The children had to have extra blankets on their beds at night. The following year we had new windows put in but it has made no difference, it’s still freezing cold. If you have any issues we recommend getting in touch with 2 RED Ltd if you are based in the Midlands, who can help.

Anyway, while renovating the house we needed a new boiler, new radiators in some of the rooms. New boilers and radiators do not come cheap. Just like every other part of house renovation, sourcing a boiler that you want, that does everything you need then finding someone to fit it is not easy.

New central heating options

My Hubby looked at the different types of central heating systems to see what would be the best. Affordable, economical, the right size for it’s location. I then had the task of finding someone to fit it.

There are three different types of wet central heating boiler options. A combi boiler, that heats mains water as required and does not need a water tank. A conventional boiler, that heats water and pumps it to the radiators and using a water tank. A system boiler which is basically a conventional but does everything in one unit so taking up less space.

Boilers are a bit of a mine field to me, but after some advice we went with a combi boiler, it’s been great. Finding someone to fit it wasn’t quite so easy. Plumbers are always so busy. After ringing round people who had been recommended to us, I found a local company who could fit it for us. It’s never easy to find someone who is trust worthy to fit a boiler and deal with all of the gas side of things.

I should think that when we come to moving to our forever home, we will again need to put in a new boiler system, fingers crossed it will be a nice simple process. 

Do you have any tips for finding tradesman?


*This is a collaborative post. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Keep your Garden looking beautiful all year round

I love having a big garden, although I find it so much more difficult to keep looking perfect all of the time. At our first house, we had a tiny little garden, my Dad referred to it as a postage stamp. It was however always immaculate, a couple of hours a week kept it looking perfect all of the time.

Since moving into the bigger house, we also now have a rather large garden. It’s great, it has allowed our house to become the place for gatherings, bbq’s, fireworks and Easter egg hunts. The children also have a large wooden climbing frame and large trampoline which are both used all year round.


It does however take up so much time. Having such a large garden does come with it’s own issues. We have hedges either side that take hours to cut, collect it all up and then burn, three or four times a year. There is also a lot of lawn, in the back garden and well as the front garden. In during the last year we have found that time has been very precious, we just have not been able to keep it all looking nice. Yes, we have kept on top of the lawn and hedges but not so much on the boarder, the patios, the flowers. For next year we are thinking about getting a Gardener in to help out. It might be just to keep on top of the lawns each week or do the hedges or it could be for everything.

As most of my readers know, we are planning to find our forever home. A place that will need renovating and improving. After an extension or conservatory has put in place, inevitably means that a garden design would need to take place. Making the garden beautiful and manageable even if that does mean we get a gardener in to help out.

How do you manage your gardening? Do you have someone in to help you out or do you find the time to complete it all yourself?


*This is a collaborative post. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*


Stress free home renovation

I we bought our first house, it was only 12 months old and in immaculate condition. We just moved into a magnolia house that didn’t need any work doing, which was perfect for us at the time. Not having to worry about a new kitchen, a new bathroom or new windows.


Home renovation

We are currently living in a house that needed everything do when it was first bought, walls came down, walls went up the whole house needed renovating. Finding the kitchen was easy, we went to a trade showroom for it, the house was being completed for us to live in for a few years before finding our forever home. So, we used trade companies, plus we could go and look at kitchens, bathrooms, flooring without to much trouble.

When it came to sorting windows it was much more difficult, we had to ring around the local companies arrange for them to come out to give us a quote. It was time consuming, sourcing the companies finding the time to have them round, spend a couple of hours talking to sales men and then having to wait or the quote to arrive. But in the end we got them sorted.

While doing house renovations, you just pray that everything to go smoothly. Making sure the companies you use are reliable and good value for money to keep within budget is so important. It is also one of the hardest things about house renovations. I just wanted a smooth process from start to finish, which is was not. We had issues with the plumbers, the flooring company, the painter and almost 5 years later we are still having issues. Next time I will make sure it’s very different.

Since completing the work on the house, we are now ready to find out forever home. We will go for something that again needs some love, maybe an extension or even a lovely conservatory on the back to add even more living space. Who knows, but I do know I will try to make the process as stress from as possible this time. I will make sure we research everything better and ensure we have everything we want, even if it means waiting that bit longer to save up for it.

Have you completed a house renovation? Do you have any top tips?


*This is a collaborative post. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*