The House Viewing

house viewingWe are looking to move house. Next year looks most likely, perhaps the year after. This is THE PLAN. What we didn’t expect was for a near perfect house to pop up. Of course, us being us, we booked a house viewing and met the agent there this morning.

It had the right number of bedrooms, a lovely kitchen, a dining room, lounge, plenty of storage, a cellar (decorated and carpeted), a conservatory and a bigger garden. I was smitten before we left but of course, you never know with house viewings how things will go.

Sadly it wasn’t for us. The layout was perfect, the outside was great and we used to live in the same area and loved it. The kitchen was wonderful, although had a somewhat oddly-placed fireplace (gas fire) in the kitchen which I’m sure would have annoyed me eventually. The mixture of tile and hardwood floors worked and the bathroom was ideal. Sadly though the third bedroom was tiny and the cellar, which Roy would earmark for Dungeons and Dragons sessions, had a slight problem of its own; Roy couldn’t stand up straight in it (he’s 6ft 4”).

We said that if we moved the new house, garden and area would have to tick all of the boxes. This house ticked most, however, the compromises were too great. So close. We thanked the agent and have closed the door on that particular property. Ok, we WILL close the door, I’m just a little in love still with the parts of it that were perfect.

This house viewing has really made us think about our checklists, our priorities and how much we are willing to compromise, or not. We’ve ruled out a newer house. We’ve been there before and much prefer the character and space that comes with an older property. Don’t get me wrong, if a new house popped up with a cellar that Roy could stand up in….

Is it wrong to want it all? I don’t think so. I’m a little sad today as if I’ve lost something which is a bit odd given as the house was never mine but it has really hammered home how important the feel and the atmosphere of a house and an area are to us, as much as the practical aspects.

Onwards and upwards. For us, it’s back to our original plan of moving next year and taking our time. I will, of course, be keeping an eye on Rightmove, just in case.


Engineered Wood Flooring: Affordable Luxury

Engineered Wood Flooring

When it comes to choosing family-friendly flooring, engineered wood flooring should be at the top of your list. There are many reasons this type of flooring is a top choice for those with families or pets and the main reason is that they have children and pets! Hard-wearing, attractive and an affordable alternative to cheap to buy and cheap-looking carpet, engineered wood flooring offers a range of benefits.

Learn From Your Mistakes

Hands up if you have bought cheap and cheerful thin laminate flooring, thinking that it will completely alter the way that your hall, lounge or dining room looks? We’ve all been there, and all lived to regret it. Laminate is nowhere near as hard-wearing as engineered wood flooring and easily lifts and scratches. If like me you’ve tried laminate and other similar alternatives and found them a waste of money, it might be worth thinking again.

What is Engineered Wood Flooring

A lot of work goes into producing engineered wood flooring and that effort is repaid when the end result really does make a difference in someone’s home. Numerous layers of quality timber are combined and then finished with an incredibly high-quality hardwood lamella finish. Offering many of the same benefits of hardwood flooring, engineered wood flooring is easier on the budget and is incredibly stable.

When you turn the heating up and down and when there are spills and leaks the flooring stands up brilliantly to all of this abuse. Being hardy, strong and able to adapt to different temperatures means that it would work really well if you were considering installing underfloor heating.

What a Difference Flooring Makes

Nothing pulls a room down quicker than a carpet that is past its best or flooring that is scuffed, scratched, faded or warped. If you really want your home to feel great and look great you need to start from the floor and work upwards.

Engineered wood flooring offers warmth, stability and it looks fantastic. Available in a number of different styles and colours it offers warmth and an attractive look throughout. It’s safe to say that when re-flooring our home we’ll be strongly considering engineered wood flooring for our high traffic areas.


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