Monday, May 05, 2014

Some folk do like self torture

Scott and Mark lived in Liverpool in England after moving there from Melbourne's south eastern suburbs, not far from where my Sister used to live in Murrumbeena. They have now moved to Leicester and bought a house very badly in need of renovation.  You can follow their joys, trials and tribulations at their specific blog, Edwardian House Renovation . It is interesting and concise and I now know a little more now about the mysteries of English boilers and hydronic heating.

Never mind the stress for Scott and Mark. We hope the feline triumvirate of Miss Rose, Ruby and Oliver don't get too upset by the house being ripped apart.


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  1. I think anyone that builds or renovates is completely crackers!! ;)

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    1. Having renovated a few places Fen, I agree.

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  2. I know people who do this for a living. They buy, fix up, renovate, and sell for huge profit. There's even documentaries about it over here.

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    1. Keith, I think it is pretty much the same the world over, including being filmed for tv. We may see something on tv about the subject of this post.

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  3. Unless a house is 100% crap, I would always prefer to renovate and re-purpose a Victorian or Edwardian house than pull it down. Not only is the destruction of good architecture a terrible waste of resources; what replaces it is often cheap and nasty.

    But living through a renovation tests any marriage. I would much prefer to give detailed information to a professional and let him/her get on with the project. And living IN the house while it is being renovated in an insanity (as I know from personal experience).

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    1. So with you Hels about pulling down old places. It might not be so bad if what replaced them is better, but we know it isn't.

      We've done our share of old house renos and are well over it, which is why we now live a clean and modern place.

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  4. I wish Scott and Mark all the luck, renovations are a nightmare.. but so worth it if you can survive the ordeal :)

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    1. Grace, you survived your kitchen reno. Wasn't that bad was it?

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    2. It was Andrew.. or at least it seemed so at the time :)

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  5. I had to look up triumvirate. :)
    I've always wanted to do this but it takes a lot of money, which I don't have. As much as I have rebelled against bourgeois values, I still love the idea of remaking something of value and then decorating it. I see the renovation of their house as an exciting challenge.

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    1. Rubye, I truly understand your conflict. However, it is a terribly stressful thing to do.

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  6. Renovations that is divorce material but it's good when it is finished.
    Merle.................

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    1. sigh... agreed.

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    2. Merle, I am sure you have been there and done that. Great that you survived.

      Hels, you too survived to tell the tale.

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  7. Thanks everyone. It's only divorce material if both people insist on having a say - Mark recognised several houses ago that I should have full creative control. Things have been fine ever since!

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    1. Scott, longer term relationships are often like that. People slip into the roles they do best.

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