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Aluminium Door Making Spaces Home Update

Out with the old – In with a new aluminium sliding door

I do love sharing projects with you guys, especially the ones at our place, as you get to see just how normal our house is and how the smallest of changes can make the biggest of differences. This is certainly one of those projects! Photo from last summer’s #UKHomeBlogHop We’ve finally got rid of the horrendous French doors that lead out onto the garden. I’ve always hated them, but when we moved in, it was at the bottom of a very long list of priorities to sort. They don’t look too bad in this pic above, that’s mainly because I’ve styled the crap out of the space, but the reality was they didn’t close properly, they were too small for the opening and they let a whole heap of cold inside. Before Updating the back of the house is something we’ve been putting off for ages. It was a faffy job, needing the old walls knocking down before the window co could fit the new, much improved door. Our first choice? An aluminium sliding door, …

Trades Say the Funniest Things

Now when I say funny, it’s only funny after the project has finished. You know when you’ve had a glass of wine and you’re looking back at all that hard work and reflecting on all the “bloopers”. It’s funny then, but in reality, what I mean is ‘annoying’. I spoke about this somewhat last year when we were doing our loft conversion. If I had a pound for every time I heard, “You can’t do that” or saw this face: I’d be sitting pretty on a few hundred, I tell thee! And you know what, it’s exhausting having to constantly clue everyone up on new products and slightly more creative uses of materials. If I wasn’t quite as stubborn I would have just relented… but I didn’t. Exposed brick. Poplar plywood floorboards. Conduit lighting. All from last year’s big build. Only last week, I spent about 20 minutes trying to convince an electrician that you could get bathroom light switches that are IP rated and suitable for zone 2. “Yes, yes you can.” “I’ve seen …