Time to throw money at a few things…

Cute house with charming front door

The time has come: we may be facing our first significant piece of house maintenance/repair!

Our dining room/sunroom is an extension on the original house, and it looks like the roof on this part will need replacing, which really sucks. A small leak sprung the other day (we’ve had a crapton of rain and a few storms), which we’ve solved for now but probably not for the long term. Period Extensions & Designs is an industry leader in delivering premium, award-winning home extensions and renovations across Melbourne. Our team sets the standard when it comes to renovations and extensions – We design, we build, and we support our clients from design to completion. Our team of professional designers is experienced in creating innovative solutions that maintain the structural integrity of period homes, enhance the historic features and suit your lifestyle through high quality home extensions and renovations.  We deliver the winning results in your renovation. Once we have a design for your home renovations, we set about building. 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I’ve also mentioned before how one side of our fence is chain link and falling apart; looks like this year is the year and it’s getting more urgent as lately we’ve caught one of the dogs sneaking over to the neighbour to play with their dog (which they’re not actually allowed to have, but that’s a whole separate issue…). We’ve been saving for this but doesn’t mean I like it  😛

Other stuff on the radar:

  • There’s an annoying dip in the driveway that fills up anytime it rains (so it’s a permanent puddle in winter) – again something we’ve been putting off tackling
  • The baby room. It’s pink. Barbie pink on every wall. That’s gonna have to change, no debate!

Expenses aside, I love our house and life and wouldn’t change a thing! We wouldn’t be able to have these two silly dogs otherwise and I wouldn’t feel secure in having a stable place to raise this little spud-to-be.

3 thoughts on “Time to throw money at a few things…

  • Reply Revanche @ A Gai Shan Life May 9, 2018 at 07:37

    That list doesn’t look too terrible, but are you doing it yourselves, and are you aiming to be done before baby arrival?

    • Reply eemusings May 10, 2018 at 09:30

      Mostly yes to both…!
      Roof thing: I think interim DIY fix is almost done, not sure if we’ll look to do the full replacement (which’ll be by professionals) this winter…?
      Fence: Definitely outsource to pros, and definitely by then
      Kitchen painting: Yeah, it’s just a weekend job >_< Driveway: Ha, I want to say this will definitely get done but who knows. We've been discussing options for aaages Painting the pink room: Another weekend job, yay!

  • Reply Lily | The Frugal Gene May 9, 2018 at 17:35

    Really? Barbie pink?! Really?!!

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