I’ve mentioned before that our home is listed. The main part of it was built in the 17th century with a shiny new extension added in 1890.
Modern right? ;)
Anyway, 15 years or so ago the previous owners added an extension of their own — a conservatory. Wooden framed and a decent size, it’s turned the house into an L shape. We currently use it as our ‘smart’ sitting room; basically a child-free room that isn’t strewn with an assortment of plastic toys and stuffed animals.
I *like* it but what I really want to do is knock the whole thing down and rebuild across the whole of the back of the house.
And I don’t want my dream conservatory to look like it was built in the 1600s either — a pastiche of the era — I want it to look super modern but still tie in with the existing building. Not too much to ask eh? Ahem.
It is a big ask — and a BIG job — but I’ve been trawling the internet and there are some gorgeous examples that make me think it could work beautifully.I’ve also come across a fantastic website called RatedPeople.com that could really take a lot of the stress out of the build. It’s a brilliant resource listing tradespeople of all kinds — builders, electricians, plasterers — but the best thing is everybody listed on there been rated by customers, who have previously used their services.
No more agonising over whether the plumber you’ve chosen is really a cowboy in disguise; this is a fab way of being paired up with tradespeople who have a proven track record and can be entrusted with your project.
Just let them know (in as much detail as you can) what kind of home improvement you’d like them to do and Rated People will send the job lead out to all the relevant tradesmen, listed in your local area. Up to three companies — who are interested in quoting on your project — will buy your job lead and get in touch.
You’ll then be sent links to their profile pages, where you can read about their businesses and look at the reviews and ratings they’ve received from previous customers.
It’s such a clever system. Instead of having to trawl through the yellow pages and getting quotes in from companies you know nothing about, you can make an informed choice, using local quality tradesmen who’ve already been vetted through the experiences of others.
One thing’s for sure. If we did knock down our existing conservatory and replace it with something fabulous, I’d *definitely* have plenty room for the dream kitchen I’ve been banging on about!This post was written in collaboration with RatedPeople.com but all thoughts and words, as ever, are my own.