REUSING STONE, timber and roof tiles from the site has helped us to save thousands of pounds in materials costs.
BE STRICT with your budgeting. Plan everything out in minute detail and don’t be tempted by more expensive options unless you can readily identify ways to cut some costs elsewhere.
FIRST FIX WORK always relates to the finished product, so you must plan ahead. Key considerations include tile depths, light fixtures and electrical outlet locations – especially cooker points, as these need an independent cable to function.
NAME THE PROPERTY very early on if you’re changing the use from agricultural to domestic, otherwise you won’t be able to register for essential utility services. We settled on Cragend Grange in the end, because of its history as a granary.
ENGAGE YOUR children in the renovation process. If they see it as an adventure, and learn how to do practical things, they might go on to tackle a project themselves later in life.