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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.

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