Creating a Comfy (and Kid-Proof) Family Home

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Framing a Closet to Fit the Ikea Algot System

Carl and I have spent a while thinking about the best way to get more storage space into the bedrooms upstairs. Like a typical English house, there aren’t any closets (save the linen closet in the hallway). Since we left our Ikea Pax wardrobes at our previous house, we have next to no storage and are starting from scratch. We’ve toyed with the idea of getting Pax wardrobes again. We liked their functionality and their height tall. They really use space effectively.…

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Fitting an Externally Vented Tumble Dryer

It is disturbing how casually Carl drills holes through external walls. He did this in our last house – to the point I was vaguely concerned the structural integrity was compromised. The house is still standing, thankfully. I’m not surprised, therefore, that Carl drilled a hole in our garage wall within a week of moving in. The hole is extremely useful, though, since we are venting our tumble dryer through it. Here’s how we went about the job. Drilling a…

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Fitting a Microchip Cat Flap in a UPVC Door

We have three cats. We started off with two, which is pretty respectable, but then we found another in the cellar of our last house. She was hiding in the darkness behind piles of rubbish left by the previous owners, staring up at us with pale green eyes, a bit like Gollum. She ended up much nicer than Gollum, though, so we kept her. Anyway, one of the first orders of business when we moved was to get a flap fitted…

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How We Boarded our Loft to Create More Storage

After getting all of our stuff moved into our house, we faced the very real issue of what to do with all our boxes. The garage filled up quickly with tools and leftover building materials from our previous house. This left our entryway filled with Christmas ornaments, mementos, extra kitchen supplies and clothes the boys have outgrown. Carl and I had talked about how we could board the loft to create more space for storage, and it was obvious we would…

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