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DoraMarr Thu 09-May-19 19:55:47

What horrible rainy weather! I’m sitting here, glass of wine in hand, contemplating putting a load of washing on. If I do, I will have to tumble dry it. The washer-dryer is in the kitchen end of my apartment living room, and it makes a lot of noise. So, I am thinking of taking out the bath in my guest bathroom, leaving the loo and washbasin in there, and turning it into a laundry room. This would would also give me an extra cupboard in the kitchen. If you had £2000 to spend on your house, what would you do?

lovebeigecardigans1955 Thu 09-May-19 19:59:17

I don't know what it would cost but I'd get it decorated nicely with a better stair carpet and a built-in cupboard in the spare bedroom. It needs a face lift more than anything drastic.

Urmstongran Thu 09-May-19 20:02:11

I would take out the bath as it has high sides and use the same space for a shower with sliding doors, being mindful of potential mobility issues looking ahead. And of course the area would then need tiling. Try to match them up or not would be the major decision!

Riverwalk Thu 09-May-19 20:02:12

I wouldn't be using it to turn a bathroom into a laundry room! Why not buy a better quality washer-dryer? The pricier ones are usually quieter.

I'd put £2000 towards updating my kitchen.

Dontaskme Thu 09-May-19 20:02:20

I'd get all the blinking wood chip wallpaper removed from the stairs and landings. We've done all the rooms but these are still to do - such a horrible job in a 4 storey house, lots of stairs and landings!. -

crazyH Thu 09-May-19 20:03:12

Probably have the whole interior painted ......... but what I'd really like to do, is take out all the grass and borders in my garden and replace it with artificial turf. Tacky, I know but so much less work. I don't think it would cost mire than £ garden is small.

Callistemon Thu 09-May-19 20:05:52

Would there be room for a shower and the washer/drier in your guest bathroom where the bath was?

DoraMarr Thu 09-May-19 20:14:39

There probably would be room for a shower as well as a washer/ dryer, but I don’t need it. I don’t often have people staying, and when they do they often use my shower rather than the bath anyway. I do have an expensive, two year old washer- dryer, but it is still noisy.
My daughter had artificial turf in her first house, and it looked great!
These are just idle thoughts on a rainy evening, if I had a windfall I’d probably spend it on a holiday!

CanadianGran Thu 09-May-19 20:17:42

I have a long list! Mine is mostly furnishings though, and not anything really for the house itself.
My living room furniture needs replacing; it's getting (more than) a bit scruffy.
My poor dear hubby has been campaigning for a king size bed for the last few years, but it would be a very tight squeeze in our bedroom. New bed and smaller night stands might do the trick.

Also I need new glasses in the kitchen. I realize when I set the table for more than 4 that my wine glasses are mismatched.

Callistemon Thu 09-May-19 20:34:08

My daughter had artificial turf in her first house, and it looked great!

DoraMarr Thu 09-May-19 21:04:31

[calistemon] I know I know! It’s not very friendly to the environment, but she was young, single, it was a tiny garden, and it suited her at the time.

FlexibleFriend Thu 09-May-19 21:05:43

I haven't got anything that needs doing, but that's never stopped me, so I'd update the front of my house with a roller shutter garage door and a stylish matching front door.

Happiyogi Thu 09-May-19 21:29:05

Dora, a much cheaper solution would be one of the Dry Soon heated clothes rails from Lakeland. It folds away compactly when not in use, you can use it with or without heating it (6p/hour to run I think) and you can also buy a cover to "tent" over it while it's drying. Comes in several sizes. I love mine.

Auntieflo Thu 09-May-19 22:14:11

I don’t think £2000.00 would be enough, but I would love to have doors out into the garden, directly from the kitchen. Then the radiator would need moving, then we would need to re-decorate, and then.......
Still I can dream. 😴

DoraMarr Thu 09-May-19 22:21:05

happiyogi, thanks . I have a wooden airier, but as I have asthma I don’t like to keep wet clothes hanging for long. The dryer is a condenser, so there is no damp air from it. If the weather is dry I can put the wooden dryer near the balcony window ( not allowed on the balcony!)
I’m interested in what others would choose- my second ( or first?) choice would be some original art by a local artist.

Callistemon Thu 09-May-19 22:34:46

I don’t think £2000.00 would be enough, but I would love to have doors out into the garden, directly from the kitchen
Me too - but it would be more like £20,000+ shock

Callistemon Thu 09-May-19 22:36:43

Perhaps I'd have a new bed and bedroom carpet and smart fitted wardrobes so that everything looks tidy!

janeainsworth Thu 09-May-19 22:38:39

I'd put it towards a sun room leading off the dining area of our living room . I've always wanted one so that I could sit there & look at the garden whatever the weather.

BBbevan Fri 10-May-19 01:37:10

I would put in a separate toilet. We have 3 ensuites, but no toilet for casual visitors. Not very happy about people traipsing through bedrooms

annep1 Fri 10-May-19 06:53:48

It would definitely go towards wooden shutters. Haven't a clue how much they cost. We stayed in a guest house in Horsham that had them two years ago and I loved them.

Annana Fri 10-May-19 07:20:38

Unfortunately, I need so much more to do out my house that I don’t know where to start - so keep putting off. What makes things even worse is that my dh has absolutely zero interest in house and will „ happily „ spend on other things !

shysal Fri 10-May-19 08:05:22

Decorate throughout and carpet living room. It is all looking rather shabby at the moment.

Humbertbear Fri 10-May-19 08:14:33

I think I’d have a porch built but it would involve re-building the front steps

annep1 Fri 10-May-19 08:30:52

Annana I think a lot of men are like that. It should be a fun pleasant shared experience doing home decorating etc. I get so stressed with doing it all myself. It took 2 years to change the fireplace. Ditto kitchen lights - its difficult chooosing with husband saying I don't care, its up to you, what's wrong with the one we have etc..etc.. Luckily its not about the money He just is content with everything * which is not a bad thing I suppose ).

Cabbie21 Fri 10-May-19 09:01:33

My DH is the same. He can no longer do the sort of DIY he used to do, so it means getting people in. Fixing up times for them to call to give estimates, then not turning up, or coming to look and not coming back with a figure, then agreeing dates to do the work, then the inconvenience of having workmen in, all gives him plenty to complain and be grumpy about. After the last lot he said no more for five years!
I want to adapt the tiny spare bedroom to use as my den, which needs a bit or carpentry to make it work, with a work top going over the end of the single bed. I just need my own space, to escape from him and his choice of TV then going to sleep but waking up to complain if I try to change channel. Grr.