Belinda Rohan, owner of an extended 1970s house shares what she learned whilst extending her home.
‘I believe it’s always worth spending on versatile, good-quality fittings and finishes that will last. For example, I went for a solid timber in-frame kitchen, which can be painted any colour. The hall tiles have a honed finish, but I could have them polished in the future if I ever wanted to change the look of the entrance hall.’
‘The vanity unit in the family bathroom was a great buy. It was an ex-display model and I got it for less than half-price. I love the design – it’s made from solid oak and contrasts well with the blue and grey mosaic tiles.’
‘I’m so pleased that we fitted the Faber hole-in-the-wall gas fire, from Heating Distributors, in the TV room/den. The room faces north but the fire heats up quickly, which makes the space feel warm and welcoming. I also love the fire’s stylish, contemporary look.’
‘When you’re taking on a project, I think you need to be on site at least once each day. Decisions are required on a daily basis, so if you’re not there to make them, you will have to accept somebody else’s interpretation of what you want. It’s too late to decide that you don’t want something, or that you want to change it, when it has been done, and too costly to take it apart and start again.’