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AT T I C M A K E O V E R ▲
PLANKS FROM AROUND
LINCOLN CATHEDRAL WERE
USED FOR THE FLOOR
JO'S TOP THREE MAXIMS
for surviving a renovation
1. LEARN TO LOVE RESEARCH I can honestly say research is one of
my favourite things to do. But never before has it paid more dividends.
Learn to love it - and not only when it comes to ﬁnding the perfect
ﬁnishing touches. More than once, thorough research saved our bacon
when it came to building regulations.
2. BE TOLERANT We both came to appreciate that there were going
to be days when we couldn't face making any decisions and bad days
when we were dismantling things, effectively taking steps backwards
in order to complete something which, at the time, seemed so small yet
was having such a big impact. Those times were a struggle. 'Be tolerant'
became our mantra. Remind yourselves that it won't last forever.
3. EMBRACE ACCEPTANCE Going hand-in-hand with tolerance
is acceptance. You get to a point where you learn to let stuff go
- the smell and constant presence of plaster dust, the incessant noise
of some power tool or other: one day it just doesn't bother you any
more. The sooner you accept change, and the mess that goes with it,
the easier any renovation work will become.
JO AND JEM FOUND
THE SPACE IN THE
LOFT AREA WAS
You do not usually need speciﬁc
planning permission to install an
en-suite bathroom, but work must
comply with building regulations.
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