- Finding a class of your own in the new British class system
It is a tendency of human beings to categorise and compartmentalise environment that surrounds us to make better sense of it.
What comes to social fabric of our lives, nowhere is this more apparent than in the sweeping division of people in working, middle and upper classes. This one single definition tells us more about a person than a mugshot and a CV – or so we are conditioned to believe. In any case, an exception makes a rule and an uneducated posh heir or Shakespeare quoting council estate bam surely fit that bill.
- Re-wiring a house – what to expect
Like any retrofit installation, re-wiring a property can be a tricky task. Unlike most other home improvement projects this affects the house in its entirety. And that means absolutely every single room, and everything in them; walls, ceilings, floors…you name it. I got a very tangible reminder of this hanging new curtain poles. You may ask what relevance does curtains have in connection with re-wiring, so I better start from the beginning.
When we had decided to buy a house, one of the key questions we asked from the sellers was if the properties had been re-wired. It was essential piece of information since we understood the high cost involved in, first of the actual electrical work, but also repairing the damage left by the tradesmen. Don’t get me wrong, my intention is not to blame electricians, the destruction caused to the house is just the nature and by-product of the invasive operation of re-wiring. Eventually, however, our preferred future home turned out to run with antiquated electrical wiring, and we decided to go for it. At least our eyes were open when we made that decision, but still, I doubt we had quite managed to visualise the consequences.
- Opening up a chimney breast
If the title caught your eye, you must be planning to take a hammer to your chimney breast to create a larger than the current opening.
There are a good many reasons to carry out this minor structural alteration. It can give a feeling of more space in a cramped room, accommodate a cooker in a kitchen, create a decorative centre piece in any room, or you may even want to fit a wood burning stove in it. Done in a sympathetic way, and respecting the original features of the house, the focal point created in the room has definite potential to add value to a property.
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