Buying the house !

We’ve done it ! We have found the house in Manchester.Our offer has been accepted, the survey commissioned and we called into the solicitors today to pay the local authority search fees etc..

It’s in Openshaw which has an M11 postcode and is about 3/4 mile from the future Man City Football academy and the area is in the process of being regenerated as part of the East Manchester Regeneration Programme (2008-2018).

It’s a truly exciting time but I have to admit it’s not easy trying to look at a house and think what will this look like once we’ve moved in. Obviously the kitchen is an important room for us and the living room /  dining room which is open plan needs to be opened a bit wider.

Do we keep the hallway ?
That’s a big question. A hallway is great when you come inside with the dogs and means you don’t walk straight into the living room on the otherhand you loose a bit of space. We are thinking of maybe opening the wall a bit in an innovative way. Not sure what that will be.

Interior Designer, Interior Decorator or Architect
That’s our other major question. We managed to get the house a little cheaper than we had anticipated and we thought it might be a good idea to get someone in to help with the whole interior design.
It seems as if the interior decorator does just the decorating, not walls taken down, no real room restructuring just colour matching, furniture etc.

The interior designer does have more ideas to move walls etc but if any supporting walls need coming down then you need to get in an architect. 

Does anyone have experience ?
Have you used the services of an interior designer ?
Did you bring down any supporting walls or think about an extension ?

I would love to hear from you about your experiences.

In the meantime here are a few photos:

Hallway
Hallway

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5 thoughts on “Buying the house !

  1. What you can do is also just hire the architect to draw up some plans if you’re thinking of changing the shell of the building (it’s normally a set price for the plans which are then for you to keep) and then let the interior designer work from there.

    1. Hi
      Thanks for the idea. I hadn’t thought of that and yes it’s a great idea.
      We’ve been spending the past couple of days going round and round shops looking at colours and seem to think the best option is a light grey downstairs adding splashes of colour. Until we can spend a bit more time in the house I think it’s quite difficult.
      Thanks again for the idea and for stopping by

  2. Congratulations to you both !!! 🙂
    If you need help for anything, just tell us, we will be glad to come.
    xxxxxxx

  3. Justine one thing, place a little mirror on the bathroom door, outside…

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