My biggest mission throughout this whole house project has been to make it as warm and cosy as possible.  We’ve now got blinds on nearly all the windows, we have a fully insulated roof (and can no longer see the roof tiles), we have new radiators in all of the rooms and we have lots of working fireplaces.

The first was this one in the living room:

Then we fixed this one in our bedroom: 
IMG_0655And this week we were excited to have the latest one installed in the basement:  IMG_5889

It has really transformed the space and we’re so excited that we went for it after going back and forth for so long about whether it was worth it or not.  We’re probably going to paint the handle a walnut colour too but other than that it is all set up and ready to use.  We got it from The Harrogate Stove Company and the team there have been brilliant.  We’re actually excited about the temperature dropping so we have an excuse to use it!

We now just need to do the following to fully insulate this house:

  1. fix the living room blinds – as the ones in there are useless and provide no insulation
  2. hang a curtain by the front door to stop the draught coming in
  3. hang a blind on the top floor by the large window
  4. put some blinds up in the basement windows

About katerenovates

Hello and welcome to Kate Renovates - a blog about my attempts at renovation. The Husband and I have now been living in our house for four years and changes are being made slowly. It's an unloved Victorian townhouse that had been converted into two flats. Armed with a little bit of know-how and bags of enthusiasm, we have turned it back into one house and are transforming it into our home. Many of the original features remain but the flats had been rented out and so none of the rooms were in great shape. Luckily, it has a fully functioning kitchen and we recently finished the new bathroom and so things are getting more and more comfortable all the time. We're learning as we go and sharing our ups (and downs) on here as we try (fingers crossed) to bring the house back to life. I'd love to hear your thoughts on my blog or any tips you may have on our house project, so to contact me, please email
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