Today, the high cost of moving house, with all the entailed and escalating costs involved, is making many people take a long hard look at their present property.
This may suit them very well in most aspects but possibly the full potential has not been realized and utilized to maximum effect. By looking at problem areas both realistically and imaginatively, answers can be found, and we hope to explore the possibilities of making changes to existing properties the subject of featured articles. A closely related problem is that encountered by someone moving into a property which is suitable in most respects but having one aspect which demands immediate modification. How this was solved in one instance is shown in this issue and is a classic example of “putting a quart into a pint pot”. It underlines the dramatic change which can be affected for in these days a reasonable outlay, plus quite a bit of hard work! As always it pays to look carefully at the problem and to thoroughly work out as many of the details and take note of possible snags in advance. The ultimate saving, plus the sense of achievement when the work is satisfactorily completed, makes the whole job well worthwhile.
If, incidentally, you are contemplating starting a project in this category and provided that you can take black and white photographs of all stages of construction as well as ‘before and after” shots and hopefully colour transparencies (not colour prints) we may be interested. A reasonable synopsis of how the work progressed and the amounts of materials used, plus some sketches, can also help in assessing the possible value of a submitted article.
With the indications all pointing to tough times ahead, it makes sense not only to maintain our property but to explore its potential to the full. Practical Householder has always aimed to help in these areas and the problems we encounter in our own projects, and our solutions often found the hard way we hope will smooth the path for our readers.