Quirks of the new house

We have been in our new house one week now, and are getting to know it.  Some of its “features” were obvious from the start – the hole in one ceiling where the gutter leak came in, the low height of the basement roof, the circa 1972 decor.  Other features are becoming apparent over time.  So far we have….

– a toilet with 3 separate leaks

– a kitchen sink which drains at about 100ml per minute, even after sink unblocker has done its work

– secondary glazing fitted so you can’t reach the opening latch for the primary glazing

– hot water so hot it literally boils as it comes out of the tap

– doors that won’t shut

– a beautiful fireplace boxed away behind louvre doors from the 80s

– a carpet so dirty it filled half a dyson with dust AFTER it had been steam cleaned

– windows that need “encouragement” to open from a block of wood and a hammer

– 3 telephone socket boxes, none of which work

– a telephone wire so old that the BT engineer took one look and immediately ordered a replacement wire from the pole to the outside of the house.  Apparently the pin at the exchange hasn’t been touched in many a year either!


Oh, the joys of a listed building.  We keep repeating the mantra “it has a lot of potential” over and over again.  Because potential is what a building has when it doesn’t have much else worthy of noting but is still structurally sound!


About ilove10

Here I spew forth my musings on being a mum to 2 boys, on faith, life, premature birth, child development and buying a fixer-upper Grade II listed house. Welcome! My older son has an expressive communication delay, we use Makaton signing as well as speech. He is very interested in numbers and letters. Recently we were practising expressing emotions by signing “I love…” and he volunteered “I love 10″, hence the name of this blog.
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2 Responses to Quirks of the new house

  1. This post requires pictures!

  2. ilove10 says:

    aah, yes… this house needs broadband too, not sure I can upload photos on this conection.

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