Of course when you start to think about having building work done – be it a bathroom renovation or a full scale house extension – money is going to be top of the list of things to think about.
Having a Dad who is a builder / project manager by trade is a great bonus – we have had little to do with the day to day budgeting of the build. He told us what it would cost and that was that really.
But aside from the obvious costs like planning permission, skips, bricks and labour there are some hidden, unexpected costs . . .
Tea bags / coffee
I have never made so many brews in all my life! Anyone who knows me well knows I’m not very good at remembering to offer people a hot drink as I don’t drink them myself however this has all changed now! My top job during the build has been keeping anyone working on the build practically drowning in tea or coffee with the occasional biscuit.
If I’d known how many mugs were going to get broken over the last year or so I’d most certainly have invested in a whole lot of cheap mugs. We now have just enough mismatched mugs left to make a round of brews for a house full but only by the skin of our teeth! The majority of the mugs we got as part of our wedding dinner service have fallen by the wayside and unfortunately are no longer available so I’m on the look out for a new set!
Washing up liquid
On any given day of the week my washing up liquid was rarely by the sink anymore – it was usually to be found somewhere in the extension or on the garden wall! Apparently the brickies use it in the mortar to make it more pliable (who knew!?) and Dad uses it for fitting plastic pipe work to lubricate the joints. It’s clearly magical stuff!
Yes beer. Last summer when the main part of the building work took place I would say Dave was probably our drinking more regularly than he has ever managed since we became parents! A few beers in the pub round the corner or a full on session in town – drinking with your Father in Law can be an expensive business! (Especially when your Father in Law can drink like my Dad!)
As it stands our extension is almost finished and the pressure on my washing up liquid has abated! Now all the money is going on paint!