7 Things I've Learnt During My Renovation Project

DIY renovation project
(Image credit: Natasha Brinsmead)

Despite writing on the subject of renovating and building homes for over 20 years both for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine as well as many other titles – and growing up in a string of renovation projects carried out by my parents – I still wasn't prepared for what living in our own project would be like.

We lived in our house for the entirety of the renovation project and carried out much of the work ourselves and, while I certainly don't want to put anyone considering doing the same off the idea, I do want to prepare you.

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.