It is exactly four weeks since we completed on the new house and due to monetary constraints (the funds haven’t materialised yet – which is pretty constraining in anyone’s book), we have been forced to mull over ideas and ‘dreams’ for the new house.
This has been a most productive period in terms of the general direction in which we want to head with the renovation project and some of my more grandiose schemes have been shelved but less expensive and hopefully greener alternatives have emerged as the front runners.
So, instead of having a beautiful oak framed conservatory from Prime Oak – check out their inspirational website at http://www.primeoak.co.uk ; we agreed over a cup of coffee at The Ropewalk this afternoon that we would get a local architect to draw up plans for a similar extension. Going with the green and local ideals this would seem to sit much more easily with our whole aim to create a greener home. This particular insight hit us forcefully earlier today when we were investigating the price of solar panels – as I had been contacted by The Big Green company on the telephone we thought we would make an appointment with one of their surveyors to look at No. 9. We were shocked to discover that the price for similar LG PV panels would be twice as expensive as the ones we had put on the family house last September; this spurred us into action and we will be contacting the local Grimsby firm, Solar 365, who supplied and fitted them with a view to purchasing similar ones for No. 9. We were very pleased with the work and professionalism of the people at 365 and would recommend them to anyone who lives in North Lincolnshire – http://www.365solar.co.uk.
It is always well to do your homework before committing funds, as we have just found out – there is a great variation in costs! I will be providing some excellent links to help with this minefield very shortly, so watch out and please contribute your knowledge and experience with the solar industry. I will also be incorporating an ongoing spreadsheet showing the costs of this project; it will include everything from the essential to the trivial or bizarre! Keep following us – more photos next time.