Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Don,COt Let Things End in Tears

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Don,COt Let Things End in Tears

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CHOOSING an architect is a bit like choosing a life partner. Without the dating.

ItCOs a weird sort of set up. You meet them once, or maybe twice, and then sign up to having them spend a pretty penny on your behalf. At least you get to live in the results, and hopefully they will be beautiful.

Since moving into our house two months ago weCOve had a conga line of tradies, architects, hot water people, curtain hawkers and general handymen traipse through. ThatCOs what you get for buying an old place.

ItCOs exciting on one hand. On the other itCOs leaving me with a slight headache and a racing heart from the panic of watching the bank balance diminish, and the lingering question of: C[pounds sterling]Are the choices weCOre making now actually good, and will we be happy with them in a few years?C[yen]

Of course, the house was quite liveable and could have been left as it was, especially after the initial peeling back of the 60-year-old wallpaper and riddance of the acres of lace curtains and soft green paint.

But humans are creators. We like to fiddle. We just canCOt help ourselves. ItCOs like a primary urge within us. As an agent told me this week, itCOs a bit like a dog marking its territory. Crass? Yes. True? Probably yes as well.

TodayCOs challenge is clearing out the back corner of overgrown trees to fit the biggest water tank that we can. All 37,000litres of it.

Sounds big but itCOs not actually large enough to supply a whole house all year. WeCOd die of thirst midway through summer if we had to rely upon it solely, so the plan is to plumb it to the house and fit a pump that switches back to mains water supply when the tank level drops low enough.

The bank balance might be giving me a headache at night, but today itCOs the roar of the chainsaws and the thunder of the tree chipper.

But ICOm sure the remaining trees will be happy that theyCOll now get a decent drink when water restrictions inevitably crank up again once weCOre out of this rainy weather pattern.

But back to choosing architects, or other suppliers. YouCOre often told you should get at least three quotes. It couldnCOt be more true.

Once youCOve been visited by the magic three, itCOs easy to see who has the best knowledge, could be the nicest to deal with, or provide the better value for money. …

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