Christmas is here again. So, where did that year go? 2020 has been a very strange year indeed; full of highs and lows. There have been too many sad stories to mention, but, we have all witnessed some truly heart-warming acts of kindness and generosity. We will never forget clapping for our carers and the amazing Captain Sir Tom. Throughout this year, businesses and individuals have been forced to adapt and we have become Zoom addicts, lounge exercisers and rediscovered baking and arts and crafts. Here we are at Christmas and it’s almost comforting to be embarking on the annual rituals and routines of the festive period, but they aren’t without their struggles. Here’s to fixing your Christmas house frustrations!

WHY DOES CHRISTMAS ALWAYS WANT TO MAKE ME RENOVATE AND REWIRE MY HOUSE?

A memory from childhood is my parents fighting with a web of lights, only to discover once they’d untangled them that there wasn’t a nearby power point to plug them into. Does this sound familiar? Anchoring cables under furniture and rugs is never ideal and overloading extension leads can often end in a very big bang! Why is it that there’s never a socket where you need one? But this is just the start of the Christmas house frustrations.

CHRISTMAS ALWAYS MAKES ME WANT AN EXTENSION ON MY HOUSE

Lack of power was always the first frustration in our home, inevitably followed by a Zedbed fiasco. The maths problem involving more people than beds is a common one and normally results in self-collapsing camp beds, sweaty self-deflating pump-up beds and temporary beds made from a random collection of cushions and garden furniture. More people than beds and not enough bedrooms is a problem that’s likely to make you yearn for a little more space in your home.

IT FEELS LIKE WE’RE TRYING TO FEED A PLATOON WITH JUST A CAMPING STOVE

Fridge Jenga is an age-old Christmas game. How to fit two months’-worth of food in one fridge? The interesting attempt to find an answer can involve stripping out the fridge fittings and packing in what you’ve bought as if you’re playing a game of Jenga. When you still can’t fit it all in, there’s always the garden – it is winter after all. Here’s hoping we don’t have a mild Yuletide. If we do, it could be followed by a mild dose of food poisoning…

If the refrigeration situation hasn’t knocked the Christmas spirit out of you, let’s take it up to a whole new level: the joys of attempting to fit a four-course dinner for 16 into just the one oven. Suddenly, an Australian-style BBQ sounds like a jolly good idea.

CHRISTMAS HOUSE FRUSTRATIONS: AN EXTENSION PLUS HOME RENOVATION IS MY NEW YEAR RESOLUTION

After lockdown, your house likely feels too small, your kitchen crowded and you’re spending increasing amounts of time queuing for your own bathroom. It might be time to have stern words with your house: “One of us has to change and it’s not going to be me!”

WE CAN HELP YOU WITH YOUR EXTENSION AND RENOVATION

If all the above sounds familiar, it may be time to make home renovation your New Year’s resolution. As soon as the in-law’s tail lights have disappeared around the corner, call us! We’re here to help and can assist you in overhauling your home to turn your dreams into realities.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and healthy and happy New Year from A Mann Building Contractors.

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