When we bought our little quirky home that had been my dream home for many years I was dazzled by the views, location, and huge garden. I never once thought about how impractical the house was for us, I loved it so it didn’t matter that we didn’t have a garage, or a utility or a spare room!
I suppose those are things you can learn to live without when you wake up every morning and look out of the window at the view. You see to me the view makes not having as much space as we used to something I am prepared to live with.
And as predicted the older the boys have got the less stuff they have needed. We are no longer a home covered in toys, just a few old favourites such as Playmobil and Lego. It really does feel like the house gets a little bigger every year.
But sometimes it’s the little things that are frustrating. Having a very quirky home means doors and windows are very odd dimensions, and only having 2 normal windows upstairs, all the rest are VELUX windows, when a brand designs a range of bedding, they never have coordinating blinds do they? And our huge bay window in the lounge does not fit regular curtains or blinds. They have to be specially made, which costs a small fortune.
When I first saw the VELUX windows fitted neatly in to the roof my heart sang, they are so unique looking, they are such a great source of light. I love lying in the bath and seeing the stars twinkling though the window, it is so relaxing.
However when we first moved in I was terrified of Joe falling out of the windows. He is like a monkey and it is so easy to climb on a step and be at waist height with an open window, thankfully I found that you could get roof window locks that restrict how far the windows can be opened. I really feel these make the windows so much safer with little ones. You can leave the window slightly open safe in the knowledge that the VELUX window is safe, secure and monkey proof.
Another godsend is blackout blinds; Joe was always an early riser. Thankfully all that has changed, but he still needs complete darkness to fall asleep, and stay asleep. Blackout blinds from VELUX blinds seriously are a must when you have little ones for whom sleep is an inconvenience.
And we all know the pain of the clocks going forward in the summer? When it’s too light to sleep! When the birds are still singing so it can’t possibly be bedtime. Instant darkness at bedtime for Joe means sleep; it still does even though he is now 10. It’s almost like his brain has been conditioned to sleep as soon as its dark, hoorah, Jack never needed sleep!
Dressed properly with black-out blinds and with great safety accessories such a window safety locks, quirky features such as VELUX windows in the bedrooms need not be a concern in a child’s room, it’s all about doing a bit of research and planning. And whilst we are talking about safety, I love the fact that roof blinds do not have hanging cords or pull strings as I really do have a huge fear of cords on blinds. Irrational I know! But I feel much safer in the knowledge that the blinds are spring-loaded and safe.