Author Archives: Jenni Collins

Have you built in enough storage?

It’s been six years now since we moved into our self-built house. Seasons come and seasons go, and as I get my cold weather clothes out ready for a windy West Berkshire winter, I realise once again that we still need more storage. You might have thought that as Mr Clark and I had a hand in the design of our own house build that we would have come up with ingenious storage solutions. Sadly we haven’t as yet. Those built in wardrobes and cupboards still haven’t manifested but are at the top of my list. Mr Clark is thinking about upgrading his raised vegetable beds. I am thinking I would like to get my clothes off that temporary rail in the spare room.

Top tip* If you are building a house, think about storage and build it into your budget at the start. If you don’t ,you might find that a moth has eaten your best Karen Millen Jacket because it somehow found its way out of the clothes storage bag under your bed and has been decimated, or even in this case desiccated and has had to be put in the bin … or as Mr Clark helpfully suggested, ‘don’t have stuff’.

cropped-mudmarriage-book-cover-04The book is at the printers and will be available soon. Get the Launchpad ready!

Are you just about to embark on a self-build?

After three months of editing, proofreading and formatting, I am nearly ready to send off for my proof copy of the book –phew! Who knew the amount of work that goes into producing a book after you’ve written it?  Not me. I do now.

What colour paper to go for, cream or white?  Cream looks more like a novel and less like a text book. Cream it is then, but apparently it will expand my spine width.

My sister-in-law Catherine has been doing a fabulous job with formatting the text and pictures and guiding me through the self-publishing process, and my sister Kate has designed a magnificent book cover. This is my first blog, and is coming to you only because of the help of my good friend and social media guru Jenni Collins. I am really lucky to have such talented friends and family to help me on my way.

Are you just about to embark on a self-build?  If you are, I am truly envious. I would do it all again tomorrow, albeit with a limitless budget!  But for now I have to think about a venue to launch Mud & Marriage – A Housebuilding Adventure. Another dilemma, although not as tricky as choosing which tiles to buy for a newly battened roof.

Canapés and champagne, or cheese twists and chardonnay?  Yet again it’s a budget issue. We’ll see. I will just want to celebrate the fact that I have a finished copy of the book in my hand, and that I can share it with the world.

Happy days.