That shower head has really got to go – this is the second time this week that it’s come apart. It won’t be too hard to replace; I should mark it on my calendar for this weekend. In all honesty, though, I keep putting it off because the whole bathroom could do with an intensive makeover. Overall, it’s a bit of a flop.

I knew this when I bought the house, and I had it in the back of my mind that I’d need to renovate eventually. I’ve just been hoping to hold out for another year or so. But honestly, there’s only so long I can put up with bits of metal bonking me on the noggin mid-shower, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The tap have some serious issues; the hot tap gets jammed on a regular basis. Don’t even get me started on that crack in the bathtub… and where is the storage space?

Look, I’m not saying I’d bank on an old house like this having the best bathroom designer in Melbourne, but there’s a certain level of basic functionality that I’ve come to expect. That’s the risk you take when you manage to get a house cheaply, I suppose. I just need to suck it up and accept that, these days, a manageable mortgage means spending extra on renovations.

It’s not just the bathroom. The upstairs balcony definitely needs looking at; I wouldn’t encourage any house guests to go out on that thing. Then there’s the kitchen. At first I thought it was just a case of a few missing handles, but it turns out that several of the drawers don’t work properly due to collapsing cabinetry. Those green counter tops need to go, too. I suppose that if a bathroom renovation is on the cards, a designer kitchen installation isn’t that much of a stretch.

Anyway, I own this house now, so I might as well get busy making it my own – sooner rather than later. I feel like I might be ready to take the plunge into the world of home renovations.