Having become a homeowner in the past 12 months, and spending more time at home than usual, I’m beginning to think about home improvements (when it is safe to do so). Specifically, we’d like to do two things:
Knock through the wall between the living room and playroom and put in a large (more than double) doorway
Landscape the garden - extend the patio, build a slightly raised bark chipping play area, have someone professional put some input into the design to make most use of light/space/aesthetics.
I know we could save money by doing more if the latter ourselves but we are (relatively) time-poor and cash-rich and not at all handy!
With the wall, where do we start? Do we call a builder first, or a surveyor? I’ve never done anything like this before and feel very out of my depth. The most extensive dealings I’ve had with tradepeople (in a professional context) is calling a plumber to trace and fix a leaking toilet cistern. We live in the South East of England. How much should we save up before we start contacting people for quotes etc?