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Friday, 9 June 2017

Renovating a House (Part 2)

Part 2 The nice bit, dressing the house.

We have renovated a number of properties over the years, all to varying degrees and we have lived in them all. 
We purchased this 3 bedroomed detached house in 2013 it was a cash purchase and took 11 weeks to complete. During the 11 weeks we started planning, arranging people to do some of the work.  I typed out the gas and electric specs and put them out for pricing.  I planned the bathroom and kitchen on graph paper and sought the best price for everything. Hubby wanted this house to be open plan and modern, so we had the additional complication of building regulations as walls needed to be demolished.  Luckily he has a friend who is a surveyor and he did the load calculations for the steels to replace the walls.  Hubby made the 2 RSJ's and the steel post which had to be sunk into the ground 2 feet on a concrete pad to take the weight of the upstairs. Another friend erected the steels with hubby helping, then we took over the work.

The photos of 'before' come from the Estate Agents particulars.
Dining Room

Lounge

Kitchen
These 3 rooms, lounge, dining room and kitchen became open plan. The back door of the kitchen was bricked up.  The rear bay window to the lounge was  removed and large French door fitted to lead to a new conservatory. This really allowed light into the house.






The house faces south and the conservatory was an important addition as the heat it produces in the winter is fantastic. Its lovely to sit in 23 degrees in February.


Apart from the green very warped from door the hall way was kept virtually the same.  The larger under stairs cupboard became a cloakroom with the aid of a short profile toilet which in turn allowed us to knock down the wall between the toilet and bathroom allowing a large shower, bath, sink and toilet, a really good family bathroom. 
The two doorways were bricked up giving vital wall space to the kitchen and lounge areas.

Hubby lovingly replaced all the doors, I remember him cutting down a £100 door to make the weird shaped under stairs  cupboard door. He is very clever.
The laminate floor was laid throughout the entire lower floor, its so easy to clean and hardwearing. A cloakroom always adds value to a property so if you can add one. 


I love my bathroom a  far cry from what was here, no bath a simple wet room.

 There is a large shower, modern roll top bath and vanity unit. Large heated towel
 rail that I hate only because its shows every mark!
I'm sorry the photos don't do the house justice and I hope you can see the changes that have taken place.  Lastly the garden.




The bedrooms have had fitted wardrobes added as I'm a storage warrior, I believe its very important. (The Schreiber wardrobes were in yesterdays post)  Storage sells a house. That's why we transformed the workshop which was added to the garage by the previous owner into additional storage without compromising the garage.  

We don't know what the house is worth now all the renovations are almost complete. And we would have probably made some money not doing a thing to it but this is presently our home and we love it here...............that is until we see a renovation that's crying out to be done! Bye for now. Tx

14 comments:

  1. Well all I can say is well done to you both you have done a fantastic job in such a short space of time, it all looks so nice, love it, xx

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    1. Thanks Marlene. It was needs must at the start of our marriage but now we sort of enjoy it! 😱

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  2. great renovation, well done. You are very brave undertaking all those renovations.

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    1. Thanks Maureen. Brave or stupid a little of both I think. But what doesn't kill you makes you stronger! Tx

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  3. It looks fantastic. Very modern and light and airy. How long did it take you to complete all the work? We have two things in common btw, I hang my bag on a dining room chair as well and I'm not keen on my towel rail for the same reason as you. xx

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    1. It took 6 months for the majority of the house work to be done. We had a tenant wanting to get in the rental property we bought. We had a break for a couple of months then started on the garden which took 18 months on and off. As you know there's always something to do when you own a house!

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  4. Just lovely! One can tell that you and your husband put your heart into the renovations.

    God bless.

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    1. Thanks Jackie. We are both perfectionist which can be draining! Tx

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  5. A lovely and well thought out renovation project. You have completely transformed it. I have the same problem with my towel rail-it drives me mad. X

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    1. Thanks Jules as I've said, we did it out of necessity at the start of our married life. The chrome looks lovely but it shows Evey mark. Grrrr Tx

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  6. What an amazing difference. Your home is so light and welcoming now! Some folks try to calculate everything in terms of added value, but I agree with you. It's your home and being happy with your living space is priceless.

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    1. Thank you Leigh. I don't think I could renovate for a living it's too personal.

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