4/14/2014

Our home - Renovating and Decorating


Three months later we are still waiting to sign on that dotted line for our first home. The house we have bought needs a lot of renovating and decorating and is definitely a work in progress. This being said it makes us want to get in and start the work as soon as possible, the wait has been such a pain. Each week that passes is a week we could be in there and starting on the numerous jobs that need to be done. 

I am going to be blogging all about our house. From interior idea posts through to before and after shots. I'm going to be blogging every step of the way. I think it will be great to look back on where we began. 

Here is the list of jobs that need to be done:

Central heating. The house has no central heating so we need to have a boiler set up and the whole system installed. Thankfully we have a gas engineer in the family who is going to do this at cost. 

Room move around. The bathroom is rather large compared to the second bedroom so we are going to switch the two rooms around. We are having the bathroom in the second bedroom and the second bedroom in the bathroom. This isn't a huge job but again thankfully we have someone in the family who is going to do this for us. Both rooms will then need to be decorated.

New kitchen. The kitchen is okay but bright red. Not my thing. We are currently trying to decide on which kitchen to go for and then we are having the kitchen measured up, designed and fitted. We are finding it so hard to decide on which to go for. 

New bathroom. After the two rooms have been switched around we are having a new bathroom fitted as the one that is in now is Avocado green! We have just bought a three piece bathroom suite off a local buying page on facebook, of all places. It was a bargain at just £150. It's a large white bath, sink, toilet, over bath shower and they even included a free mirror. I want the entire bathroom tiling, floor and walls. We need to decide between a sandy coloured tile or black. Both looks I love.  

Decorating. Our bedroom needs redecorating cause at the minute it has a dated bright green floral wallpaper and green carpet! I am thinking of going for neutral colours and just adding pops of colour's here and there. Noah's bedroom also needs decorating once the rooms have been switched around. He currently has a warm yellow bedroom in this house and I am contemplating whether to have the same colour scheme again or just do something different. The front room also needs decorating too but the back room is okay, for now. A long long list of decorating needs to be done but thankfully we have lots of help and I am a dab hand at painting. 

Expanding. We are contemplating knocking the entrance corridor wall through to extend the front room. We need to have another look at the house before we decide to do this. We are still unsure. 

Front garden. The front yard is a good size and at the minute is graveled with a little path. I want to keep the path but lay down a lawn so then Noah has somewhere to play when he is a little bigger. 

Back yard. Unfortunately we don't have a garden but a small back yard and there are numerous little outhouses out there. I want them all knocking down and perhaps decking the entire back yard rather than have slabs. I am trying to utilise the space in the best way that we can. This is a job that can be done futher down the line as there is no rush for this.

Attic conversion. We have been discussing the possibility of building up into the attic to give us another bedroom. The neighbours have done this too so hopefully it can be done. We would need planning permission of course. This is a future job rather than a job that needs to be done straight away. 

As you can see there is a lot to be done and it is so overwhelming when I look at this list. We are just going to take it one step at a time and try not to let it swallow us up! We are fortunate that we have so much help from our family.




13 comments:

  1. It looks gorgeous, hope you're able to get in and start work soon. Good luck in all your future home improvements :) x

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  2. I love house projects and makeovers so look forward to seeing how you get on. It looks a gorgeous house. I like the more Shaker style kitchen so the bottom one for me :)

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    1. Hope to see you around! Any tips would be appreciated! I have just followed your blog! x

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  3. i love the top kitchen :) i cant wait to read your renovation posts!

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    1. Thank you love! I can't wait to get started! x

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  4. I'm so incredibly jealous! I'm dying to buy our first house but there are so many things stopping us at the minute. Thought I'd mention, we have black tiles on the bathroom floor of our house right now and hate it. They show up every spec of dust, hair and dirt. Even half an hour after cleaning it. Maybe something to think about.

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    1. Thank you Sam. We've been renting for the past 5 years so it was about time we saved and got on the property ladder. Thanks so much for the tip with the black tiles, I totally didn't think of that! I am now 100% avoiding black tiles! They would be a nightmare!! Thank you x

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  5. The bottom kitchen is lovely, I love the wooden worktops! Can't wait to see your updates, we're finding it hard to find the right house so will be lovely to watch you turn yours into a home while we do!

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    1. Thanks Victoria. We've decided to go for a different kitchen. It's a white one with wooden work surfaces though. Love that look. x

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  6. You must be in the boat beside me! Also waiting to sign. Also lots to do which i hope to blog about. I blog at http://mydaysni.com maybe we can inspire each other. I love the white kitchen as it looks so fresh!

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    1. Hi there! I shall pop over and follow now! It's so exciting isn't it and also very scary x

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  7. Love the white kitchen. Exciting times. xxx

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