With the lighter nights making an appearance it’s time that I would usually start to refresh things around the house. Although, what with the renovations…I think I need a smidge more than a spring clean to smarten up this house. Continue reading
Here we are…finally! The first in a series of home make-over posts for our forever home. First up it’s the en-suite (although don’t expect many differences from the main bathroom or downstairs toilet reveals!)
We moved in way back in June 2014 (you can catch the original home tour here). We bought for location, setting and potential. There wasn’t a single room that would be spared from our renovations (or much of the outside for that matter).
As you can see from the ‘before’ picture above, the en-suite was very wood inspired. With solid oak cabinets, laminate floor and mahogany stained skirting and door. The fittings themselves were in good order, but not to our taste. The original builder stays just down the road and bought back everything we took out and has even got a bid in for the kitchen.
The layout of the room was a bit silly. I could think of various layouts that wouldn’t have made the shower enclosure look so awkward and squeezed in. Ofcourse this position made is difficult to access the cabinets at that end of the room.
We decided a bath would make best use of the space and even though we don’t plan to move, I’m always thinking about adding value. We tiled the bath panel in the same tiles as the wall, to add a bit more colour to the room.
All the bathroom furniture, including earthstone counter and gloss cabinets are from B&Q. We found that their Cook & Lewis range was good quality and affordable. I would always recommend that you find a fitter yourself. That is where they become expensive. They wanted £9,000 for labour alone for all 3 rooms. We found a fitter for £5,000. Little touches such as soft close hinges, a shower screen that opens fully against the wall and even the soft close toilet seat all help to just finish the room off.
We sourced tiles from Topps Tiles and finished them off with a light grey grout. I think this looks great against the colours and is easier to maintain than white grout.
We kept the original towel rail and shower, as they were good quality and it would have been expensive to replace with a similar pressure shower.
The taps are also from B&Q and I love the square edge to them, as they go well with the sink.
Decoration wise I’m still not 100% finished. It’s currently looking a bit twee to me. So I want to get more industrial looking soap dispensers and nik naks and even change the colour of the paint on the wall (never happy!) I’d say we are 95% there, but we have moved onto the kitchen now, so it will have to wait. Until then, I am happy that we have lost the wood.
So what do you think? It’s missing something…just not quite sure what.
Well after moving into our forever home at the end of June and having a plumber round the very next week, it has taken until now to finally have the work started. I am over the moon to finally make a start in renovating this house from top to bottom. We bought it for the shell and the location, the place was always going to be ripped apart.
WARNING:-If the sight of wood, wood and more wood hurts your eyes, avert them now!
Living here for 3 months now, has bothered me hugely. Putting up with other peoples decor choices day in, day out (ok, so it’s magnolia, nothing ghastly) But the dark wood, light wood, any wood….it’s everywhere and the matching kitchen and bathrooms were too woody. I had completely lost my cleaning mojo. No amount of cleaning was gone to feel good enough.
First things first, it’s the main bathroom, ensuite and downstairs loo/shower. I have opted for double ended baths, white gloss handle-less units and a white stone countertop. I can’t wait to see it finished! (Don’t fret the oak doors already have a home, with a local builder).
I’ve been really stuck for tile ideas. Both of the bathrooms are quite small, so large high polished tiles are out. With the pitched ceilings too, it doesn’t leave much room above the counter top (before the wall becomes ceiling), which we need to be mindful of. One row of tiles here looks so bad.
I had considered subway tiles for this area, but as we are tiling the bath panels, it’ll be too much subway tiles (having turned to pinterest for inspiration).
All I know is all 3 will look identical (minus the bath in the downstairs loo) and it marks the start of ”forever home revamp’.
The following week, the decorator starts on Munch’s bedroom (inspiration here) and it really feels like a weight lifted to schedule work in.
Still the woodwork to paint, internal doors to change, decor throughout, kitchen & utility and flooring to go (oh my!) Oh and the outside needs modernising. Next year will hopefully see new windows and external doors (last of the dark wood) and the stonework needs a good brightening up.
Stay tuned for the reveals!
Well, I’ve been mentioning it for what feels like forever. We have finally moved house! Now I apologise in advance if this post is a bit rambled with ideas, but I wanted to show you the whole place as it is now.
After just over 3 years in our house, we finally had enough. I absolutely loved the location of our house (in fact our previous house before it was just across the street). However, I could no longer take the inconsideration of the surrounding neighbours. The noise levels, the kids out playing until silly o’clock and some moron with a Halfords exhaust thinking he was Mr Big. It all got too much and it was stressing me out.
We’ve moved a lot in the last 10 years, but we decided to go balls out and find our forever house this time. The menu was simple(ish):
- Remote, but within 10mins of our current town (so we didn’t have to change Munch’s nursery)
- Few/No neighbours. Or at least enough space that we could escape any fag smoke!
We didn’t have a timescale on moving and given this was our forever home, we though we better at least keep an eye out. But we were lucky to find something that ticked most of the boxes and after one nail biting closing date (of which we were the only bidder) we got our forever home!
We have 2 immediate neighbours (who are far enough away that they don’t bother us) and a third neighbour at the end of the lane.
The garden will need a bit of getting used to! We have never had plants before! It’s nice to look at, but I fear for the upkeep of it and if I’m honest, I long for something a bit more simple and modern…but it’ll need to wait, as the house comes first!
The new house is a converted farmhouse, which was renovated 7 years ago. Although, I’ll be changing as much as a can for the budget I have! There is so much wood in that kitchen, I feel like I need to restore my carbon footprint! Their ‘pantry’ (bottom right in the picture above) is crying out to be made into a cute little office space.
As you can see, it’s rather magnolia and brown throughout and ‘matchy matchy’ kitchen, utility room and bathrooms (oh and a desk in one of the bedrooms that also matches…job lot?!). But the house has some great feature fireplaces and spacious rooms (coming from a background of new builds). So besides kitchen and bathrooms, the decor should be easily updated (watch this space for room transformations!)
We moved in just over a week ago and so far I’m loving the peace and quiet. If anything, it’s us making all the noise! It adds 20 minutes to my daily commute, but it’s worth it. The extra distance lets me unwind and once I get here, it feels like a little retreat.
Getting to grips with the 1mbps broadband so far (as a blogger, this makes me hyperventilate!). Browsing online is fine. I’m only noticing a difference when downloading a movie on Sky. Where it was instant before, it can take 10 minutes to say ‘available’ and I dare say we’d catch up with it whilst downloading, so we leave it an hour to fully download. We just need to get in to the habit of downloading the night before. We aren’t ‘netflix’ or ‘on demand’ people, so we can make do.
So that’s you shown round! I’m excited to bring you more room tours as we complete each room and also I’ll be looking for some gardening tips too, as we know nothing!
Continuing on with the home tour. Time to show you my little area of calm, so cue the home office room tour.
This is the smallest room in the house and is a little bit of a glorified cupboard if I’m honest. After all, it has no windows! So given this, it really wasn’t much use for anything else other than an office.
This has to be the most neutral room in the house. If you are a regular reader, you’ll know I had grand plans for the home office. But with the move happening tomorrow, those plans will have to be executed in the new place!
What I Love About This Room
I love the furniture in this room, although far too big for the space. Not sure if it’ll make the cut. As the office in the new house will be in what is currently their pantry!