We had grand plans when we moved in to our country home in 2014. We promptly set about tearing the inside out of the house, ordering the kitchen and bathrooms and immediately set about a top to toe renovation. I was going to inject a bit of modern industrial into this 18th century farmhouse and give it a new lease of life.
We very quickly finished the upstairs and with the downstairs left to do, we decided to continue with our family plans and try for baby number 2 in January 2015 (knowing full well that I have quite the debilitating pregnancies). The big decisions were done, big purchases made, my being ill would not be a problem…and then BOOM…the industry that our entire home city depends upon started to crumble. Oil prices hit the deck and both our jobs were looking a bit risky.
It was around this time I found out I was pregnant. Before I was even back to work from my morning sickness hospitalisation, I had already been cut to a 3 day week (which suited me, as I felt so awful). But this meant that those plans to finish the house before the baby arriving were put on hold indefinitely.
Plans were made to finish the upstairs and even though we had bought the kitchen and utility, it set up home in the living room. It was so frustrating. We had already outlaid the big sums for the kitchen and there it was packed away, as we simply couldn’t afford to install it. Hubs was great though, he set about selling all the spare things we had left from the upstairs renovation. The old doors, the old bathrooms and even found a buyer for our old kitchen. He clubbed enough together to pay to install the kitchen and even finish off the living room….yippee!
Although I had since been made redundant, our thrifty renovation continues on…He is selling the flooring we are lifting up, the curtains from the old house…everything you could possibly imagine. We are finally going to get the inside of this house finished this year and I just can’t wait!
Work is already underway (excuse the photos…I’m not sure how to make a building site look photogenic!) The old kitchen and utility has been ripped out (we made a saving here by getting the buyer to come and remove it). The wall separating the dining kitchen from what we used as a playroom is next to be removed. Giving us a big open plan kitchen, dining and living area, which will be our day to day living space. We will be getting rid of the last of the red wood skirtings and door frames throughout and replacing them with white ones. The front and back halls will be refloored and decorated. Finally the living room will be carpeted (currently cold laminate flooring) and decorated.
Our renovation plans are by no means over though. We had grand plans to install new windows and external doors (they are red wood too…weep), replace the brown guttering and fascias and even re-render the new part of the house in a modern smooth off white render.
This, however, is on hold. I honestly can’t imagine us ever having the funds to carry out this work and complete our forever home. But I am grateful that despite the events that developed in 2015, we are finishing the interior. I can’t wait to show you!