Home Renovation ‘Before’ Part 1

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As I mentioned last week, I’ve gathered a few of the photos of the house when we viewed it in March… these are well and truly wonderful ‘before’ photos…

The house itself was built in the early 1910s by a local carpenter as his own home. Thankfully it retains a lot of original features like the sash and case windows, ornate fireplace and a lot of the doors. A decent sized extension, which houses the utility, kitchen, back bedroom and bathroom, was added in the late 1980s – which is basically when the whole house was last redecorated.

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I’ll lead you through the house starting with the utility with it’s faded diagonal 1980s wallpaper…

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Now into what we call either the green room or the other room… somewhat nameless room that we use as a dining room, so I suppose we should call it that… anyway. There is a ‘dining dookit’ with a hatch as you can see above… and below is the view of the rest of the room from there.  Other than the antique hoover, dead armchair and dodgy lighting it is a lovely spacious, light room.

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We go through the second door in the green room to get to the front hallway.  This leads to the stairs, porch, archway and blue room.

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The arch takes you on a loop back through the house to the kitchen (beside the utility…) There is a lovely stained glass door in the middle of it all which we’re hoping to restore.

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The blue room would have been the ‘posh’ sitting room back in the day. It has a beautiful fireplace and intricate cupboard doors.  We got rid of the gas fire and it’s now really cosy with a proper fire on.

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Our porch is a late 1980s addition and is currently used as a sort of shed… We will be very glad to cheer it up and put in some seating.  Mr P has started on some tongue and groove panelling which looks really good.

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The landing has a skylight and two cupboards which is very handy and has a door to a secret surprise… so called because you can walk past said door without noticing!

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The first bedroom upstairs is the master bedroom if you may. The wallpaper looks worse in photos than real life… either that or I’m getting used to it! Haha! It still looks exactly the same only with furniture.

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I actually laughed out loud when I first saw this room. We call it the secret room and have absolutely no idea what to do with it… any suggestions welcome!!

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The second bedroom upstairs is going to be DJ and EJ’s room when it’s done up.  This is the room we’ve been stripping the paper off if you follow me on instagram (I’m @kathellemacleod if you want to keep up with our progress!). The plan is to paint it over the Christmas holidays…

So as you can see, we have a lot to do but it will be so worth it in the long run. The wee ones are delighted to have the extra space and a garden of their own.

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Part 2 will have some photos from outside including the garden etc. and the kitchen, bathroom (pink suite!) and the back bedroom.

What do you think? I think we are slightly mad but we’re loving it! Once in a lifetime opportunity…

About Kathelle

Hallo! I'm Kathelle, happily married to Mr P. and mum to DJ, EJ and LJ. I am on a mission for a handmade, homemade home! In my (not so plentiful!) spare time I love to sew, watch Jane Austen films and, occasionally, I get some baking done!

One thought on “Home Renovation ‘Before’ Part 1

  1. Of course it actually looks much better in these photos than it did after the water was turned back on 🙂 You’ve come a long way since then though…

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