And the renovation begins…

The long awaited renovations have commenced… in the space of one week walls have been knocked down, walls have been built, fireplaces are being dug out and ceilings are being straightened out.  Our lovely new home which we moved into two weeks ago was not in the best state bless it.  It was clear it hadn’t had a lot of love in a very long time.  But there’s something quite comforting and nice about the idea of injecting lots of love and TLC into a beautiful house that is somewhat derelict…albeit expensive!

Some photos of the house so far…

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Believe it or not the stairs look better like this than they did with the rancid carpet that was covering them when we moved in!

 

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Plasterboards ready to be fixed to the wonky ceiling in the living room!

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Bathroom wall (sort of) knocked down!  This will be the walk in wardrobe we can enter into through the bedroom.  The bathroom is being re-plumbed into one of the other bedrooms which is bigger than the little nook it currently occupies…

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Possibly one of the most satisfying bits so far… these hideous wardrobes are now gone!!

I have been an avid Pinterest user for many years.  Whenever I had a stressful day I would lie back and start putting together my idea of our future dream home.  It always made me feel comforted and excited about what was yet to come.  However now that the time has come to ACTUALLY put ideas into action I’m a bit of a rambly, incoherent, indecisive mess!  My husband finds it bizarre how much of a struggle I am finding it to make all of these decisions.  And boy, there are a lot of decisions to make.. I don’t think I have ever in the entirety of my life had to make so many, even when we were planning our wedding!  It’s like I have been building towards this exciting time for so long that I don’t quite know what to do with myself now it’s here!  Every decision is so important and I like to put a lot of thought into each and every one.  However we have suddenly found ourselves having to make all of these big decisions quite quickly.  Literally every night this week hubby and I have been sat on our laptops from the moment we get home from work (absolutely knackered) until midnight trying to choose flooring, sinks, bath taps, sink taps, showers, cabinets, doors…. dear lord the list goes on!

Having said all of this, I could not have anticipated how happy and comfortable I would feel so soon in our new house.  I don’t even mind the fact I’m living on a demolition site!  I thought I would miss my old home, like a piece of me was missing (attachment issues?!) but I don’t.  Every time I come home from work and step inside our house I feel so proud and happy and I start to envision hopefully filling some of the rooms with children one day and…what I have always always yearned for…a pup!  In the next couple of months I am going make this happen.  Why not?  I’ve always wanted one and now is a good time having handed in my notice and taking a bit of a break.

So today I have the day off as I have to use up my annual leave before my last day.  Well I don’t have to but I would be a bit of a fool not to!  I’m going to head into Islington to pop into the Farrow and Ball shop to choose a paint colour for the bath.  Then onto the Cast Iron Bath Company to choose my long awaited roll top bath!!!  I will then pop into town to get an outfit for a wedding in a couple of weeks in bonny Scotland…brrrr.

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