Four years ago we viewed our house, in a sleepy helmet on the border of Hampshire and Wiltshire, for the very first time and OMG it looked like a bomb had hit with full force.
It was disgustingly dirty and needed lots and lots of work, to make it anything near the level we were use to living.
Even my Mark my Hubby, who is a qualified tradesman wanted to turn around and walk out the door but in truth we had no other option than to take it and make it our home.
Over the last few years we have slowly been doing what we can on the smallest of budgets to make it feel like home rather than a somewhere we rest our heads.
Our biggest project has been the garden which hopefully will be finished later this year or maybe into next.with the weather the way it is at the moment, it’s looking like next year. 🥺
We have only got two more sections to perfect and hopefully we can relax next summer in nice surroundings. Fingers crossed for a nice long, hot summer. ☀️
Inside we have painted a few rooms, built cupboards, just generally tidied things up a little.
In our lounge/front room we have opened up the chimney breast and fitted a log burner, even making our own hearth out of crushed glass and cement and polishing it. It turned out pretty damn well, if I do say so myself.
Mark also made a office/photo editing area, out of scaffolding planks, which I love.
The front room is dark though so when the sun shines through the large window, I do actually like this room even more so on cold winter days, when the logs crackle, candles burn and the smell of stew and dumplings make our mouths water. It almost feels like home.
What’s missing I’m not sure but it’s not quite there on the homely front.
The flooring we put down the day we got our keys, now needs replacing but that will have to wait until funds allow. It really doesn’t pay to do things on the cheapest of budgets, especially flooring as they just don’t last the test of time and the hecticness of family life and fur babies.
If you need to spend more money on one area of your home, it has to be on flooring without a shadow on a dealt. 💷
As for our kitchen, it’s had a few coats of paint and is about liveable. The tiles need ripping off and units need reorganising to make it flow A little better. It’s long and narrow and just doesn’t work at the moment.
I’ll admit I have inexpensive big plans for the kitchen but once again it will have to wait.⚒
Off of the kitchen, we have a utility room/boot room, which was beyond ugly. It’s now my favourite room in the house.
You’ll have to pop back, real soon, to find out all about it and see a few pics. I truly do love this little space.
Upstairs we have three bedrooms, well two double bedrooms and the smallest of a box rooms and one bathroom.
It’s the mankest bathroom you ever did see, not what you would expect in a very talented plumber, bathroom and kitchen fitters home.
It needs more than a case of tlc, it needs burning to the ground.
Trust me when I say, it’s that bad. 😫
I’m honestly ashamed of it and it’s probably the main reason, I don’t like visitors coming to ours. Silly I know but I can’t help the way I feel.
Thankfully it should be getting a face lift this year or next.
Our bedroom, has had a coat of paint but has a long way to go before it feels like a cosy retreat.
We need to save up for the flooring and design and make a fitted cupboard, (you can never have enough storage) hang the picture rail, and then I’m sure it will feel more cosy and relaxing.
Our bedroom has to wait because other rooms and other projects are more important right now.
Cals room aka the box room has just been decorated and I love it.
I let Cal choose everything from paint colour to art work and he did a pretty damn impressive job. I can’t wait to show you.
Cons room is the largest of all bedrooms but it’s a funny shape, long and narrow. We started decorating it a few weeks ago and it’s looking good.
I gave total control to Connor but in truth he wasn’t that interested so I had to pick a few things for him, like light fittings etc.💡
All we need to do now is, lay the flooring, finish building his cupboards and then the fun part of hanging curtains, artwork etc etc. It’s all sat here waiting to go, we just need a free weekend to finish.
It will look pretty damn splendid when it’s done. I can’t wait.
Hopefully it won’t be to long before I can show you.
So please pop back soon to see a little sneaky peek inside the house that we are trying to make our home.