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A Georgian Renovation

March 14, 2017
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I often get asked about my own home and up until recently it’s been very much a work in progress!  It still isn’t finished (will it ever be??) but there are some areas at least where I can see end results. Starting a new series of posts here, I will be sharing progress and would love to know what you think!

The house is a very typical Georgian property and as such we are blessed with a lot of natural light and floor to ceiling sash windows (although we weren’t loving them at the painting stage and it’s inevitable that they will all need replacing very soon, but hey they look great!)

So the story so far – we’ve knocked through from Kitchen to Lounge, stripped the floors throughout, replaced one bathroom and built another in place of a bedroom (I can hear Estate Agent’s gasping at that!), removed a strangely positioned shower room from the middle of the upstairs landing and done all the usual boring but essential bits like rewire and replace all the ancient plumbing! We’ve also built a staircase up to the loft room but as that is as far as we’ve got on that particular job, the staircase is currently capped off and oddly leads to no-where!

The first completely finished room was the controversial second bathroom.  I realise that sacrificing a bedroom doesn’t suit everyone but the house needed another bathroom – essential for 2 girls sharing with up to 3 fully grown boys (depending on how many have returned to the nest at any one time)!   This is the end result which I’m really pleased with.

house-bathroom

The bath was an ebay bargain at £100 which I just painted (Little Greene – Lamp Black) and added new taps to.  The tiles are encaustics from encaustictiles.net  and the bench, stool and mirror are all vintage finds.

Another finished room is this which we are currently using as an office.

house-office

This room I fear is going to cause some marital discord as it took 8 coats of paint (really!) to cover the very dark oak panelling – another controversial move I know – and now I’ve changed my mind and would like to paint the panelling a very dark grey/black! It’s at the front of the house so doesn’t get as much sunlight as the rest of the rooms and would suit being moody and filled with plants I think?  Time will tell how that discussion pans out!

Finally the Lounge is taking shape as well, although since this pic was taken we’ve already moved the table out and replaced with a couple of black rattan lounge chairs.

house-dining

As is fairly common with this period of House the ceilings aren’t particularly high downstairs but are much higher upstairs.  To counteract this we removed the ceiling and exposed the joists.  This was the most painstaking and labour intensive job so far as we had to insulate/plasterboard and then plaster between each joist for building regs (not to mention the number of coats needed to cover those joists!) but I think really worthwhile as it has transformed the room.  The fireplace, although original, was pretty ugly so it had to go to be replaced with a very cheap and cheerful woodburner which is unbelievably effective.  From an online stove warehouse it cost a fraction of others we were looking at but really does look lovely and if anything provides too much heat! The tiles again are encaustics from here.  The baskets, picture shelves, art, rug and benches are all Design Vintage.

So that’s how the house is taking shape and still to come we have to finally replace an old UPVC conservatory which is our current dining space, replace the temporary Kitchen, convert the loft, ponder the panelling … the list goes on!

 

 

 

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13 Comments

  • Reply Georgina March 14, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Your home is looking fabulous! Would you mind sharing where you found your log burner as I’m on the hunt for one too…
    Thanks & happy home building ❤

  • Reply Claudia de yong March 14, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    When can I move in! Lovely styling too. I’m looking for a home just like that and haven’t found anything yet so upsetting. Love your tile choice too. Can’t wait to see the rest.

    • Reply admin March 14, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      Thanks so much Claudia – good luck with your search!

  • Reply Namita March 14, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    beautiful! Can I ask what colour you painted the panelling and was it different to the wall colour.

    • Reply admin March 14, 2017 at 9:06 pm

      Hi Namita – thank you! The panelling and all walls in the house are painted in a simple white – it’s Dulux Trade Brilliant White. The finish on the panelling is eggshell.

  • Reply Jacq March 15, 2017 at 7:37 am

    I love your look. Any suggestions for sofas as as much as I love white I have dogs so totally impractical? Also where did you get the radiators from please?

    • Reply admin March 15, 2017 at 9:52 am

      Hi there – my sofas are our Tine K Home ones here which have a washable cotton/canvas cover. I also have a boisterous puppy and 6 year old so I know the dilemma! If White feels a bit ambitious I would always go with a very dark Phantom Grey which has a slight blue in it as well and works great in a light setting. The radiators are here. Hope this helps!

  • Reply lucie penn March 15, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    such a beautiful home. Would you mind me asking where you’re beautiful black light shades are from please?

    • Reply admin March 15, 2017 at 5:28 pm

      Thanks so much Lucie! These are the phantom pleated silk shades from Tine K Home at Design Vintage which are unfortunately no longer in production. We do have the white version available here

  • Reply Namita March 15, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    thank you!!

  • Reply Alex March 17, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Great looking spaces. Can I ask if you stained or coloured the sanded floorboards? They don’t appear to have that orangey colour you often get with pine floors (assuming they are pine).

    • Reply admin March 17, 2017 at 3:17 pm

      Hi Alex – I had a white pre-lacquer put on first before the top coats of matt lacquer. This prevents the orangey top coat and is well worth doing!

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