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.
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.
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.
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!