My property renovation experience to date comprises of a bit of painting, drilling a few holes (badly) and watching a lot of Grand Designs, but despite all of this I’m still hugely excited about the project that lies ahead. I’ve been compiling Pinterest boards for the past year (!) and have a real idea of how I want the place to look, down to the finest details (which candles will be positioned where and which bathroom products would work best with the designs!). But there’s a long journey ahead before we get anywhere near that point, and I’m sure by the end of it we will have had a series of disasters that have meant that most of my ideas aren’t possible/affordable…or that by the time it’s all finished I’ll be contemplating retirement and what’s currently retro and vintage has gone back to being dated and naff.
Here is a list of all the major works we’ll need to do, in what I currently believe to be order of importance:
- Plumbing and installing central heating throughout
- Knocking down kitchen wall to make larger open plan kitchen
- Installing new kitchen and bathroom
- Ripping up carpets and sanding floors
- Removing all textured wallpaper and skimming walls
- Sorting out the jungle that is the garden
The rooms are also to be reconfigured slightly. Once the wall between the kitchen and dining area has been removed, that room will be an open living, dining, chilling area. The master bedroom would then become a separate living area, which could be converted back into a bedroom should be ever need it (partly because the two of us currently have no need for so many bedrooms, and partly because I feel that this beautiful room would be wasted by just being a bedroom – I want to share it and show it off!).
The smallest bedroom would then become a dressing room (my inner 10 year old is SO excited that my Clueless style wardrobe dream is going to become a reality…revolving racks and outfit planning software will be cheap and easy to install, right?!).
The lovely light room with a cute fireplace and skylight will then become a master bedroom (handy as it’s adjoining the dressing room)
..and the final bedroom will be the guest room.
Currently there is a separate toilet and bathroom and whilst I would love to knock them together, the money involved in this means it’s probably not a priority at the moment. It would also mean that I would have to lose my beloved farmhouse style doors as with the new configuration they would no longer fit….and I’m thinking that actually having a separate toilet might have its benefits when living with a stinking boy!!
We’re getting in a series of builders to come in to quote the day after we complete, so we can get things moving as soon as possible. We’re going to be moving in with my parents whilst all the work is going on, so we need it to all happen asap before we become a rowing, Jeremy Kyle style mess of a family!