Sunday, 13 November 2016

House Renovation | One Year On


As this post goes live I'll be getting ready to raid Gatwick's duty free before hopping on a plane to Iceland for a couple of days. Possibly even more exciting is the fact that today is also our first anniversary of home ownership and therefore a whole year since we began our hefty renovation project. Our end goal is the two year mark, so with that in mind we're halfway through (possibly...).

The good news is we've finished upstairs. YAY for an upstairs that it completely dustless (unless I haven't dusted then yanno...) and free of paint fumes. It's so nice to have the whole of upstairs as a sanctuary from the madness that is a half ripped out kitchen and living room acting as a DIY dumping ground. Yeah, that's where we're at with downstairs.

Renovating a house is hard, at times completely demoralising and very very time consuming. Saying that, I like it. It's as if we're creating a whole house from scratch (apart from if we were I'd have an old detached farmhouse with some land thanks). But it's like the house is really ours because we've gutted it and started over. I would definitely do it again, but I also can't see myself wanting to move out of this house because I love it so much. So basically if anyone has a spare deposit they'd like to donate so we can just buy an extra house to do up we'll take it.

It's been a massive learning curve and at the beginning I definitely felt like we were way out of our depth. We probably still are (definitely are when it comes to the kitchen), but we seem to be able to make things happen quicker than we did when we started so that's something.

One thing I'm really glad I did is document the progress on my blog - I don't think I'd remember it quite as vividly if I hadn't, plus it's meant I've been able to share our renovation process with other people and hey, if someone like me can renovate a house then I'm pretty sure anyone can! In case you fancy a reminder of how it's looking so far here's a little recap:

Bedroom Transformation (post here) Our bedroom was the first room we did because who doesn't want a nice bedroom to sleep in as a priority? It took a long time because we were so new to it all (we didn't even want to shell out on a £20 wallpaper steamer to begin with - HUGE mistake!) and it was a big job that involved us spontaneously taking a wall down to make the room bigger. I won't ramble too much as you can read all about it in my bedroom transformation post.

Office Transformation (post here) This is the second room we did because Nick had just started a job which meant he needed to work from home sometimes and we needed to get it done quickly so he didn't have to work from bed (although that sounds pretty good to me). It was a relatively small job apart from the chimney breast which hadn't been blocked up properly and had two dead birds in it (ew).

Temporary Living Room Transformation (post here) This will actually be the guest bedroom and is only currently a living room because it has our sofa in it. It means we have a mini home upstairs while we do downstairs and I actually quite like having an upstairs living room! This room didn't actually take us that long and it's when I felt we'd really got into the swing of things!

Bathroom Transformation (post here) We actually got our bathroom done around the same time as the bedroom and as soon as they were both done I knew I'd be OK with the whole renovation thing because we had a bedroom and we had a bathroom and believe me the worst time is when you don't have a bathroom and we were left without ours over Christmas - thanks for that plumber. We only just got it painted though so it's properly finished now!

There's a long way to go but I can't wait until my next transformation post which will be our kitchen especially as I actually have no idea what it'll look like yet!

Amy x
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  1. Love the renovation!
    Dora www.BangsBang.com

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    1. Thank you, it's very slowly getting there I think! Xx

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  2. Ooh, your home looks lovely so far! My husband and I found a similar dilemma with our first house: we moved in with intentions to renovate, got distracted with necessary (expensive) repairs like a new roof and central heating, and now we have a house that is too small for our growing family, needs further improvement, and we cannot work out what to do for the best! I really want to redecorate but there isn't the space to work on one room at a time, and we need more bedrooms. Anyway, we did manage to renovate the kitchen, which I love... https://spookymrsgreen.com/2016/02/20/my-kitchen-renovation-project/

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    1. Thank you so much! We're lucky because we don't have children yet that we could renovate a room at a time and still have the space to live in! Glad you got your kitchen done though! That's next for us haha xx

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  3. You've done such an amazing job on your home - and I can imagine how much fun it is to look back and realise the transformation every now and again! I particularly love your bathroom; so well designed :)

    aglassofice.com
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    1. Thanks so much Gabrielle, I'm so pleased with the bathroom! Xx

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  4. I love your house transformation posts and I can't believe how far you have already come! I will definitely go back to these posts when I got my own place although I have to admit that I'm not the best at DIY haha. Your bedroom is simply beautiful, I love the colour of the walls xx

    113thingstosay.com

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    1. I wasn't the best at all before we started but I just learnt as we went along (and I'm still not great haha) thanks lovely xx

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  5. Your transformation is stunning so far!! :) :)

    www.makeupisdelish.com

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    1. Thank you so much I'm glad you like it :) xx

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  6. I love the changes you made, especially what you did to the bathroom!

    Bella Pummarola

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    1. Thank you so much, the bathroom is the latest thing we've done and I love it :) xx

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  7. Everything is looking so pretty! You did such a good job x

    www.wildfirecharm.com

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    1. Thank you lovely, so happy with it so far! Xx

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  8. Well look who's blog looks ridiculously pretty and fancy ;) Love the redesign girl but love your house renovations even more. That bathroom, that fireplace... wowzer!

    Elle
    www.theellenextdoor.com
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    1. Ah thanks so much lovely, thought it was about time I redesigned! Glad you love the house :) xx

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  9. You have really done some amazing work to the house. It's been great reading about the transformation! Have a nice time in Iceland. Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. Thanks Gemma glad you've enjoyed reading about it! Xx

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  10. Wow! Your house looks incredible! I love it! The fireplace is so beautiful and I really like the tiles in the bathroom, they are so pretty! What a gorgeous transfomation :)

    I hope that you have a wonderful time in Iceland :) Enjoy!

    El xxx

    www.elsfashionfix.co.uk

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    1. Thank you lovely, I'm having an amazing time in Iceland :) xx

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  11. Your home looks fantastic
    Happy Monday :)

    www.abdelkhalekleblog.com

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    1. Thank you so much! Hope you've had a nice Monday x

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    1. Thank you, only half way more to go! X

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  13. That's really amazing! I also love renovating, and I loved your bathroom and the fireplace. I am eager to read about Iceland, because I have a trip planned to there in 2017, so I will love your posts about it! Hope you have a lovely week and trip!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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    1. Ooooh ok hopefully you'll like my Iceland posts then! I'll try and post some useful tips :) xx

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    1. Thanks so much I'm so glad you think so! Xx

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  15. Girl I'm SO impressed with your transformation, it must be such a lovely feeling to renovate something and to feel really happy with the results! The hard work has paid off love - it looks amazing! Absolute bathroom GOALS <3

    Hayley xo
    www.frockmeimfamous.com

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    1. Aw thank you so much lovely, it really is such a good feeling! Xx

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  16. Any type of renovation, big or small is stressful but wow, I must say you guys did a brilliant job! We are building our home from scratch and while it won't be as stressful, there are so many decisions to make and it's just overwhelming.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Thank you so much! That's incredible that you're building your house from scratch and will be so rewarding when you get exactly what you want! Xx

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  17. Love the renovation color design, next year I plan to move from apartment to house, hope I can do a good color for the renovation like you do :)

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    1. Thank you, good luck with your move and choosing your colours! Xx

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  18. Random comment but we must have been in Iceland at exactly the same time last year - I've just noticed the date and we went for my 30th on this weekend last year!!!

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    1. Aw yeah this time last year we were there! Didn't realise you'd been, it's incredible isn't it! xx

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