Well, Facebook tells me we’ve lived here for two years now, and people keep asking me for photographs, so I figured some blogging about it wouldn’t go a miss. Two years ago we brought a three bed unmodernised (of sorts) semi detached ex local authority house. We both work full time and I was out of action for the best part of 12 months due to illness; I’m all better now though! I’ll post about the different rooms over time, but since the biggest project of the lot is starting, I thought it might be a good starting point to track it.
When I say the house was unmodernised, I mean since the 70/80s. Things like one single plug socket in every room, trunking over the electrical wires rather than channeled into the wall etc.. To make matters worse (for us) the previous elderly owners, also appeared to be chain smokers. Now we’re working on a budget here and trying to do a lot of it ourselves, so some stuff we’ve simply not touched for now. Others things have had to be sorted however.
Anyway, I’m rambling, lets get to what’s going on today. The house had double glazing when we moved in, but I think it was from a time when double glazing first came out. It all needs replacing. We’ve done a few rooms which I will show you when I get to them, but for today we are having a new kitchen window and the dining room window removed and replaced with French doors – can’t wait!
As you can see they are Georgian style windows, I don’t really like this sort as I dislike anything that blocks out light. Most of the windows are blown in the house too, so it looks awful as the squares mist up.
The kitchen window is a very odd place, or rather the cabinets are under it. I’m glad we have workmen to do this for us as I struggle to get to it to clean it. the cabinets are at an ‘L’ shape next to the adjoining wall. When the kitchen is done, these will be removed anyway.
You can also see (just!) that the pipework runs across the ceiling (I don’t know, so just don’t ask) we will get that sorted out before we have the plastering done in there. There are also polystyrene tiles on the kitchen ceiling – nice. Will have those down this weekend hopefully.
Well, I took those photos this morning before the workmen arrived. They have now gone so I have the (almost) finished article to show you!
This is the kitchen window now, it looks much brighter in there just because of the loss of the Georgian bars.
It just makes the kitchen look so much cleaner too and that’s no mean feat! But it is for another day.
I’m so impressed with how the dining room looks now too. The new French doors just let in so much light, I can’t wait until the wall is down too!
We’re not allowed to open them until tomorrow so that the rendering doesn’t crack – it’s hard not too, but it’s just one night, so I’m sure we’ll manage.
It even looks different from the outside, although I didn’t think to take any photos outside this morning for some reason.
The cat is confused and keeps giving them a sniff, I’m sure he’ll be happy tomorrow though when he realises that they are giant cat flaps!
Anyway, this is my first update in a while, so I think I’ve rambled on enough. I’ll try to remember to take photographs with a proper camera in future too instead of being lazy and just using my phone.
Hope you all have lovely, fun packed 4th of July weekends!