4 May 2018

Finally, before and after

Finally we have waved goodbye to the last of the trades people and the house is ours. We still have pictures, photos and the like to sort and hang but otherwise we are done inside.  The garden is another matter, a work in progress, but with new fencing installed the garden is secure and private.  We had all the conifer trees removed.  There is lots of soil to move around and to level out, and also lots of tree roots to dig out. We also have the front of the house to sort, replacing some timber on the garage and painting the door.  Peter wants to replace all the guttering for white too, so as you can see we have plenty to be getting on with.  So what have we done?

The kitchen - before

and after

The back sitting room - minus light fitting and curtains, we still need to choose those

- before

and after

The lounge - before

and after, archway and fireplace removed

Cloakroom - before

and after

Hall and stairs - before

and after - the space under the stairs has been utilised and we now have lots more storage space here

closeup of carpet

Bedrooms - before

and after - cupboards were built into the eaves space to give us masses of storage without using any floor space

Bathroom - before

and after

We have gone for a palette of greens, greys and blue adding touches of colour here and there.  All the walls were painted in Dulux white mist, the carpets in the lounge and bedrooms - grey.  Tiled floors in the bathroom and cloakroom, also grey. Amtico in the kitchen, also grey but on the cream spectrum.  The hall and back sitting room have parquet flooring which we discovered under the old carpets.  The back sitting room has our old sofa so the only room thats not too grey, but as I said, still not got curtains for this room.  We installed vertical blinds for extra privacy as the lounge window is over 4m wide and it's a bit like sitting in a goldfish bowl, also its gets very hot and sunny so at least the new sofas won't get damaged. It's a much smaller property than we had before, but with the changes we have made feels roomy and to be honest we don't miss the old place, apart from the barn and the garden - though we'd have no time for all that now. We are really happy with how it's all turned out, but not keen on doing it again!

Front -

Garden - before

after the trees came down, see the fences we were left with, the trees were hiding just how bad they were

new fencing installed

watch this space for the after photos..........


  1. A huge job! What a transformation!! Congratulations :-)

  2. What a huge amount of work! You must be so glad to just be living now, not dodging construction. Beautiful results.

  3. What a transformation! Your home looks lovely, and you must be so happy with how it's turned out. I have to admit it made me a bit tired thinking about all that work though. I admire your ability to get it all done!

  4. Yea! I have been waiting patiently to see the reveal. LOVE. Such a transformation. Now enjoy all that work.


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