The ups and downs of renovating a house

…or two

Before pictures

This is the view from our front door.  Eventually we’ll pave the entire front as I HATE the concrete part of the drive.  It is a shared drive with our next door neighbor…so we’ll consult with them on this.

This is the entrance way and staircase.  We will change the flooring and the carpeting on the stairway as well as probably put in new railing as we’re not huge fans of what is up currently.  But for the time being it’s fine.

This is the bay window in the library, which is the first room you enter on the left.  We’ll be getting new carpeting and also put in a new fireplace (gas fire) as the current one doesn’t work well.  As you can see below, the surround for the fireplace is fine, so we’ll keep that.  We will most likely put in bookshelves on either side of the fireplace in the same dark wood.  And paint the walls…maybe a red or orange colour?

This is the fireplace in the living room.  As the room is small, we may get rid of it…but if not, then we’ll definitely replace it totally as it’s not attractive at all!  We’ll be putting bamboo flooring in this room and use a rug to soften it up.

This part of the extension will be the dining area.  We will replace the current door & windows with french doors to open up to the garden (back yard).  We’ll have tiles on the floor of the kitchen/diner.

This is the current kitchen (yuck!) and the extension.  We’ll be turning this galley kitchen into a downstairs loo, put in a wall and make the other part into the laundry room.  The extension will turn into a kitchen/diner.  We plan on putting in underfloor heating under the tiles.  Mmmm…warm flooring!

The upstairs bathroom.  Not the greatest tiles, use of space or other stuff.  We’ll totally re-do it.  Totally.  Can’t wait!

This is the master bedroom.  It will need new carpet and we’ll have to put in new closets.  The same will apply to the second bedroom.

This is the loft conversion.  The one room we won’t touch right now.  Eventually we’d like to redo the loft conversion to make it bigger & nicer, with an ensuite shower room and thus make it into our master bedroom.  We’ll have to save a lot more money to do that.

We’ll be painting EVERYTHING in the house.  It’s gonna be a lot of work overall, but it will be worth it!  Stay tuned!


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5 thoughts on “Before pictures

  1. Congratulations!

    I love that you have a library! And I would love to have a bedroom in the loft conversion!

    I can’t wait to see what you do to the place and congratulations again!

  2. Your house looks so cute and I can’t wait to see everything you’re doing. This really makes me want to buy a house!

  3. Good for you Lan! It’s a lot of time and work when you buy a house…and remodeling too! UGH! But it’s also a lot of fun and worth everything in the end! I am very happy for you…now you just have to start putting some babied in the spare rooms! I have two you can borrow anytime! Keep in touch! Love ya!

  4. Christina on said:

    It’s wonderful, congrats!

  5. Looks great! It will be nice to have this blog so once you guys are done with the work that you can come back and see the great progress that you guys havve done! Best Wishes on the Home Improvements!

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