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Cumbrian House final video

We’ve finally come to the end of the renovation.  Carpet is in and furniture is about to be moved around.  Overall, I’m very pleased with the work that was done by Stefan and his team at AMG London.  He’s been great at communicating everything and his team do lovely work.  We’d suggest him for future projects!

So, here it is, the links to the videos showing the original house and then the final product.  Enjoy!  While the stairway/hall carpet is not entirely my favourite, it will be a good hard wearing one (especially as we’re going to allow pets when we rent it out).

Next up…final choice in builders (Stefan is a front runner, of course), moving into the Cumbrian house and then seeing when the work can begin!


Week 3: framing begins

The framing of the loft outline has begun.  It’s quite cool to see what the room will potentially look like, though I’m not quite sure where the shower room will be (exactly) or what size it will be.  Or really where the doorway is going to go.  I can just see the outline of the entire structure.  It’s still very exciting for me!

This is the view toward where the staircase will be going.

Approximately where the bathroom will be located

Toward the front of the house and the slanted bit of the room.

The other corner of the room.

And it has begun!

The scaffolding is up on our Cumbrian house.  It began last week and finished on Monday.  So exciting!  What that means is that the guys will start work tomorrow (as guaranteed by our builder, who I spoke to this morning).  I have laid out tea, coffee & biscuits (cookies, for you Americans reading this) for the workmen and put in a load of toilet tissue paper.  Not sure what the first steps will be…but I’ll certainly be posting them soon!  I hope to get in and take pictures on Sunday.  Exciting!

Our loft conversion…original house & plans for current house

I think we’re going to have to talk about current versus original houses.  There’s so much going on right now around both houses.

Current house: we have invited an architect to design our ground floor as we decided to actually pull down all the walls between the kitchen and dining area/conservatory…and build into the conservatory.  We’re also going to add a shower room to the top floor where my mother-in-law has her bedroom.  So excited.  It means we are cancelling our bathroom order from Wickes and we’ll probably change the bathroom order as well.  We’ll pretty much put in all new flooring, paint most of the rooms, etc.  It will look like a different house!

Original house (aka the one that features in this blog originally): we are starting the work on 16 September (well, that’s when they’ll put up the scaffolding).  Yay!  I took a video of what the space currently looks like and what I hope it will look like. It’s here on Youtube.  Enjoy!

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