I can’t believe that already we are eight weeks in to our renovation project. When I look at how much progress the building team have made in that time it feels like so much more has happened. In the past week we’ve moved out to allow the builders to tackle the interior of the house and this is where we’ve gone from happily watching things progress out of the window to living off site and returning to what is a building site!
I think I might have mentioned before that I’ve enjoyed the project but in honesty I haven’t had to face the pressure that my husband is who is project managing things has faced. Hats off to him, he is visiting the site regularly and keeping me updated and involved in any decisions that are needed. Our current home for the next 3 weeks is a holiday property only 350 yards up the road from our house, it’s been quite a novelty staying there so far and we’ve both remarked about how little ‘stuff’ you really need in life. Definitely a call for greater decluttering once we get home and have time to focus on organising ourselves and unpacking.
One unexpected but I guess positive challenge is that the builders have been working faster than we can keep up with! The first day they were working in the house we returned to find all the ceilings were hacked down and we were required to double check and confirm decisions on the electrics, namely places and numbers of plug sockets and position and circuits for the electrics. The large anthracite sliding doors were installed on day 35 of the project and these really have made me grin, I love them – they are BIG and let in so much light already. Once the ceiling lantern is added into this space then its going to look incredible.
The kitchen was removed and the serving hatch with sliding glass dividers that linked the kitchen and dining room also was knocked out. This suddenly helped us gain a feel for the space we’ll have and I was now able to visualise the kitchen, playroom and living area all working together well. So here’s a visual snapshot of the past two weeks, can’t wait to share the next developments with you!
and look at the house now – front door out and area where the original porch window was – Gone!
The beloved new sliding doors, with a fixed pane at either end really do look great. The sliding doors were chosen to give us as much access and view of the garden as possible, we did consider bi-folds but having had them in our last property we didn’t want them as we don’t want the ‘stacking’ effect once opened.