Hi, I’m Becky and the person behind this blog. Married to Christian since 2009, we became parents to twins, Caspar and Poppy in 2014. Life shifted dramatically when they arrived and we have transitioned from a fairly steady, calm life to one that now seems to move at break neck speed and require multiple balls to be juggled. We do this reasonably well most of the time, although I did go to work wearing odd shoes recently and am now frequently late for meetings or find myself covered in smears of chocolate or dribble (not mine!).
What are we doing?
Before we had the twins we did up a house in Frampton Cotterell, adding a single storey extension, office and en-suite bathroom, new central heating and electrics to our home. It took us a couple of years as we ran out of money half way through and also chose to live on site (not for the faint hearted). That home however only had two bedrooms upstairs and one downstairs and as the children grew older we realised that we’ve out grown the space. Therefore our new project, a 1960’s property ‘Little Ravenswell’ is intended to be our forever home.
The process to find Little Ravenswell hasn’t been easy. We originally put our home on the market in April 2017 and sold it straight away, we found a home we wanted to buy and we sat waiting patiently for four months as the vendors looked for somewhere to buy. We waited and waited until eventually we got the disappointing phone call to say this house was being taken off the market as the vendors couldn’t find anywhere, so four months later we were back where we’d started. Our chain fell apart and we put our house back on the market, luckily we sold it again straight away. We then fell in love with another house but it was over the top of our budget and we lost this property to someone else. In September 2017 we viewed Little Ravenswell the day the house came on to the market. We were the first people to see it, 9:00am one Saturday morning and were followed by 35 other buyers all interested in this spacious property.
With 10 offers on the table we were stunned when the estate agent rang to say our offer had been accepted. Having never intended to undertaken a renovation project again, the strange housing market in Bristol and lack of properties coming up for sale in the area we wanted to live in (and in Bristol generally) has meant that we’ve purchased the property for its potential, its location and its space. We intend to make it our dream home.
Why blog about it?
Little Ravenswell has been in the same family since it was built in early 1960, us becoming its new family feels like a new chapter for us and for the house and with the help of our architects it presents a blank slate for us to work with. Currently at the time of writing we’re not sure what we’ll do with the house, the architect’s vision will come in to play here, our initial ideas have veered back and forth like a game of ping pong! Being a photographer I’d naturally find myself capturing the journey throughout and this blog felt like a great way to chronicle the transformation of this project. This blog gives me a great opportunity to tell the story behind each stage of the project and to capture the transformation – it’s also nice to be able to look back on once its done.
When I’ve told people what we’re doing I often have people say ‘Oh I’d love to do that’ so this blog may appeal to anyone thinking of undertaking a similar project, anyone into renovation programmes, anyone a little bit nosey (!☺) or anyone into interior design. So follow along as the work progresses.
I’d love to hear from you if you’re doing something similar, or if you have questions about what we’re doing or just want to share advice or thoughts. You can also keep up to date on Instagram too.
Photo credit: P.C Liam Crawley