Well the exciting time has finally arrived and the builders are on site to start our home renovation! We got to this stage relatively quickly from when we first moved in to Little Ravenswell (13 months) and to see the builders on site actually gave me nervous goose bumps! I left for work before they arrived and actually had butterflies as I was sat at my desk wondering what if anything was happening back at home.
I want to keep a visual record of the house transformation so grabbed some before shots yesterday. The builders plan to initially focus on creating the single storey extension at the rear of the property, this is the area that is currently the patio. This will involve knocking down the area that houses our boiler (in the outdoor house with the white door), although removing the boiler won’t be done straight away as we’ll need to use it). They’ll also make a start on removing the current old porch.
I’m excited, I’m nervous, so let’s see the before…..
One of the aspects I really love about the house is its large hallway and upstairs landing. Sadly the hallway parquet flooring was water damaged the week before the house was put on the market when the radiator leaked (and the house was empty for a few days before it was discovered). I’d really love to have directional oak herringbone flooring downstairs throughout, except in the current living room which will be carpeted. Herringbone floors have made a real come back in recent years and I think they’ll provide a real contrast to regular floorboards.
The staircase is something that our budget hasn’t left us much room to do anything majorly creative with, instead we are planning to paint it a dark grey and change the spindles, before finishing it with a carpet runner.
We’ve got a lot of old wallpaper that’s going to need to be stripped after we’ve had the new electrics and heating sorted. Light paint colours on the walls and new lighter coloured, (non-swirly!) carpets, as well as clever lighting will help change the dark upstairs corridor.
The main bedroom is dual aspect and commands views over the large garden and fields beyond. New radiator, windows and insulation will also help to make this room and the rest of the house much warmer. The current house has aluminium framed windows, no insulation in the wall cavities and only 50mm wall insulation. So insulating the place properly is really important to us, as well as seeing our heating bills reduce as a result. We intend to add an en-suite in to the main bedroom but this will be as part of phase 2 of the renovation. Phase 1 is focused on building the extension, adding new heating, electrics, new windows, removing the current porch and building the new oak porch and adding a new kitchen and utility.
So whilst the above images may look none too pretty we’ve bought this house for its huge potential; its southerly facing larger than average garden, mature trees and generous room proportions. Whilst we had never intended to undertake another renovation we’re excited to crack on with this one – although WE WON’T BE DOING THIS AGAIN!
I’d love to hear your renovation experiences or home improvement tips so do leave a comment below.