The last 2 weeks have been full of drama.
- I attended the York Festival of Writing – woohoo damn load of fun
- Haven’t written for 2 weeks – must get my mojo into gear
- Finally exchanged contracts for the house move
- Renovated the new home within 10 days – believe me, many didn’t think we could..
Sure – this post is a deviation on my site, but as many have asked. Below there will be a load of before and after images. The house itself is a find-of-a-find in Syston, and externally has appeal stamped all over it. The internals weren’t that bad either, but did require a little updating and modifications.
Painting We did the paint job ourselves, opting for a Brilliant White look. If we ever decide to change the colour, then overlaying onto a white canvas couldn’t be easier. Each room/stairs required 3 coats; a lot of brushing effort. (Swish-swash-spill)
Gas Work Includes: Worcester Bosch 34 CDI Boiler/wireless controller, supply and fit of Radiator Valves, Removal of existing fireplace, fitting of new gas fireplace. Anthony came to the rescue when my original Gas/Electric Contractor pulled out of the job 3 days prior to starting. To get a man and his team of excellent electricians, plumbers, and heating engineers within that short time was a lifesaver.
Electrics Includes: Circuit-board, replacement of worn cables, correction of sockets, supply and fit of Chrome Faceplates to sockets and light switches.
Carpets and Laminate Laminate in the Entrance Hall, Lounge and Study Room. Vinyl in Breakfast Room, Kitchen, Lobby, Utility Room and D/Stairs WC. Carpets on stairs and all 4 Bedrooms. The work also involved removal of old carpets, cleaning up and screeding in places.
Kitchen Makeover Replacement of Kitchen doors, Worktop, Extractor Fan updated. Tiles removed and wall skimmed. Additional Worktop added to Utility Room. Karl and his team did a fantastic job of updating the kitchens for a fraction of the cost of a totally new kitchen. In comparison to quotes of £14k/16k and £20k for a kitchen of that size, £4k was an absolute steal-of-a-deal.
Cattery Moving was a stressful day for the cats and it wouldn’t be fair for us to enjoy our surroundings without them being part of it. Decking had to be laid out at the back with a galvanised steel frame and access door. The frame is still be added, but the decking was up within 2 days.
Accessories – and who wouldn’t have any???
- Dunelm Mill = £130
- Ikea = £370
- Wilkinsons = £100
Total spend to date on Renovation = £17k
And now… I present the before and after images. Note: The before is above the after…
Downstairs Study (WRITING) Room
The Exterior… not much change except the decking
Huge thanks to all involved. We got there in the end.
Now, (clears throat) back to writing…