Thursday, 5 September 2013

New House - the Before


Welcome to my new house! I wanted to take some 'before' shots as we are doing quite a lot of decorating so I thought it would be good to have something to compare it to after. These photos probably don't truly show what a state it is in, the strong smell of stale smoke from the previous occupants doesn't come across, or the fact that the electrics are so awful our electrician kept taking photos as he didn't think anyone would believe him otherwise!

Above is the living room... it has two fireplaces, a whole lot of shelves and not much else at the moment. We're getting a lot more plug sockets (the electrician bloody loves plug sockets!), new lighting, the shelves are going and the floor has already been ripped up to do the electrics, so that is being redone as well! Oh, and we are repainting to get rid of the smoke smell - phew! This and the main bedroom are the main focus of phase one of our redecoration plans.


The kitchen is also not in the best way, and this is a little bit more visible in these photos.The leaking roof has now been patched up, though it will need a complete redo in a year or two, and the light fittings have been changed as, ahem, said leaks were running down inside the fittings - excellent! 

We're living with the peeling paint for the next year or so as we can't afford to do up the kitchen right away, bu we might paint the cupboards or something in the meantime and try and spruce it up a bit to make it a bit more livable. Dead cacti on the window ledge will go too! The previous owners did leave us their fridge, washing machine and dishwasher though, so I guess the cacti and the hole in the ceiling balance out!


The bathroom is also something we are going to live with for a year or two until we can save enough to change it. I cannot wait to get a bath in here! Since they'll be staying with us for a while I've named the nymphs on the wall - Dolores and Daphne.


This shot shows the hideousness of the brown carpet a little better. I am definitely not putting my bare feet down in this house until it's gone! It's very icky.


The previous owners were very in to wood. I am less into wood, so this is all coming out! I'm going to save the mirror, as it's in pretty good shape, and try repainting the frame (maybe a matt pale green?) The wall behind the old bedstead is also a fake one, which I am hoping was put in to cover up a (fingers crossed please still in original condition!) fireplace. And hopefully not covering up a dead body or drugs storage or something equally CSI....


Finally the second bedroom is another room we'll not be focussing on right away. Eventually it will be a spare room with a futon or something for guests, and I want to have a proper dressing table in here, as I've never really had one before and it gets great light.

So there are my five rooms! There is a lot of work to be done to get it ship-shape, and I suspect we will be pretty broke for a while, but it's really ours and I love it!


Victoria Nancy May said...

Wow, thats a lot of build in furniture! I have to say though, I'm slightly jealous of the living room shelving, I kinda love it!!


Simple Sophie said...

It looks like such a lovely house behind all of the little broken bits, I'll bet you'll have a lot of fun redecorating :) ox

char said...

How fab that you have taken photos of the before process, you'll be able to look back on them when it's all done and feel such a sense of achievement.

Was your living room two rooms originally?

Jo said...

woah, previous owners really loved their built in furniture! Looks like a great space with some lovely features (pretty windows!)Looking forward to see how you do things up. Must be so exciting (and perhaps a little terrifying!) having your own house :)

Maria Fallon said...

This is so exciting, there's a great shell here and I can;t wait to see how you do it all up!

Maria xxx

Annie said...

so exciting! This house looks like a wonderful space! good luck on all the renovating/diy-ing - sounds like it's going to be a lot of fun!

Jane said...

This is SO exciting! Good luck with all the renovations and redecorations.

My Hideaway said...

This house has so much potential and some really beautiful bones! I know what it's like to live with less than perfect bits until you've saved up some money for will be worth it in the end. Also, wishing you much luck that nothing scary is in that wall too. We tore out an old shed in our back yard to replace it with a new one, and there were all these animal bones and all sorts of unidentifiable things back there...very "Pet Sematary"...Eek!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Harriet! I know it's not in the shape you want it right now but all your hard work will pay off over time. We've had a 'mare of a time with our house recently but I know it will be worth it when it's all sorted. x

jazzabelle said...

oh, i can't wait to see how you transform your new house! xx

Matthew Pike said...

it looks fleeeeping massive Harriet! I'm chuffed for you guys, getting it sorted in the end. Loads of work to be done but look what you've gone, a proper proper house. The bathroom looks pretty decent size too, with some interesting space and stuff. Towel rack, check.

The dead cacti always reminds me of that line in a Bowie song.

Hazel said...

Harriet this looks amazing! It's such an exciting time. It'll take time to get it how you want it but as you say, it's yours, so you can take your time to get it just how you want it. All the rooms look a good size and it seems to be light and open too. How lovely.
We've been in our place for two years and still have lots to do but I love it, turning it into our home together makes it truly special!

Katie Frank said...

Harriet I'm truly amaze! This house looks wonderful <3

Style Eyes said...

Looks like an amazing house. Can't wait to see how you make it your own.