After a whirlwind couple of months, we completed on the sale of our new home on Friday and finally got our hands on the keys. Despite the sale only taking a couple of months to go through from offer to completion, I’d forgotten all the reasons we had fallen in love with it. We both thankfully have an ability to see past decor and as J runs a fire and flood restoration business, he has an eye for spotting any major issues. So hopefully you won’t think we’re too crazy when you scroll through the photos.
I have an uncanny knack for finding homes that are painted like rainbows (our first home featured rooms in red, green, indigo and metallic silver) and this one is no different. Sadly a lot of the original 1930’s features have been removed from the house and others covered over and/or badly maintained. Prior to getting the keys, my main priority was restoring as many of these as possible so I’ve been scouring the internet for original doors and cast iron fireplaces since Christmas.
However as my very own restoration man will tell you, projects are unpredictable and often more expensive than you think so we’ve had to tweak our priority list accordingly in the last couple of days.
The house was actually built in 1929 and I believe from records completed in 1930, so right at the very start of the period. It’s unusual compared to most of the others on the street as it’s one of only two detached properties. When we originally saw the listing, we wrote it off as not suitable but for some reason and I’m still not sure why both brought it up a few days later that it was still on our minds.
On our first viewing (which took place at night – I do not recommend this) as we wandered round the house, I could really see the potential but it wasn’t until we went outside that I knew it was the house for us. It has the most gigantic garden, much bigger than any of the neighbouring plots, a separate garage and driveways each side of the house.
With the exception of J’s business which restores properties on a daily basis, personally we’ve ‘done up’ a new build which had been badly abused by it’s first owner and tackled bringing our farmhouse back up to date. I’d always fancied a 1930s semi because I love how easily they flow from room to room but now with the girls in tow, it seemed the perfect move for us.
The hallways is one of the rooms I’m most upset about as underneath the laminate floor, we’ve discovered all the floorboard have been chopped up and damaged. I’d had my heart set on sanding the floorboards and leaving them exposed so I’m now looking for a flooring solution for the hall and stairs. We’re planning on knocking out the mdf and replacing the spindles on the staircase and of course decorating to hopefully make this space feel a lot more welcoming.
I’m really looking forward to changing the lounge and we’re going to need a new sofa as our current one definitely doesn’t fit… however this is one of the spaces I’m least sure what to do with. The only things I know I’d really like are plantation shutters on the window and to get rid of that radiator!
The kitchen is one of my favourite rooms in the house, purely because of the view into that garden! We’re knocking down the wall next to the dining table into the utility/original kitchen and making this space bigger. I do love having a separate utility area but J has big plans for an extension so temporarily we’re going to make it all open plan.
I’m very tempted while I’m waiting for the extension and new kitchen to try to paint and wrap the current one. The doors are a laminate which is the only thing holding me back right now.
Upstairs the lack of original features sadly continues… if you’ve been following my insta stories over the last couple of days you might have seen my excitement when I realised the rear bedroom had a false wall built in front of the fireplace. We’re leaving the false wall for now but eventually I’d like to put this room back to it’s correct size, restore the fire and install shelving in the alcoves.
For now in all three bedrooms, we’re going to white wash and paint the woodwork dark. The third bedroom was never pictured – this is presumably because it’s painted a fluorescent green with matching blind and features far too many spot lights. We’ll be using this as a dressing room/office.
J quickly discovered the bathroom had a serious damp problem – we hadn’t really planned on getting a new bathroom straight away but it was obvious that had it been left any longer, it would have caused huge damage. So it’s one of the first rooms to be stripped out!
After viewing the house the first time, J initially suggested opening up the whole of the downstairs but I’m really keen to keep the front lounge as a separate place for while the twins still have mountains of toys (no formal living area for us ha)! In time when we add the extension, we’re planning on adding underfloor heating throughout and rendering the outside walls. For now, along with getting rid of the utility/kitchen wall, we’re adding a wc under the stairs and a closet where the current kitchen door is – so it’ll be really nice to have somewhere to shove all the coats and bags that aren’t used on a daily basis and shut the door on it!
We’ve only had the keys for a couple of days and already massive changes have been made though not as many as we would have liked due to us all been really poorly. Onwards and upwards though and as sad as I am to be saying see you later to our little farmhouse, I’m so excited to start making no.26 into a new home for us.