So renovating our house has taken up a huge part of our lives over the past two and a half years. In a nutshell, we bought a cottage that we fell in love with and we knew it needed a fair bit of work doing to it, but when we started stripping it back we realised that it was pretty much falling down (kind of an exaggeration, kind of not), so we had no choice other than to take on this huge, scary, exciting project.
We’ve now only got the kitchen, bathroom and all of the garden to do (basically, the main bits) but I am pleased to write that the house is finally in a liveable condition (inside and outside) as we have had the rendering done. It no longer looks derelict from the outside! We had scaffolding around the whole house from May until October. The work that we had done in the end included two new windows, windows being moved, the corner of the house rebuilt (it crumbled away!), loads of bricks replaced and the walls strengthened, roof repairs, the roof extending, new guttering and I’m sure there’s a lot more that I’ve missed. All of this doesn’t include the cost of the scaffolding for six months and the actual rendering doing! We got there in the end, though, we just need to finish off little things and get everything tidied up. The garden is still full of the aftermath!
All of this took from April until October to complete in total, so we haven’t really been able to get other things done this year like we wanted to, such as the bathrooms. Now that our house looks ‘normal’ from the outside and we’ve completed a lot of the rooms inside, we’re both taking a step back from the renovations for a while and relaxing with it a bit more. It’s been fun but it’s taken up a LOT of our time, so I think there’ll be less renovation blog posts next year.
Here are a few before and afters:
Have a peep at my renovation journey over the last year or so: