GAH! So I totally, totally forgot to do a final post about all the work I did in the summer and autumn renovating a city townhouse. So here is a brief rundown of everything that was done. New heating, plumbing, electrics, lighting, garden fencing, plastering, decoration, windows, plus a new kitchen roof with skylights and new unforeseen beams (long story that one..). On top of that it was totally decorated, had bespoke wardrobes made and fitted, a kitchen makeover, new flooring, refurbished original flooring and probably some other things I have forgotten. It also had plans drawn up for a huge loft conversion to make another bedroom and bathroom.
I was going to move into it once it was finished, and once we had sold our current home we live in. But priorities changed, as they always do, and we ended up having to get rid of the city house… so it was put on the market and snapped up straight away.
Here is the dining room before, during and after. It had to have electrics chased, new lighting installed, new plaster, lining paper, decoration, floor renovation and new central heating.
Walls were done in Cookie Crumble, with the Chimney Breast in Railings.
Loved the way it turned out… and it’s a big room with lots of space and light,
Fact: I have too many clothes. These are dotted all over the house as storage is tricky for the amount I have.
Fact: I have too many shoes. I could well give Imelda Marcos a run for her money.
Fact: It felt so crowded in the bedroom with clothes, shoes etc that it was a pain to keep it organised.
Fact: A lot of my clothes are quite old, but very well made so I am loathe to chuck them as they do come in useful randomly from time to time. Need a fab fitted Armani suit for a meeting; got one. Feeling like chanelling Chanel at the races in a pink tweed suit; done. Wedding on the horizon; Dozens of outfits to chose from…. Dinner dance; loads to choose from. But these were stored all over the place so I had to hunt for them.
Fact: I otherwise wear pretty much the same uniform of clothes most days. I have trusty Uniglo trousers in one cut (but with lots of pairs in black or grey), a lot of Cos black dresses and huge swaddling roll-necked jumpers. Add my Converse hi-tops or biker boots, and I am ready to go.
Fiction: I really need all of these clothes.
So this week I decided to finally gather all items together from all over the house to see how much I actually could lose/keep/use more. Pretty much most rooms had a cupboard or two groaning with clothes/shoes/out of season stored items. When all together, and reader I am a bit ashamed when I admit this, they filled a whole room. 30 years worth of clothes and shoes stared back at me. Continue reading “Wardrobe Crisis… and Storage Solution”→
For the last few weeks I have not had a minute spare to post anything, and have been trying to juggle the renovation, still do another existing part-time job, carry out my school Governor role, look after my kids and still run the family home. I kid you not, this is multi-tasking to another level. Luckily, we women have brains that can compartmentalize and manage these feats, otherwise I should be a gibbering wreck being carted off to an institution for intense therapy!
So, since the last post the house renovations has been cracking onwards. All of the walls have been stripped bare, discovering along the way that the original builders glued woodchip wallpaper straight onto bare plasterboard in some areas, which is impossible to remove without damage. At least 3 walls had this finish so we had to budget for more extensive works to them to get them sorted out. Who invented that paper and why?
I had to source a building team pretty quickly, and was amazed at some of the outrageous quotes that came in from various trades. Differences for wiring quotes, as an example, were from £2,800 to £10,000 for the house. The phrase ‘are you having a laugh?’ came to mind (and more explicit ones that I will not share).. However, perseverance and a lot of cash deals sorted out a great team. I then contracted the builders to come in and do the following lengthy list:
Plasterboard where necessary all ceilings and aforementioned walls, re-plaster all rooms in the house, re-wire and chase in all new electrics, re-plumb, move two walls, install new central heating and radiators, hang & fit all new doors,fit two bathrooms and one kitchen… the list goes on and on. I also have a gardener stripping out the hideous junkyard that was the garden, with new lawn, planting and fencing coming next week. My main job is decorating both internally and externally, chosing the kitchen, bathrooms and flooring. I have been sourcing new joinery and hardware for all the doors in the house, and am become a wizard with my tape measure and minute measurements! I am also on first name terms now with trade suppliers at the Builders yards in the city.
I asked my building team to start from the top down so I can at least prep the new plaster with mist coats whilst the messy work is being done. We are at the stage of first fix electrics being finished, and 50% of the house is plastered. Most floorboards are up and the debris is incredible. It’s a dust bomb basically, it even gets in my teabags somehow.
Stripping a room, can someone explain the painting method on the door to me please?
So here are some photos of the works so far. A small loo has the wall smashed down in preparation for extending it into a shower room.