House Renovation

House Renovation

Dust, clutter, boxes and continual rubbish that keeps magically accumulating…why do we do it?

Right now I couldn’t tell you exactly, I am currently sat in a local coffee shop because I have no running water or flat quite frankly. When we bought our house nearly two years ago, we did so because it was a fixer-upper with the intention to improve it at some point. Mine and Tom’s views on how to do this were a little different unsurprisingly – we have the opposite views on most things. I wanted to do it gradually, working from room to room, whereas Tom wanted to do it all in one go. As he will be doing most of the work (with his brother-in-law) we went with his option and he reassures me it will be better this way so I’m trusting him. No pressure!

Up until now it’s been quite fun – picking out bathrooms, kitchens and flooring, I’m all about the detail, Tom not so much which is where we balance each other out nicely. So far, in two days we have ripped out the bathroom, stripped the living room and there is now an empty void where our kitchen used to be. Then it comes down to the detail – where do you want the lights, switches and plugs. All of which seem quite nominal things but to me, it’s all about the detail. One thing that baffled me about our flat is that only one room had a light in the ceiling, the rest were on the walls! So right now works happening to put spotlights in the bathroom, a centre light in the living room and lights in the kitchen. You wouldn’t believe how much work goes into making this happen. Perhaps that’s why the previous owners didn’t bother changing the lights, who knows!

The plasterer is in on Tuesday morning to start with the bathroom and then onto the rest of the flat. Honestly I can’t wait for the plastering to be over because it means most of the messy work is done and in my mind – the more fun stuff begins. It means we can start to rebuild our house!

So back to my original question – why do we renovate? Because at the end of it all you get what you want. Not only do you get a sense of self-fulfilment (I am sure Tom will get a lot more of that than me as he is doing most of the work) but you have a house that is completely yours.

I’ll let you know how I feel when it’s done but for now I’m off to source a ceiling rose and kitchen worktops while Tom fits the new boiler. Wish us luck!!

Have any of you been through renovation works? How did you feel? Give me some hope!





  1. abbeylouisarose
    10/04/2017 / 4:07 pm

    How exciting to be on the way to creating your dream home! It sounds like you and Tom complement each other really well with the designing process, you like the details and he is focussed on the big picture! I hope it turns out exactly as you dreamed!

    Abbey 😘

  2. 10/04/2017 / 4:37 pm

    Hi, I’ve not done a whole house just kitchen and bathroom together. It was s nightmare but so worth it in the end #TeacupClub

    • Holly
      10/04/2017 / 8:52 pm

      The kitchen is enough in my opinion! I bet it looks lovely. Thanks for the reassurance xx

  3. 10/04/2017 / 8:09 pm

    How exciting! I wish I had the patience to do a full renovation like this – I’m already impatient with our fixer upper which looks much more cosmetic in comparison. Good luck with it all, I’m sure it’ll be amazing once finished and you’ll be glad you did it 🙂

    • Holly
      10/04/2017 / 8:51 pm

      Thanks lovely! I’m definitely. It being patient 🙂 just keep reminding myself of the end result! X

  4. 10/04/2017 / 10:12 pm

    Well I can not wait to see what it is like when you are a done. I seriously want to build my own house. my aunty just recently bought a house that needs a lot changing and they are going a time slowly slowly x
    Lola Mia //

    • Holly
      11/04/2017 / 12:42 pm

      Thanks Lola! Wow. Building a house would be an achievement and a very big project! Hope your aunties house work goes well! Xx

  5. 12/04/2017 / 7:22 am

    Yay this is so exciting! I feel your pain, I still live with my parents and they recently ripped our house apart to start from scratch – it’s a pain but is so worth it in the end! Can’t wait to see the finished photos!

  6. 22/04/2017 / 7:08 am

    I’m sure it’ll look amazing by the end of it all! I can’t believe there are no ceiling lights though – that’s so weird! I grew up with my parents renovating houses, so I always love things like this. It’s always amazing to see things from when you started to when you’ve finished and how much has changed. Good Luck!
    xo April | April Everyday

    • Holly
      22/04/2017 / 7:29 am

      Thanks April and my fingers are crossed! It’s progressing well, I am just holding on to the thought of it being finished 🙂 xx

  7. 24/04/2017 / 4:45 pm

    I’ve not been through any yet sadly but would love to! I totally agree that making a home all yours is so important. I’m so picky I’d want it to be mine down to a t 🙂

  8. 24/04/2017 / 6:20 pm

    Renovating your house is such a great adventure! And you can shape it the way you want! I want pics when it is finished! xx corinne

  9. 28/04/2017 / 5:39 pm

    So lovely !! I’d love to see the final look hun hoping you share it with us. Thank you so much for sharing this with us! Dominica from London, xXx

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