Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Four years of blood, sweat, tears and chocolate

Followers of this blog will know that for four years I have been project managing the renovation of our house. Not only that, I have been very hands on with a lot of the renovations and am on first name terms with the assistants in the local DIY shops. There is nothing I don't know about heat guns, decorator's caulk or cutting in!

Well, I have some news.

After four years of hard work and heartache the inside of our house is finally finished!!

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It all started in October 2006 when we bought the house, had it completely rewired and had all new windows fitted. You can see why:

(original 1950s wiring, no earth, rubber conduit and wooden back boxes!)

(most of the windows looked liked this and that box is an ancient burglar alarm system which had wires running all over the house along every skirting and round every door frame - nightmare to remove)


Then the hard work started as we worked our way through each room totally changing it from a tired old house to a lovely modern family home.

Virtually every room had to be gutted, replastered and a new radiator fitted before being redecorated and new carpets fitted.

Some jobs needed professionals: electricians, plumbers, fitters, plasterers, etc, but all of the decorating was done by me.

There isn't an inch of skirting board, architrave, windowledge, wall or door I haven't painted in this house now!

Over the next few posts I'm going to show before and after photos of the rooms, in the order in which we renovated them, as record of ...

...."The Transfomation of No 23"

11 comments:

Kelloggsville said...

Yay! well done and I am looking forward to ooooing and ahhhhing my way through the next few posts :0)

Maggie May said...

Pleased that you are finished at last. Congratulations and looking forward to some pictures.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

cheshire wife said...

Congratulations! You have beaten us. We have only been at it for six years and have one room left to do plus some jobs outside. Once we have that one room decorated we need to start again with the decorating.

Alcoholic Daze (ADDY) said...

Maybe I'll pick up some tips!!!!

Michelle said...

Definately looking forward to seeing rh pics. Well done on it all being completed. What will you do now??? lol Mich x

@ly said...

Renovations are gruesome. We had windows, siding, roof and porches enclosed in glass windows done and ugh...by time it was done, I was jumping for joy. Now, we need to do the inside and I DREAD it. Maybe I will move somewhere else while it is being done!!! A hotel?
Congrats and enjoy.

auntiegwen said...

OOh good, I'm looking forward to the house porn :)

Sarah said...

Respect! The toughest part of starting a renovating job is finishing it!

Working Mum said...

Cheshire Wife - I think we need to start again, daughter's room is a bit babyish for her now and a bit grubby so I might do that soon, but it won't be anywhere near as big a job as last time.

Michelle - We still have the outside to do: drive, patio, paths, porch, bay, lawns, borders, etc......

Polly said...

What a wonderful feeling. I look forward to seeing the posts about your reno's.

Jacki said...

I am looking forward to seeing the pictures and reading about it all...off I go!