August 14, 2017

INTERIORS | Our New House and the Plan

We've moved! We only just finished our last renovation project, but the time was right.

The new house is tired and in need of a lot of attention, but we know underneath it is a gem. The house is a 1950's three-bedroom semi-detached and mid-century is a style of architecture and design we really love.

The house (taken before we moved in by the Estate Agent):

The plan:

One of the first things we did on moving day was to peel back the carpet in the sitting room. We were so pleased to find the original parquet, which we're hoping to restore. I'm really hoping that it is in decent condition throughout the sitting and dining room, though we'll have to wait until we can remove the carpet in full to find out.

One of my favourite things about the space is the large living area downstairs. The sitting room is at the back of the house, with a large picture window and sliding doors looking out onto the garden. This is such a shift for us, as our last living room looked out onto the street so didn't feel that private.

The first big job will be to replace all of the windows. We'll keep the sliding doors for now, as they've cleaned up and work perfectly well. The rest of the house still has the original Crittal windows and the designs are beautiful. It's a real shame to remove them but they leak heat and are rusted beyond repair with some broken panes too. We need double glazing and have decided on a slim contemporary UPVC profile, to maximise the glass and make the most of the light. Hopefully this should be done in the next month or so.

The other big projects are to replace the kitchen and bathroom. Both are very tired and need modernising. We also need to update the electrics - there is only one socket in each room, plus the actual cables are original to when the house was built, so they need to be replaced. The garden is pretty much a blank canvas. I'm sure it was loved once, but now it is very overgrown with lots of sheds, a pond and lots of paving.

Otherwise, the rest of the renovation is mainly cosmetic. We'll be using white on the walls throughout, with plenty of natural wood and lots of plants. We've been storing a vintage String shelving set for four years - a bargain eBay find - so it'll be great to get this out again. I think our Ercol pieces will work really well in the space too.

I'll post more about our progress so far in upcoming posts, but we've been busy! So far we've knocked down and rebuilt a wall - it wasn't supported properly before - and started to add some of the additional sockets and replaced radiators. We've also stripped the wallpaper from two of the bedrooms. The last owners really loved their wallpaper - thick, patterned and painted. They also knew how to hang it properly with plenty of adhesive, so we have already spent several days fighting with it. They also hung it on the ceiling. In every room. Sigh.

By the way - I've set up a Pinterest account for the blog and I'd love for you to follow along over there too. There is a dedicated board for the new house, which I'll keep updating with our inspiration for the project as we go.

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