making a raised bed planter

These raised beds were made as part of the Grands Garden project. I, John, made 5 raised beds in total of various sizes below:H47.5cm D90cm L120cmH47.5cm D90cm L150cmH47.5cm D90cm L180cmH47.5cm D90cm L300cmH47.5cm D90cm L300cm I used reclaimed scaffold boards as they are not only good for the environment but they also work out cheaper. The downside however is it takes a little time prepping the wood before it can be used. Materials:Scaffold boards 22.5cm thickness47x47mm timber posts65mm decking screws Tools:Mitre sawTable sawOrbital sanderImpact driverDrill Clamps Spirit level I started off…

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the grands residence garden reveal

Would you say that we have become uncertified garden designers? Well, you may have seen, we have transformed our parents’ typical London garden and this blog post is all about the reveal. Before I share more on how we did it, I want to give you a little dow low on it all. Covid had very few benefits and one for us was the ability to transform our garden. My mother stayed with us from February due to health issues, lockdown came at such a time as this! She babysat…

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our marble bathroom tour: before and after

Hello (English) / Amaharo (Kurundi) / Amadi (Efik) / Bawo ni (Yoruba) from our finished bathroom (sans styling)! When we reflect back on how our bathroom used to be and how it is now, it gives us joy! I’m so delighted to share a tour of our bathroom now and look back to where we started. The bathroom was one of the first places we completed renovating and was probably our biggest challenge as interior novices. For us, as stated in our video, the bathroom concept is all about sanctuary…

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family bathroom inspiration

As you saw in my before bathroom tour, the bathroom needed some serious modern loving. Frankly, I wasn’t sure turning on the dated shower mixer would be wise, either would it be safe to brush our teeth using water from led pipes. However, I will be honest, the project did scare me a bit. The thought of just replacing the bath wasn’t cutting it either, but thank goodness for Pinterest and Houzz. Our family bathroom was inspired by this Classic Romanic bathroom gorgeousness by McAlpine. The bathroom didn’t get to…

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house before tour: the bathroom + upstairs wc

Our bathroom before was a pretty functional space, expected of somewhere that had it’s last renovation pre 1970s. It had a pretty large tub, blue tiles which were quite dated but I kind of liked. However, the tiles were just on the perimeter of the bath and the sink. If it wasn’t for the lead pipes, we would have used it until we were able to renovate it. Back on the tiles, I did like the little tile soap tray! I think this bathroom could have been made bigger with…

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house before tour: the garden

How blessed is this space? Wide, and full of potential to play! How do I describe the garden? The space was arranged in very low but super wide raised beds, perfect for someone who is super experienced at gardening. However, we are yet to gain our green thumb shiny gold badge, hence, we had to transform this space! This garden has so many outbuildings! A shed, two mini looking outbuildings and two garages. We were also blessed with a whole host of beautiful shrubs and trees including a Camellia tree…

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house before tour: the kitchen/ breakfast nook

Personally, the kitchen was odd. I guess the layout didn’t help, but the placement of the cabinets felt very disjointed. The kitchen certainly had this very functional utility feel to it. One thing I loved though was the little pantry room next to the sink and under the stairs, as well as the really high ceiling. Behind the cabinet is a fireplace. It’s a shame it is all boarded away. To the left of the fireplace housed a huge water tank. And, the floor was carpeted! A big no no.…

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