We bought a family 3 bed in suburban London and we are trying our best to turn it into a comfortable family home, where the little ones can grow.
The house was built in 1926, pebble dashed on the outside. Internal wise, it had some unique features, such as panelled ceilings. However, the decor seemed to have halted in the 1970s. It felt bigger and more spacious than all the properties we had seen during our house search. It had lovely bay and double fronted windows, 2 garages and a few other out buildings providing us with ample space to meet our storage needs. Plus all the rooms were double rooms.
It was definitely love at first sight. Even before seeing the property, we had the feeling it was the one just belt viewing the pictures online. As we walked down the street on the day of the viewing, we had good vibes and once we took on look at the inside, it was sealed – we were home!
The location of the property is sandwich between three peaceful woodland/forests, perfect for taking the kids to learn foraging etc. Additionally, it has potential for expansion to the sides, back and to the loft. We saw past the dated decor and saw the opportunity to really put our stamp on it and make it work for a growing family.
The previous owner, who was the original owner, really looked after her space, in particularly the garden. We aim to carry on the garden legacy, and teach our little ones the value of nature by getting their hands involved with growing food and flowers.
Initially, when we bought it, we planned to fix up the space room by room, however, we couldn’t really live with lead pipes and no central heating. Hence, whilst we didn’t spend a ton of cash on the structure of the house, the bathroom and kitchen got the full renovation. Also, we put new flooring throughout, moved walls, expanded doorways, and put in new stairs. We rewired. We plastered. Yes, it was worth it! Even though it was a lot of work with a 2 year old toddler and a baby on the way then. It was madness galore, a steep learning curve but renovating was full of comfort, tears, confidence boosting and joy.
We hope to share our journey through this blog on how we went about renovating our home. We will also be sharing what we are currently up to now th main renovation is semi complete, plus all the amazing projects we’ve got planned in the future, so keep your eyes peeled!
Finally we have separated our before tours into little sections so go ahead and have a nose.