Today’s blog post is a reflection of both Mine and Aaron’s experience of not only buying a house, but completely renovating it. I’m not going to lie, the process was long and stressful. However, it was by far the best project I have ever seen through to the end, and we reap the rewards every day. On several occasions over the last year, I have debated writing into a Home Magazine telling them our story because it’s got everything a journey should have, both struggles and triumphs.
The story so far – on the 17th April 2014 at 1pm we completed and exchanged on the sale of our very first house together. Aaron was working away in Florida at the time, and maybe that was a sign for what was to come.
Buying a house is all very romantical, so when your other half is miles away it’s all a bit emotional – or it was for me. I promised Aaron that I wouldn’t go to the house until he was home, where we could spend our first night like a couple of squatters in sleeping bags. I did upload on Facebook an obligatory keys-in-hand photo though.
With my promise to Aaron made, my Dad and Brother stepped in to check everything was ship, shape and shiny. Well it would be more appropriate to say sh*t, shoddy and not shiny! Dad called me to say the house was a dumping ground and I was round there like a shot. Queue the continual sobbing (along with a broken promise to Aaron).
Be warned – these photos are not blog worthy and to this day I am embarrassed by them – even though it wasn’t our mess!
It’s all getting a bit graphic now isn’t it? Don’t worry, two massive skips and TWENTY-something dump runs later and we’d made some serious progress. However playing stig of the dump delayed our schedule by 2-weeks, and not to mention cost us quite a bit in unexpected Skip Hire.
Finally we were left with a workable Brick Skeleton, and we tackled one task at a time.
Ok, so that’s the last of the Ugly!
We are both very fortunate to have supportive Families, and my Dad in-particular ran the show as he knows the trade better than anyone. He is the Trade!
In 5 months we managed to turn it around and transform the house completely into something perfect. Before I insert a few pictures, I have three tips for anyone thinking of renovating a house.
Tip 1 – Focus on one room at a time. I didn’t, and I got myself into a house-related pickle!
Tip 2 – Shop Online! Yes, you could go to your local Topps Tiles, but the online market is so accessible. I ordered our Tiles from TileMountain.co.uk, and they were amazing quality at a fantastic price. I also used Ebay to source my Steel Metal Bannister and other bits and pieces.
Tip 3 – Try and rope in as many people as you can to help – no job is too small, or no person is too small. We had a 9-year old on site occasionally! Tea, Biscuits and Chocolate Bars make for very happy workers – but that should really be Tip 4!
So without further a due, here is our final pictures. If you have recently undergone a renovation I’d love to see your photos in return! x