All go on the garage

This week Donald, Jerry and John (Jerry’s dad) have been working away with joiners Gus and Kevin to build our new garage and office.  In only 3 days there has been fantastic progress with the frame built, roof on and doors in place.  Also Donald has dug the trench for the electric cable and John has been removing the tiles in the bathroom ready for the project there next week.

Tonight was the first time I have seen the garage for myself and it is looking great.  The sloped roof and the overhanging section over the office work really well and I can’t wait to see it all clad in the larch wood.

The garage is gone!

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On Saturday we arrived back from a lovely week’s holiday in the Lake district and Wales.  This was only the second time camping with Eva but she was great.

After camping in the lakes we went down to Wales to visit my best friend Lisa and her boyfriend Dean in their new home.  Lisa also has a chocolate labrador called Glo and Eva had the time of her life, playing all day.

The holiday we knew was our only week in a very busy summer to switch off so all thoughts of the projects on the house were put to the back of our minds.

Arriving back we got straight to action putting up an ad offering the garage for free to anyone who could dismantle it.

We were a bit taken aback by the number of responses that evening so we thought it was worth seeing if the first one to reply could take it down the next day.

It was a big ask but at 11 o’clock David arrived, a young guy who wanted to make his own workshop from the timber, with a whole team of helpers. By 6 o’clock the site was completely clear and our garden 3 metres wider than we’d ever seen it.

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The site is now ready for the new building which is going up in only a week and a half!

Sunday’s project – Recover the dining chairs

Sunday's project - Recover the dining chairs

Fun red print fabric with apple trees.

I love the variety of the print design there are lots of little details to spot – fallen apples and birds nesting in the trees.

Wouldn’t it be nice?

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Say bye bye red carpet and hello to wooden floors.

The holidays are here and so the next project has started.   This is the biggest change we’ve made to the house as we’ve taking up the carpet in the hall, living and dining room.

There is lots to do aside from the flooring there will be new skirting boards and doors.  Needless to say we’ll be getting some help on the joinery front!  For now our job is to remove all the furniture so we can get the carpet out and be ready to start flooring next week.

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Rip it up!

One year on

Well this post is a little late as we got the keys on 5th August last year. It was a whirlwind summer we got married on 7th July then we only had a week following our honeymoon to pack up and move. Then we had a week before school started.

This year has been fantastic. We love this house and whilst it takes some much time and work to decorate I wouldn’t change it. We’re slowly working our way through the house. So here’s where we are one year on.

First off through the front door there is the hall. It is still waiting for an update and definitely needs more storage!

Then the hallway leads into the living room.

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Living room we’ve done walls but looking forward to getting the new flooring and sofas in place.

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Dining room is looking a lot smarter with painted walls and new blind.

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Kitchen with new flooring, dishwasher and red accessories to add some colour.

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I love the long window above the sink.

Then upstairs first off the yellow bathroom.

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Then the guestroom (also home to all my crafting stuff and Donald’s guitars!)

I setup the guitars and records cover frames as a present for Donald’s birthday so I couldn’t resist putting a birthday message in the frames.

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Finally Donald’s office (formerly my craft room).  Donald is working at home regularly now so we’re very grateful for all the storage space in this Ikea desk.

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