So What Next?


It’s been a little while since I updated our next house plans. To be honest I think we’re still reeling from having our electrics corrected which of course was a job that needed doing but cost a lot of money and hasn’t actually improved the appearance of the house in any way.

Thankfully our next two jobs are booked in they’re a lot more fun than electrics! First, we’re replacing the floor in our second spare room – out with the existing carpet and in with the same wood floor we’ve fitted in the office. We’ve got two spare rooms on the first floor, the one at the front will be our proper guest room one day but is currently full of gym equipment and a lot of Pete’s things. The back spare room has had a mini-makeover already but we’ve been waiting to get stuck into bigger projects in that room.

Sometimes renovating is a bit like those slidy plastic puzzles and things have to be done in a certain order. Once the new floor and skirting goes into the back bedroom, we can then have cupboards built in the alcoves on either side of the chimney breast which we’ll then use to house Pete’s CD collection. Which is somewhere around 3,000 and currently fill massive plastic crates everywhere. That will free up space in the front room and the garage so that the gym equipment can move into the garage and we can then start working on the front bedroom which will definitely need re-plastering. Baby steps.


New office flooring which we’ll add to both first floor bedrooms

The next work we have booked in is to have the house re-rendered. Being a 1930’s semi, the bottom half is brick and the top half is render which is cracked to high heaven and letting in water all over the place. So the walls will be stripped back, cracks repaired and new render applied before a lovely white paint to replace the dirty yellowy-cream. I can’t wait to see how different it looks. That’s happening in June and will be another little step forward in adding kerb appeal to our home.


The house when we bought it

the house front

Street view improvements bit-by-bit – new period-style windows, plantation shutters, outside light and door number.

It would also be lovely to continue to make improvements to our back garden. Eventually we’d love it to be landscaped but that’s a long way off and in the meantime our wonderful neighbours have started to add a proper fence between us so we’ll be able to pull up all the overgrown bushes and start over. If you’re look for some great outdoor tips take a look at this Houseology feature where myself and other bloggers are talking about what we’d love for our ideal outside space.

And for something a little unrelated…I’m so thrilled to have been chosen as Fire Label’s ‘Best Dressed Dish 2016‘! I submitted the gluten-free pizza I made recently at a blogging event and it was picked as the winner. For someone who is definitely not a cook or baker by any means I’m delighted.

Onwards and upwards in 2016, the year is flying by but it’s so much fun.

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  1. April 17, 2016 / 9:31 pm

    Congrats on the ‘best dressed dish’ accolade! You can see the difference already to what you’ve done to the outside of the house, and when it’s painted in June it will look even more fab. Things like electrics are boring, so it’s nice when you start to see visual changes and progress once again! x

    • Lins
      April 21, 2016 / 11:50 am

      Thank you Becky, yes I have to confess I’m really looking forward to seeing something with a difference that’s for sure! X

  2. April 18, 2016 / 8:34 pm

    Ohh, I can’t wait to see what your house will look like with lovely new white render. I bet it’ll be almost unrecognisable.

    • Lins
      April 21, 2016 / 11:49 am

      Me neither, I really love thinking about the exterior as much as the interior even though we never really see it but I still want to do my road proud 🙂 X

  3. Alice Bayfield
    April 19, 2016 / 3:56 pm

    Ahh I love reading other people’s DIY posts, I’ve just put our first one up as we’ve practically finished the bathroom and it’s exciting to share the transformations! Gosh it takes a long time doing improvements though, I feel your pain! Alice xx

    • Lins
      April 20, 2016 / 10:46 am

      You know I think until you actually go down the route of home improvement, you can never really understand how involved it is!! It feels like the slightest things take us forever but it is definitely worth it in the end. I’m off to have a peep at your bathroom post now! Xx

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