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I am today showing you our renovated home. I used to watch all the renovated home shows that you find on channel 4. But doing one yourselves is hard work. We moved into an old council home that was lived in by a brother and sister. And it needed a total renovation. We had to replace the roof, put central heating in, new electrics and remove two bathrooms. Yes, we had one on both ground and first floor. These are a few photos we took when we decided to buy it. The brother and sister had moved out and left it empty for showings.
This was the bathroom upstairs with a cast iron bath. When we moved in, the bath was unusable. The bath had to be broken up to be removed. This was one of the first things that we did after the roof was replaced and central heating put in.
We had a very small lounge and a very large dining room. We actually slept in this room for a good part of six to nine months, while we were having work done upstairs. All our possessions were still packed up and we worked full time while all the renovations took place. If you have ever done a renovation and lived through it. You know exactly what I mean when I say there was always dust and dirt everywhere. Floorboards were taken up, looking back it was a nightmare.
We could not agree for such a long time, whether to have a lounge/diner or a kitchen diner. In the end, my husband decided, while I was out with family one day. I came home to find the wall removed and the rubbish taken away to the tip. I was shell shocked and again speechless. And that does not happen very often.
The downstairs bathroom was pink and I used this for a year. This was the first room we tackled after we had moved upstairs. This was roughly a year after we brought the house. We knew this was going to be our utility room, to hold our washing machine and dry our clothes. Except now the cats have taken it over. It is their room now.
The kitchen was horrible and we both knew we wanted to replace this as soon as we were able. We eventually did this finally starting eighteen months after we brought our home.
I would love to do a renovated home again. But my husband has said that he would not. But you never know. This house is perfect for us. It just needed a larger garden and a garage next door. Maybe our next house will have everything we need.