When Paul and I moved into our house around 13 years ago now we never in a million years thought we would fill it. With 4 bedrooms and at the time being only 2 of us it seemed ridiculously huge but it made sense to buy it – well it was actually an accident we did. Paul’s parents lived here before us and they were just about to move into a new house when their buyer pulled out, in danger of loosing their dream home Paul took out a mortgage on this house with plans to sell it on.
Of course seeing as we have been here for around 13 years that obviously didn’t happen. We got engaged and it seemed only natural to move into the house which was sitting empty.
Within a year we got Barney, our rescue dog. Barney was left tied up to a bus stop a week before Christmas and just slotted into our lives perfectly, of course Paul thought it would stop me from becoming broody and it worked for a while, we got married and then after lots of heartache and years of trying Emmy came along and our house began to fill up rather quickly.
Over the years we have been slowly going around the house updating, replacing or even upcycling items to make the house look and feel our own. Knowing we are unlikely to move any time soon as well there is no real need and we certainly don’t need to upsize we have been able to take our time, although it is far more leisurely than I would have liked if I’m honest.
There are a few things I would really like to change in our house now – the kitchen and bathrooms are the biggest of those jobs.
Our HUGE kitchen with loads of storage which I never dreamed would be filled, soon over-filled with essential gadgets and other whim purchases which are rarely used and no matter how often I rearrange the cupboards they still over fill. One of my favourite rooms in the house and the place I spend the most time in when friends come over (why is it that you always congregate in kitchens at parties or gatherings?).
While I love this large space in the summer; in winter, although the second largest room in the house, it can feel small, both due to the lighting and the bushes in the garden obscuring the view and natural light. It has a large window and a glass door but it can feel a little enclosed at times. With Paul’s family business being an architectural company, we have been talking about making some changes to this room, which was extended when Paul’s parents lived here. We are looking into converting the ceiling within the extension part of our kitchen to a vaulted ceiling – this would make the room look and feel even bigger and by adding roof windows it would bring more light into the room.
Both my upstairs bathroom and the downstairs shower room need painting and updating now, a job I’ve put off for far too long mainly due to cost but having recently been browsing SuperBath I really want to bump these jobs up the to do list – after all I spend enough time in these rooms either cleaning up after the kids, cleaning them or even hiding away for 5 minutes peace and quiet – I know I’m not the only one to go to the bathroom to grab 5 minutes away from the kids….especially in the summer holidays!
Upstairs is a simple job of sanding down the units and repainting, the paint has chipped away and it looks awful but it is amazing the power a quick paint can make to a room, the ceiling needs repainting and the coving is a purple colour which I plan to change to a teal colour to brighten up. New accessories such as a teal bath mat, towels and maybe some fake flowers and it should look lovely once again, although looking at the Villeroy and boch vanity units they really made me want to rip out all the units and replace with these beautifully modern sets instead.
The shower room is a bigger job sadly and will require far more money, there is an off white toilet and basin which need to come out – they are that beige colour which just looks horrid and I feel that white would help to brighten up a small space far better – the Villeroy and boch venticello range has really caught my eye while browsing and window shopping (that’s the best kind of shopping isn’t it?)
I also need to rip out the shower completely, retile and replace the shower tray and add a new shower. Our current one leaks so drips constantly, unfortunately it isn’t a brand which changing a washer fixes and the whole unit needs replacing so while at it I would love a more powerful one which actually feels like it is cleaning you instead of dripping over your head!
Are there any major or minor improvements you would like to make within your house?