Okay so I’ve been completely and utterly useless at posting recently. But it’s been for a good reason – we’ve moved house! I can’t wait to show you our new home, but first I wanted to do a house tour of the home we’ve left behind to begin a new chapter. After trying to make this post into a full house tour, as the house was really very small, I realised it was still going to a mammoth post. Not wanting to bore you all crazy, I thought separating it out into 2 posts would be a better idea. So here is a house tour of our first home part 1.
We moved into our first home nearly 7 years ago and it’s undergone so many changes in that time. It was a real fixer upper of a house, needing a great deal of work before we could even move in. Take a peek at my first ever post to see all of the before photos and how bad it really was! I’ll share some of them below so you can get an idea of the how different each room looked.
Knowing that we wouldn’t be staying in this house forever, for various reasons, we wanted to make the house into a really comfortable and pleasant space to live but without spending a huge amount of money.
Here is what we achieved.
Living room before
Living room after
With the house being so small, we made the best of the space available in every room. Many of the tricks I’ve used I wrote about in the post how to make a small house feel bigger.
Because there’s no hallway, we turned the small section by the front door into a little storage space for coats and shoes. I wrote a post about finding shoe storage for a small space.
Upcycling old items is a great way to save some serious money and the white storage unit was saved from the bin by white paint and wicker baskets.
I’ve been slowly trying to bring in a more modern look and the black glossy TV unit is one of my favourite purchases ever.
Read about our living room progress from the beginning on my living room makeover progress post.
We fitted a whole new kitchen when we got the house and Dan tiled the walls and laid new flooring. This was probably the room we spent the most money on, as we had to buy all new appliances, as well as new cupboards, sink, worktops etc.
Not much has changed over the years since we did all of the initial work, apart from new bits and pieces we’ve added over time.
Back garden before
Back garden after
One thing I definitely miss about the old house is the back garden. We put a lot of work into improving it.
Not wanting our garden to just consist of 2 patio areas, we chose to lay turf and have a border of plants at the back as our first step in transforming the garden. This made such an impact to the look of the garden.
Next step was replacing the patio and building a brick wall, which I later painted white. We also painted the garage in magnolia masonry paint, which made such a big improvement to the seriously ugly grey pebbledash it was originally.
We saved so much money by doing a lot of the work ourselves. Similarly to every room inside the house, we also completely revamped every part of the garden. I think the only thing that has remained the same is some of the fence panels.
Thankfully we have a good size garden at our new house, which I can’t wait to get stuck into improving, as it will need quite a lot of work. Here we go again!
Come and take a look around the top floor of our old house.