Back in 2011, Dan and I purchased our first home together. It was a small house but nevertheless a big and quite daunting, albeit exciting, project.
The house needed so much work doing to it. I don’t think we quite knew what we were getting ourselves into! It had been left empty for quite some time, which certainly hadn’t helped matters.
This was the sight that greeted us when we first walked into our new home. We were cold, we had no heating and all we could smell was smoke. The joys of buying our first home!
Similarly to the other rooms in the house, there wasn’t a single thing about the living room that I liked. Everything was falling apart, dirty and covered in a thick layer of nicotine. It was the least welcoming of living rooms I think I have ever been inside!
You can read about the journey to transform this room in my living room makeover post.
Moving onto the kitchen and the cupboards were literally falling apart, there was wooden panelling on the other side of the room that made it look dark and tiny, and not forgetting the super sticky floor. Perfect!
We knew that everything in the kitchen would have to go and we would be starting from scratch.
See what we did after ripping everything out in my kitchen makeover post.
As is pretty clear from this photo, the bathroom also needed a total re-fit.
We found it a little odd that the shower was in the middle of the bath (you can just see it peeking out from behind the door). We decided straight away that it would be better if the bath was moved so that the shower could be placed on the wall next to the door, if possible. The shower would then be at the end of the bath over the taps, so that we could install a regular shower screen.
It always makes me laugh spotting the air fresheners dotted around the house that didn’t disguise the smell of smoke or dirt one bit!
Check out my bathroom progress post to see how we got on with the bathroom renovating.
Next, we have our very sad looking bedroom. It also looked very small, so we were a little concerned about how much room we’d have in there after we put a double bed inside.
The floor needed replacing, as did the radiator and the light, and well, pretty much everything, just like every other room in the house.
You can read about the progress we’ve been making in my master bedroom progress post.
The spare room is also very small and the colour of the walls didn’t help the feeling of lack of space. As well as the blue on the walls that you can see here, there were also orange walls and yellow wallpaper too.
I’m not entirely sure what the dark piece of wood is from, but whatever it was, it went into the skip like pretty much everything else!
Renovating the spare room wasn’t something we prioritised when we moved in, but we’ve since done a lot of work to transform it.
The back garden didn’t really resemble a garden. It was just two patios surrounded by weeds and little else. The rear of the garage, which can be seen in the left of this photo, is inside the garden and adds even more ugliness to the picture.
Our plan from the get-go was firstly to create a back lawn and add a border of plants at the very rear of the garden. You can see how we made a start with this in my transforming our back garden post.
I decided to save the best until last, I feel. Here is the light fitting that was in the living room when we got the keys. Do you see that white blob towards the left? That’s chewing gum. And those small black bits all over it? They’re dead flies. Whilst I’m not afraid of cleaning anything, that light fixture was heading straight for the skip!
You can see the missing spindle from the staircase in this photo too. Yet another thing on the mammoth to-do list.
We couldn’t wait to get stuck into sorting out our house and turning it into a home. Pretty much everything needed ripping out, replacing and cleaning. Fully functioning central heating wouldn’t go amiss either. We had a lot do.
As I’m sure you can imagine, the next few months of working on our first home were extremely busy!