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December 2014

December 2014

May & July 2015

May & July 2015 and May 2016

April 2015

April 2015

In 2009 whilst living and working in Canada, we bought our first family home, a dilapidated hundred year-old bungalow on the Sussex coast. We carried out some work immediately in order to make it habitable (phase 1!) then rented it while we were overseas. During this time, in order to give us as many options as possible, we obtained planning permission to demolish it and build an entirely new house…. but that was not to be!

In February 2013 after a bit more globe-trotting, we were finally able to move into the house ourselves and after pouring over budgets we ruled out a total rebuild and set about exploring other options.

Inspired by our 2 years living in Canada, we commissioned an architect to add a first floor to the bungalow and redesign the exterior in a New England style, keeping the original footprint, but replacing (and sometimes moving) windows and doors whilst rendering and cladding the whole exterior. Planning permission was granted in July 2013 and the project begun at the beginning of March 2014 and finished on time and on budget in July 2014.

Although the second and biggest phase of work on the house is now complete, there are still many jobs left to do. The garden needs a lot of work and there are still some internal modifications on the old ground floor that need to be made. Our family home will be a lifetime project and we wouldn’t want it any other way!

The posts below guide you through the build up to the work, the remodel itself and the home decor projects after the build.


My She-Shed makeover – Part one

Over the Easter holidays we’ve been doing a much needed makeover of my She Shed. Although it was only built twoView full post »


£5 wicker chair makeover with spray chalk paint

If you’ve been following this blog for a while you’ll know that I’m quite a fan of chalk paint andView full post »


Big gardening project finally complete!

Last week we finally completed the work on a big makeover project in our garden that we started nearly two yearsView full post »


Home office room tour

Since our building work was completed I have had the luxury of having a room in the house whose sole purpose is as anView full post »


New chairs for the kitchen…

I’ll let you into a secret, I have a bit of a thing for chairs. I have been secretly collecting them for years.View full post »


Inside my She-Shed

There can’t be a woman anywhere who doesn’t fancy the idea of a She-Shed. A little place to escape from theView full post »


A plan for our bedroom…

Last weekend we finally started the journey of transforming our bedroom from bland to errrr… boudoir? IfView full post »


En-suite bathroom tour

A few weeks ago I gave you a tour of our main family bathroom and now it’s the turn of our en-suite ThisView full post »


Planning our dream bedroom…

Our bedroom is currently a very blank canvas. This is for two reasons, firstly indecision about what we want to do withView full post »


Our nautical bathroom tour…

After a week of hard work another room in the house is almost complete and I’m really thrilled with how it hasView full post »


Our living room : Before & After

A month has gone by since we moved back into the house and I’ve been teasing you with talk of sharing internalView full post »


5 remodel overspends that paid off…

Last week I was interviewed by a journalist for an article that Self Build & Design magazine are going to beView full post »


External house photos – before and after

On Friday the final bit of external work was completed on our house and that means I can at last show you some beforeView full post »


Where we’ve been sleeping…

For the last few months I have been a little evasive about where exactly we’ve been sleeping during the massiveView full post »


The last push…

Before I have a whinge, I would like to say that I fully realise we are luckier than most. In a few weeks we shall beView full post »


3 weeks to go : The highs and lows of a house remodel

I thought it was a good time for a little recap on our building works. The builders have been here for nearly 4 monthsView full post »


First look at the new exterior of our house…

Three and a half months ago we started a complete remodel of our 100 year-old bungalow. This is what it looked like inView full post »


House remodel : Progress report

I have already forgotten how many weeks have gone by since we started the house remodel. It feels like a lifetimeView full post »


We’ve got stairs! (the evolution of our hall)

Our hall has literally and metaphorically been central to our house remodel. It’s the first thing I saw when weView full post »


House remodel : Week 7

Oops – It appears I missed a week last week! We are currently going through one of those stages of the buildView full post »


House remodel : Week 4

Today marks the one month point of our house remodel. At the moment we are running pretty much to schedule, if notView full post »


The 4 homes that got us to where we are today…

Although I tend to steer away from writing long blog posts, I recently read a great post about a fellowView full post »


House remodel week 2 : Someone stole our roof!

I think we’ve just reached that stage of a house build where people start panicking about their buildersView full post »


House remodel : Week one

We have survived the first 8 days of our house remodel and we’re still smiling, helped enormously by theView full post »


4 weeks to go – And I’m dreaming of a slate roof!

This week we have had some really exciting news. The one area of our build that I really felt we were compromising onView full post »


5 weeks to go – And something exciting has been ordered for the garden!

With five weeks to go before our build begins things are really starting to pick up a pace. I met with the HarbourView full post »


Renovation countdown – 7 weeks to go

Last weekend we started work clearing everything in preparation for the builders arriving on site in 7 weeks time. WhatView full post »


The year of the build!

After many months of build-up we started 2014 by spending today viewing static caravans. I was disproportionatelyView full post »


One small step along the home renovation road…

This morning we finally made the first very tentative step towards implementing our grand plan for the house.  If IView full post »

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