26 February 2015


I'm getting a few subtle hints ....
(actually not that subtle, rather more like blatant, honest remarks)
that I'm 'dragging my heels' taking too long in showing the final reveal of the kitchen and utility rooms.

So, I've decided to do things slightly different and show them now, 
then save the updates of details etc for later posts.

Here goes then......ta dah!!!!!...........


(below) The utility room ...


What do you think of the finished renovations?  
I would love to hear from you.

23 February 2015


The kitchen is complete...yay! 

Now time is spent finding new and exciting 'bits and bobs' to put in it.  
Some more practical and some not so...

Something we needed desperately were tea towels.  
This one was found on a trip recently in Amsterdam at Sissy Boy.

The black wooden stars are less practical but look lovely sitting on the concrete worktop.

18 February 2015


Our daughter was woken by loud chirping noises coming from her chimney - 
it's not uncommon for Jackdaws to build their nests on top of chimneys with sticks and twigs, 
which often fall down them - bird included.

The chimney had been sealed off with a board when we renovated the room, mainly because of the mess that the birds had caused in the past. 
We couldn't leave this one stuck up the chimney to die, 
so the board was removed, dust sheets draped...

bird pulled out and rescued....
(funny how my daughter has a bird on her t-shirt this morning!!!)

It flew off out of the window. 
A few minutes later it was back on top of the chimney - 
hopefully not to repeat its adventure again!!

13 February 2015


'Shades of grey', which I took whilst on a walk today...

homage to the hotly anticipated film adaptation of 'Fifty Shade of Grey
which is released today at UK cinemas!!

3 February 2015



After the 'strip out' of both kitchen and utility rooms, decisions from us were necessary.

Our builders helped with the planning for the internal walls.  We were adamant that these rooms wouldn't be cold or drafty.  

The builders offered us with a great source of information and after much discussion, 
it was decided that insulated plaster board was the way forward.

Insulated plaster board has become an important material used in new housing or 
to renovate and refurbish older houses like ours.

There is a layer of plaster board which on the reverse side has an insulating foam.  
The boards are designed for cold weather conditions, reducing the amount of heat passing through them, ensuring a warm environment to live in, reducing energy costs and carbon foot print.  All this was good for us and most importantly for the house as well.

Before the insulated board was attached, most of the positioning for wiring and plumbing had to be made instantly 
- which was a little stressful.  
The pressure was on to get it right!!
Confident with our choice of plumber and electrician, we were guided by their expertise, we listened and decisions were finalized.  

The boards were installed, plastering began on top of the boards and then over night the rooms were transformed... 

(above) Plumbing and first fit electrics installed in the kitchen.


(above) utility room showing toilet (right hand-side door)
and cupboard (left hand-side door).

(above) detail of toilet room with first fit plumbing.

(above) walls plastered and doors hung to toilet and cupboard.
Both doors open into the utility room.

(above) First fit utility room plumbing for sink and washing machine.
Also, this is the wonderful new window that has been added on the south side of the house.
It is one of the best decisions we made.

9 December 2014


The building work continues....

(above) Electric first fit

 (above) Boarding fitted around the new utility room window and existing wall of cupboard prepped for plastering.


 (above) Toilet room window and walls

We're getting somewhere at last....
day by day, new and exciting things happen to make a change. 

The end of the tunnel is in sight!!

19 November 2014


I digressed for a little while from the kitchen and utility renovations, 
so these are the next photos of the stripping out stage.

More or less everything had to go, from worktops, cupboards, to the ceiling to the floor and wall tiles to some of the windows. 
Not all of them because we'd replaced two in the sitting area previously. 

Above is looking west towards the utility room.

Above is facing west towards the utility room before we started the changes.
You will see that the door is in the centre of the room.  
We decided that blocking the original door up and adding a new entrance on the 
right-hand side into the utility room, would be far more beneficial to us. 
This giving us, two L-shaped work spaces in each room.

Standing at the new utility door, looking the other way towards the end of the kitchen, 
to the 'sitting area'.

(above) Inside the utility room looking at the new (and very exciting) window on the south side of the house.  Adding this window was such a good idea.  
The advantages of the extra light are immense.

(above) Still standing in the utility room, looking west at the large walk-in cupboard on the left and through to toilet on the right.

(above) What the cupboard and toilet originally looked like.  We've decided to keep the barn doors and paint them.

Looking inside the small room where the original toilet and sink have been removed. 
New toilet, sink and radiator will be added .

This shows two new wooden windows in the utility room and toilet (left-hand side).

Lastly, looking back into the kitchen, from the utility room through the new door way. 

The stud frames on the walls have been put up, floor tiles gone and ceiling with mock beams removed. The room is bare for all its exciting new changes to begin.