Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Cottage makeover :)

Just over a year ago we moved into our Victorian cottage.  Even though we viewed the cottage 3 times before we bought it, the reality of it's condition nearly had us running for the hills.

We turned up with our cat in tow and walked into a filth pit.  We were in the cottage for about an hour before the removal men came, so had a chance to explore.  With all the previous owners furniture and possessions out of the way we could see the terrible state in which the house was left.  I find it hard to actually describe the filth and damp.  The removal men were fantastic and I think even they were surprised at what we had bought.

After they had gone the first thing I did was to get out the Domestos and disinfect the loo seat, then it was the turn of the kitchen cupboards, sink and work surfaces.

The very first thing hubby did was make good the bed, so at the very least we could get "some" sleep.  After a very long day we literally fell into bed and did little else that night.

In the cold light of the morning we braced ourselves for weeks of work.  The bathroom was not fit for use, in other words it was so filthy we both decided we could not even use the bath or basin.  As for the loo - well it was a quick "hover" job over the seat, not easy at the best of times.

For 3 weeks we had to use the kitchen sink for all our washing needs as it was only marginally better than the bathroom sink.  A full body wash at the kitchen sink is not funny I can tell you.  The bathroom was gutted and we borrowed a dehumidifier from our new neighbour, and left it running for 4 days.  The damp was that bad!  With a new bathroom suite ordered it wasn't that long before we could actually use it.

It was difficult to know where to start first, as each room was a tip.  The previous owners had the cheek to ask if we wanted their oven!!!!  Erm no!  I don't want to imagine what that looked like inside :(  We didn't want to end up in hospital either!  Luckily we had a small table top electric oven which was perfect for a few weeks as we were getting the kitchen done.  Surprisingly it cooked some lovely meals to!

I have to say a year on we cant believe we have turned this cottage around.  It was so unloved and very sick!  Houses are living breathing things, look after them!

Here are a few "before" and "after" photo's.

THE VILE BATHROOM
JUST BEFORE WE STARTED STRIPPING IT CLEAN




Dirt and muck everywhere



Mould, damp and grime








This is what we found when we took the bath out!



AFTER WORKS COMPLETED





THE KITCHEN BEFORE




The biggest cobwebs in the world!




AND AFTER.......








THE BEDROOM BEFORE


Not much to show here, the "mock" wardrobe was one single damp sliding cupboard


AND AFTER .....................




THE LOUNGE & HALL BEFORE












AND AFTER...






OH AND I NEARLY FORGOT - THE GARDEN IS
STILL A WORKS IN PROGRESS

BEFORE...




AFTER - AT LEAST WE CAN SIT IN IT NOW!!




A year in the life of Christmas Cottage

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8 comments:

  1. I love your fireplace! It's gorgeous! What an amazing makeover. Some serious cobwebs there! Your home now looks amazing. You must be feeling very proud of yourselves. Sue x

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  2. Wow you've done an amazing job with it!! I can't believe the size of those cobwebs, I seriously don't know how anybody could live like that (the previous owners)!!! You have made it in to a beautiful home, what a difference! Jenny x

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  3. Who's the cheeky one NOW ? Beautifully done...♥Debi

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  4. You've done a great job with it!!
    Our house was in the same state except we moved in when my daughter was just 2 weeks old!!!!! I blame my pregnancy hormones on buying a house in such a bad condition, but apart from a few 'damp issues' it is now a lovely house although a constant work in progress even 8 years on ;o)

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  5. Absolutely stunning. You have done an amazing job. :)

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  6. wow, a fantastic job! hard work but totally worth it. want to do my house?

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  7. You were so brave in taking on this cottage, but what a fantastic job you both have made - I love it - love everything you have done. What an absolutely brilliant turn around. Three cheers to you both x x x

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  8. Wow what a transformation. Well done

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