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!
THE BEDROOM BEFORE
Not much to show here, the "mock" wardrobe was one single damp sliding cupboard
AND AFTER .....................
THE LOUNGE & HALL BEFORE
OH AND I NEARLY FORGOT - THE GARDEN IS
STILL A WORKS IN PROGRESS
AFTER - AT LEAST WE CAN SIT IN IT NOW!!
A year in the life of Christmas Cottage