Monday, 2 June 2014

Renovating the master bedroom

With a slow start to 2014 the renovating of our home has been halted by lack of money. After Christmas hitting us hard financially and the Christmas holiday feeling of not doing any work the months drifted by and before we knew it summer was approaching us and the whole of the upstairs still needs attention.

With pay day upon us we blow all our cash by the 1st day of the month on plaster board and timber ready to start the process of renovating the master bedroom. First on the list of things to do was expose the two walls that need attention and these just happened to be the walls with the fitted wardrobes against. Clearing out the bedroom and then moving the wardrobes we now have access to the walls to strip off the old plaster board and re line with thermally insulated plaster board on the two external walls. The old plaster boarded walls were perfectly fine and we could have simply redecorated the room but we are doing everything we can to be environmentally friendly and retain as much heat as possible plus the benefits of saving money on heating.

Removing wardrobes
With the wardrobes emptied and moved to the other side we now have access to the walls that need insulating.
Renovating the bedroom
First we get to work ripping down the old plaster board and the old timbers that were holding them up. When I say holding them up, they were barely holding onto the crumbly wall and were not attached to the plaster board on the ceiling.
Removing old plaster board
With all the old plaster board and old timbers removed we make a few repairs to the wall and check for any cracks and apart from looking a little old and moth eaten we are pleased that it is perfect to plaster board straight back over.
Bedroom renovation
Separated at 400mm apart the timber's were secured in place, with the correct depth screws to hold the timbers firmly in place this time.
Timbers for plaster boarding
With all the timbers in place it would have been time to fit the plaster board and our room would be ready for the plasterers... However like most aspects of renovating our house we decide to change the plans again. All along we decided to place the bed against the right hand side, we've had the whole house rewired and this included running sockets and electrics for wall lights on the right. However now the room was gutted we could see the room in a different way and decided to move the bed to the left hand side so now we need to get our electrician back to change things around once more!
Bedroom decorating
It's a minor set back but both agreed the bed would be better on the left and whilst we are renovating the whole house want to do our bedroom exactly how we want it. 

Next job is to get the wiring done and then get the plaster board up ready for the plasterer, then all we need to do is decide how we want to decorate our new master bedroom.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

A slow start to 2014

When we bought our house in 2012 there was no stopping us whatsoever, we had picked up the keys on the Friday and by the Saturday morning the demolition had begun. Whilst the boys were ripping down walls the girls were busy moving boxes from our old house into the new one. When I say new, I guess I should really say old house/building site. It was a shock to the system moving from a new build home to something built nearly 90 years ago with prehistoric electrics and no heating. I was suddenly wondering what we had let ourselves in for but luckily my other half and his dad were working at the speed of light and it wasn't long before I was seeing progress on our little house and the worry began to subside.

However 18 months on and with the downstairs near completion the upstairs has come to a halt! Taking some time off for Christmas has really taken it's toll on us and the house, through the cold gloomy months of January and February we really struggled to get motivated to build any more of the house. However after a weeks holiday in the snow and an amazing time snowboarding we are now back and ready to start work on the house once again.

We have bits to finish off in the bathroom, all the bedrooms to plaster and decorate, carpets to eventually fit once all the other jobs are done and the loft to insulate not to mention the whole entire outside of the house needs landscaping. We have a lot of work still to do and have not worked very hard over the last few months so with the weather getting slightly warmer I think it's time to come out of hibernation and get lots more completed on our first ever little Cornish Home.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Decorating homes in Cornwall

We are very excited to be guesting on A Little Cornish Home. Home decor is a passion of ours at Decorate my Sett. Making a house a home is an instinct I think we all have deep down. We just love looking at good design, be that in architecture, furniture, home wares or soft furnishings. 
There are some great local businesses that have a gorgeous selection of designer brands. A favourite of ours is Just Fab Design in Launceston, right on the Cornwall, Devon border. They are actually the largest showroom of designer fabrics and wallpapers in the South West and they are like a treasure trove. So many options, so little space! 
The beauty of Just Fab Design is that they take as little or as much of the burden off your shoulders. Maybe you just need a little help choosing fabrics for upholstery, or paint colours to match your curtains. They offer expert advice,  or if you’re a little lost they can suggest colour schemes, measure up your windows and furniture and arrange for your curtains, blinds and upholstery to be made up and fitted in your home to your specification! Sounds great to me. 
Some of the more opulent fabrics available are swoon-worthy, the toiles are tempting, and anything by Manual Canovas would suit very nicely.   

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Thinking about the bedrooms

Now that Christmas is well and truly a distant memory thoughts turn back onto the house and in particular the bedrooms and how we are going to decorate them. Just before Christmas we spent our time removing the bedroom walls and restructuring the upstairs to how we wanted it.

Now it's time to think about getting these rooms plastered and then decorated. I actually feel a little bit sad that these are the last rooms that need decorating as I've enjoyed putting my personal stamp on the rest of the house. The second bedroom, the spare room from a very early stage already had it's colour theme chosen. One of the first things I bought before any of the work began down stairs was some gorgeous duck egg blue wallpaper with matching fluffy duck egg blue cushions and that was the theme for these room.

However our master bedroom has no theme, no plan and quite frankly I have no idea what to do in our room. We have already used feature wallpaper downstairs in the living room and will be using feature wallpaper in the second bedroom so are reluctant to do this same technique in the master bedroom. Then I had the idea of stencils or decals on the wall. Painting a feature wall in one colour then adding a unique decal that is personal to both me and James. I've found these websites and with some great designs and I'm now full of ideas.

I love this decal, it's perfect for us and what we've achieved with buying our first house and completely renovating it. I'm still liking the idea of having a feature wall in our bedroom so maybe a bold colour behind the bed with a statement like this above the bed. 

What do you think?

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Work begins in 2014

For the last few months leading up to Christmas we have worked so hard getting the house ready for the festive period and the visit from my parents, working every single night and all weekends for the last few months has been hard. We have missed festive drinks with friends and avoided Christmas shopping all together to get the house ready.

Once the family arrived tools were officially put down and they have stayed down until today. We enjoyed a nice two week break from Christmas into the new year and going back to full time work was definitely a shock to the system. Now we are nearly three weeks into the new year and officially rested and relaxed it's time to start work and hopefully get the house finally finished.

Today the boys are working in the porch, an area that has been completely ignored up until now, whilst the majority of the work was creating a comfortable living and kitchen area the door to the porch has been shut and forgotten about until today.

With a stack of slates delivered we are working out patterns on how to lay the floor in the porch. Pictures will most definitely follow when the new floor is laid.

Monday, 30 December 2013

Work stops to celebrate Christmas

When we bought our house in October 2012 we thought it would be a brilliant idea to invite my family down from Essex to spend Christmas 2013 with us. As the months of renovation went by the house was getting more and more like a home and ready for my family but it was hard work. We were grouting the bathroom the night before they arrived and working right until they knocked on the door. But once they arrived they downstairs was looking good but the upstairs still needed work but this had to be ignored and we were to ignore the plasterboard bedroom walls and lack of carpet and hope that some nice curtains and bedding would make it comfortable for my family until we were 100% finished on the house.

For our first Christmas in our new home and the first Christmas in Cornwall for my family the whole festive period was a success and we will definitely host Christmas again when the house is completely finished.

Ready for Christmas in Cornwall

Christmas in Cornwall

Roasting Chestnuts

Pigs in Blankets

Open fire in CornwallChristmas dinner table

Christmas in Cornwall 2013

Monday, 16 December 2013

Fitting oak doors in the bathroom and bedroom

With only 9 days until Christmas we really should be thinking about turkey dinners and wrapping presents but right now the DIY continues late into each night. Tonight we have added two new internal doors upstairs, these are on the newly created bedroom and the bathroom. Although we currently don't have the door handles or lock on the bathroom door we are hoping that these will arrive any day and we can get these fitted before the big day!
Fitting oak wooden doors

Bedroom oak door
We both know that the house won't be finished by Christmas but it will be really close and the only thing stopping us from getting it finished is a simple case of money. In the new year we will save up and go through the final big spend and hire a plasterer and order some carpet. Once these two big jobs are completed it will be time to decorate the upstairs and the house will be finished! 

I know it will never be 'finished' as we will then start on the outside and start renovating the currently untouched garden and patio, and then the driveway and front of the house will get a makeover not to forget the man cave that is the garage which I know will get a lot of love to make the perfect get away for James. When all this is done hopefully it will be time to enjoy the house that we have put so much time effort and money into building and I can enjoy baking during the weekends and James can enjoy tinkering in his garage. But right now we have 5 days until the family arrive so we must get on getting as many jobs finished before Christmas as possible!

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Fitting new bannisters in our little Cornish home

With the new wall in place at the end of the bathroom it gives us the location to fix the stair bannisters to. Up until now there has been no bannister and an worrying drop off the edge of the landing. The bannister has arrived and finally our house is safe and hopefully now after living here 14 months we can have a house warming party without the fear of someone having an accident on the dangerous stairs. 
Fitting new bannisters in our home

New bannisters on the landing
We feel like this is a really important day with the bannister going in and think that it makes a massive difference to the upstairs. If you look with blinkered eyes and imagine the walls are plastered and painted and the floor carpeted the house will be nearly finished. 

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Painted wooded floor boards

With the old carpet removed we are left with bare floor boards in the second bedroom with Christmas only a few weeks away and the parents coming to stay in this room we make the decision to paint the floor boards to make the room a little nicer. We won't have time to get the walls plastered and the room decorated or have the money to get new carpets fitted throughout the upstairs but we are trying our hardest to make the room hospitable.

Bare floor boards in the bedroom

Painted floor boards in the bedroom
With the floor painted and the bed in place in doesn't look to bad, once we put up a curtain pole with some nice new curtains, a matching bedspread, a fluffy rug at the end of the bed and a beautiful lamp it won't look to much like an unfinished room. I'll post some pictures once it's done and hope that my parents don't mind the half finished house to much for their first Christmas in Cornwall! 

Happy Christmas to a little Cornish home... and me :@)

For the last 14 months we have used and abused our little Henry Hoover and he has been a little trooper during our house build but with one week to go until my family arrive for Christmas and the house needing a thorough clean he sadly has joined the Henry Hoover party at the local dump! 

As an early Christmas present or rather an necessity our little Cornish home has been treated to a much needed to Hoover and to James's amusement I returned home from work with a pink Hetty.
Pink Henry Hoover
He responded with he can't believe I bought a pink Hoover with eye lashes!!! I love her and can't wait to put her through her paces. 

I'm not really to sure what has happened to me in the last 14 months but since becoming a home owner I can sadly say that "Yes" I'm excited by a pink Hoover! What does becoming a home owner mean!