This is a little look at our house before we started renovating it.
For more up-to-date house posts of finished rooms or work in progress you can look at:
The Kitchen (in progress) The Kitchen (with a few finishing touches)
I also blog about my messy kitchen mantelpiece every now and again...
The Sitting Room (in progress) and The sitting Room (nearly finished)
Love at first site - the first viewing
We first saw our house on the 4th May 2009 - 3 years later it seems that we did manage to get it at the bottom of the market. We were/are SO lucky... (although sometimes amidst the dust and the grime and never-ending lists of DIY tasks, it's hard to remember that)!
It had been in the same family for sixty plus years and although it was in pretty good shape and had been taken care of, it had no central heating and the garden was so over-grown that we couldn't even really tell how big it was. In fact some of the ivy from the garden had started to get in through the windows. There were 3 semi-kitchens, but not one definitive one, and only one small bathroom which didn't have a toilet in (there were two toilets, just not one in the bathroom).
There was/is a lot of space - more than double the square foot of most of the places we had been looking at and it was cheaper - partly due to the market and partly due to the fact that it backs on to the tube line and it needed so much work.
Anyway - we were blown away by the space and the potential and we arranged a second viewing pretty much straight away and put an offer in within 48 hours! In two months the 'monster' as it got nick-named was ours.
We moved in without doing anything (except a bit of cleaning) for four months from Aug 09-Nov 09. We got a feel for the place and started planning. The pictures of us in this phase are mainly of Coco with a bit of house in the background... Dan who ended up project managing the building work for us took a load of photos in November - this shows the way we were living, it looks quite squat like! We moved in with the minimum of stuff so we had nowhere to put anything. It wasn't as bad as it looks, just very very cold - but funnily enough I think I slept the best I ever had in a cold cold house.
There was one point when my sister said something about Coco's room being so bare and drab that other people might be tempted to call social services. Hopefully we've made it up to her now!