British Home Tours: Before

Welcome, welcome! Come on in! Here’s how our flat looked when we moved in in October 2014.

Here is our long skinny hall. We’re in the basement, so natural light is hard to come by, but we changed the front door shortly after moving in and that made a big difference. The cupboard is home to the gas and electricity meters. We need to redecorate, and I have dreams of a nice radiator cover. Exciting stuff! IMG_2276

On the right, you have the sitting room. We’ve since replaced the windows, which were single glazed and quite broken, but the rest is pretty much the same. We need to paint the walls (light grey), and the floor is a disaster (the floorboards don’t reach all the way to the wall in the bay for some reason). I’d also like to have the artex ceiling skimmed, but I’m not sure how much that costs. We’ve been told there’s only half a chimney, and we don’t know what that means, so I don’t know what we can do with the fireplace yet. IMG_2275

Next up we have the bedroom. It’s hard to judge from pictures of a square room without any furniture, but it’s quite a good size. I’m also using this as my office, so we’re trying to find good storage solutions. If it was just a bedroom, I’d love to open the fireplace up, but that is where my desk goes. IMG_2274

Onto the kitchen! The previous owners designed this kitchen so well to make use of the available space. It needs a bit of TLC, and if I had unlimited funds, I’d replace the floor (which I hate) and the worktop (I’d love a wooden one). However, we’re contenting ourselves with painting the walls yellow. We’ve already replaced the window (didn’t meet safety regulations) and the door (I think this one was an internal one – it was rotten and slugs kept getting in through the seal – RANK!). IMG_2272

Ah, the bathroom. The suite is fine, so we’ve since freshened up in here with a coat of white paint, and we’ve replaced the bath surround with some tongue and groove – this was a bit of a learning process so we need to touch some bits up. IMG_2273

And finally, here are a couple of pictures of the garden. When we looked for a flat we realised we had two options within our budget – an extra bedroom or a garden. After looking round a few places, we realised that the garden was more important to us, because we wanted Alfie to be able to go outside. This one is a lovely size and easy for us to maintain. We had a minor disaster when one of the walls fell down, but we’ve got a lovely new fence now. IMG_2278IMG_2277

So there you go! I love nosing round other people’s houses, so I hope this was interesting for you, too!

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