One of my requests when we purchased our first home was that it had to be a project home. I’ve always wanted to renovate property whether it was my own or someone else’s and well, at the tender age I was when we first bought our house, I had watched enough Homes under the Hammer to know exactly what I as doing. Side note: I still don’t know exactly what I’m doing but its a rough guide. Like, really rough. Sandpaper rough.
That said if we were to move again I would still choose a home that was in need of a renovation and likely would again and again so thought I would state why as I can imagine some people would be looking at me like I’m crazy right about now.
Cost. They tend to be a little cheaper because of the amount of work that needs doing and you don’t have to spend the difference all at once, as long as the house is in a liveable condition and everything works as it should the rest is aesthetic. Before we moved into our house it needed the plumbing and electrics doing before we even moved in and we decorated the living room and bedroom so we had two rooms to relax in but the rest of the house for a long while was a mess. It still is and I still love changing the rooms up.
Satisfaction. That feeling when you stand back to admire your handiwork and you beam because you’re just so incredibly proud of it. You can flip this and there have been plenty of times in the early days where I have stood back to see something shockingly awful and instead of a beaming smile it was a roar of laughter and a sigh. The sigh is knowing it either needs redoing or that it’s staying and you’re going to have to stare at it in its hideousness before you can change it. However, most of the I’m proud of a little DIY job, like the tiles in the kitchen, and I would happily learn a few more skills to have the satisfaction of seeing it finished and likely finished cheaper than getting a tradesman in (unless I have to of course!)
Bare Bones. You can take a project home back to its bare bones, add your own stamp and start from scratch pretty much making it whatever you want it to be. You can keep elements of the homes history and character or you can decide it’s not your cup of tea and take it out and with limitations you can maybe move walls or extend the property. With the right house there is so much potential to make it ‘yours’ and I love that about home renovations.
If you have anything to add in favour or against buying a project home let me know. Maybe I will do a list of the reasons why I wouldn’t buy a home to renovate one day…a lot of work…the hidden costs…being covered in dust regularly…
We have a change of plan! What ever project went from start to finish without those words being uttered? Not one in our house that’s for sure. The bedroom renovation has been ongoing since the start of winter last year. It was a BIG job and then well, lockdown, so it has taken much longer than anticipated. But with a new month comes a new (finished) room.
There is still plenty that we need for the bedroom. Matching bedding is one of them. Because we have dusky sage green feature walls on both sides and then plain white walls I think going for white, creams and natural shades will make the room feel relaxed and comfortable. After a recent conversation with my mum we discussed how quality bedding, even when washed multiple times, can still stay in great condition. This is why I’m not worried about spending that little extra on a couple of good sets. We’re also slowly teaching Mia, at 5 years old, she’s not allowed on the new bed. It will be higher than our old one and with the change in room (back into the master bedroom) she will notice the difference and the change in rules. If not I guess I’ll have to get a throw!
As I mentioned it is a whole new bed we have had. That means we’re going to need a new mattress. The duvet came with the bed so no new one there and we recently purchased new pillows. The bed we’ve had is an ottoman style (to hold those extra sheets and throws I’ll be buying) and has sage green fabric finish. This will hopefully look great next to the sage feature wall although I haven’t actually seen these up close together yet as the bed is still in the packaging. Talk about leaving things until the last minute.
We already have bedside tables which I purchased from Ikea. I love the Hemnes range and wanted these bedside tables for months not knowing if they would fit but when I spotted them in bargain corner for £35 each I had to snap them up. Our previous bedroom was white and grey and I don’t think our grey lamps will look great against the green wall so new ones will have to be found sticking with the natural tones and nothing too big.
The wardrobe is one of the complications that has slowed the bedroom project from finishing. We were hoping to get fitted wardrobes in the alcoves of the room however due to the lockdown delay and the subsequent delays from this we had to change the plan – shock! I spent way too much time trying to pick a wardrobe but a conclusion was finally found in the form of my old wardrobe at my parents house. This saves us a good deal of money which always makes me happy during a DIY project.
Now all of the decisions have been made I can’t wait for it to now come to fruition. I’ll be taking plenty of images of the bedroom as it slowly starts coming together and I am sure I will find a couple more bits to add to the room so feel free to keep up to date over on Instagram @lorenjessica_ and say hello!
We have a bed! And by that I mean we have a bed base still packaged in the room, without a mattress. It is still very exciting though.
This room has been freshly plastered and painted and I love the green that we finally chose after much deliberation. I have so many ideas for rooms (I blame Pinterest) that the final say goes to my husband to choose between two ideas and/or colour schemes. Funnily enough the bed was purchased first after my parents spotted it in a store. What I can not wait to see is the ottoman storage that the bed has. We can never have too much storage in our house.
If you want to have a little taster of what it looks like just before the bed arrived check out my YouTube video.