Another month and another house update. And what a month it has been. When we begun the process of buying a house and renovating it, I had no idea how emotionally draining and tough it would be. When we first moved in, I really felt like I finally had found ‘home’ in the UK and I revelled in the stability it provided despite all the work that had to be done. But in the last 6 weeks, with work being done in the master bedroom to build cupboards and lay down carpet through the whole upstairs area and the chaos that ensued, it totally rocked my world. Packing clothes into plastic bags, moving furniture in and out of rooms while trying to keep on top of drying the laundry and cleaning was so difficult. The process of making the house a ‘home’ was more emotionally disruptive than I could have imagined. It’s only this week that I feel like my feet have touched down; touched down onto fluffy carpets I might add, but more on that later. I’ve realised that living so far from the stablising influence of my family and home connections, has made me finally attuned to stability in my home and in my job; both of which have been tough environments in the last few weeks.
This bathroom is the master bathroom which was initially an ensuite to the main bedroom. But we decided to enlarge it from its original size and close it off from the master bedroom so that we could make the bedroom bigger and increase the eventual resale value of the house. As you can see above it was a blinding Day-Glo pink and not particularly modern.
Stripping out the bathroom and enlarging it.
Slowly getting rid of the Day-Glo pink!
We decided to continue our theme of white and grey into the bathroom and these Albero Grey ceramic tiles were an incredible find from B&Q. It took Matt and I over two hours to pick out the tiles – who knew that there are so many options??? But they make a fantastic feature in the bathroom and remind me of wood with their grooves and textured finish.
And now for the what has to be the biggest transformation in the shortest time – carpets!
The landing before
We decided to strip upstairs of all of the carpets before we moved for many reasons, but primarily because of their condition and colour. However, this meant that for three and a half months we only had underlay to walk on and with the cold weather drawing nearer, it was a big priority to get new carpets fitted to keep the house warm.
With the underlay
Initially, I was leaning towards cream or beige carpets as a neutral colour to for a foundation to create the illusion of more space upstairs. But practically, with the cats and my messy tendencies, cream and beige carpets would probably not have kept well. And so, we went with a rich dove plushy grey carpet which feels like walking on a cloud. The white and grey theme continues and I can’t see us tiring of it any time soon! The landing isn’t finished yet as we are planning on having one wall tiled with bevelled mirror tiles, seen here, but this will likely happen next year once the second bathroom has been finished.
We are all pretty happy with the transformations over the last month, including the cats who see the plushy carpets as one more place to take a long cat nap.