Updating a bungalow

We moved in to the bungalow on the 20th December in a partially completed state — though thankfully with the log burning fire having just be installed so we could keep warm and enjoy Christmas in the new house.

From this point on, with limited funds, the renovation was drip fed by our earnings and was to continue for the next two years on-and-off, including the installation of five skylights, the creation of bespoke cabinetry throughout the property, and final finishes such as oak and American walnut internal cladding, brushed steel door furniture and a hardwood door and exterior cladding to match.

LEFT: The kitchen, first viewing, June 2007 — small and dark with one tiny window, and leading out to a garden/store room.

RIGHT: Now opened up to the living space, with a large skylight above and leading through to the new kitchen store & utility.

Cupboarding and a bespoke larder unit was installed as a continuation of the kitchen, with the utility cupboard tucked away at the end to house the boiler and washing machine. C., the two had been knocked through by a previous owner.

We stripped the bathroom back to bare walls, borrowed space from the hallway to create a walk-in shower and had the stack pipe capped to allow the outer wall to run flat.

We carefully salvaged it ourselves and set about laying it throughout the kitchen, kitchen store and inner hallway… A week-long labour of love in itself, but so worth the time and care taken.

When we couldn’t be there during the day (continuing our design business from our temporary rental flat) we’d drive to the bungalow early eventing to get an 8-hour shift in to move things along ready for the trades’ arrival the next morning. This continued until the point that we had to close the business to push the renovation to a stage where we could at least move in, with mortgage, rent and storage costs eating away at our renovation pot.

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RIGHT: The entrance hallway, afterwards, with custom-made hardwood front door and side-light, now flooded with light from the skylight overhead.

I think the dogs have enjoyed the company of the workmen as well......

We decided to go to Ireland to be with friends and to show the dogs, we stayed for 18 months so we rented the bungalow to a so called dog rescue, oh dear!!!!!

We have just aquired land at the back of us 2 1/2 acres, for the dogs to run free, and this gives us free walking up onto the moorland........

The dogs are now very happy in their new heated kennels and being able to ramble over the fields to their hearts content.

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