WE BOUGHT A HOUSE | House Renovation – The Before Photos

This is such an exciting post to be writing, after what seems like, or was, years and years of saving. Sam and I have finally bought our own home. I’m so excited to be sharing the news with you as I’ve been going on and on about owning a home. The whole process has been near enough impossible, mortgage companies were awful and we were forever not being taken seriously. Sam and I are both self-employed which made buying our home so difficult. Although we’ve got 3 years of accounts, they apparently weren’t good enough because we invested more back into the company than we were taking out. How else do you expect a small business to grow? Anyway, this post isn’t to moan about how difficult it is for young adults to get on the housing ladder, it’s to tell you we did it.

We were looking for a project all along. Something we could make our own. We are both so picky when it comes to how we want something. We knew a perfect house wouldn’t be perfect to us. And with Sam being in the building trade, we had his expertise to help us. But we didn’t realise a project was going to be our only option, so I’m glad we were ready for it.

The house we’ve bought used to belong to my Uncle, or I feel still does in some way. He sadly lost his battle with Cancer late last year, and during his illness told Sam and I how perfect his house would be for us. He was terminal at this point so we’d got used to talking about when the inevitable happened. I feel a little better about the situation knowing that my Uncle knew Sam and I were going to buy it. And it was going to be that first step on the property ladder that we needed. Especially as he’d owned the house for 26 years.  My Uncle restored Classic Cars for a living and always joked that his house was only for eating and sleeping in, but he was happy, that’s all that mattered. But you can imagine what 26 years of no decorating does to a house?

The house is a 3 Bed Terraced House in a town outside of Bristol. It has 2 double Bedrooms and one smaller Bedroom which I can happily say is going to be my Blog/Beauty Room. It has an Upstairs Shower Room and a Main Bathroom. Downstairs is the Living Room and Kitchen. And a massive room that isn’t being used for anything whatsoever. We’re going to turn this room into a Kitchen/Diner and have the Kitchen as the Utility Room with a Downstairs Cloakroom. Outside we have Front and Back Gardens, a Double Garage and a Car Port/Driveway.

This is a massive project for us so I wanted to take this opportunity to share the ‘before’ photos with you. We’ve already got quite far into the renovation process. The house didn’t have any form of heating so a full heating system was the first thing on our list. And definitely one of the most expensive. Then it was onto the stripping of the chipboard wallpaper in the entire house. And ripping up the carpets, that had been laid on-top of the old carpets (don’t ask). It took us a while but we finally got it to a starting point.

I’m going to do individual before and after posts of each room as we finish them. But for now… he’re the before photos. We’ve got a lot of work on our plate haven’t we…

The House Renovation - Before Photos

The House Renovation - Before Photos

The House Renovation - Before Photos

The House Renovation - Before Photos

The House Renovation - Before Photos

The House Renovation - Before Photos

The House Renovation - Before Photos

The House Renovation - Before Photos

What do you think? I can’t wait to show you the after photos, we’ve done so much already.

Until next time,

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15 Comments

  1. 29th April 2017 / 10:14 am

    Congratulations, this is so exciting! Can’t wait to see the rest of your journey with the project.

    • Ami
      8th May 2017 / 12:31 am

      Thank you. I can’t wait to share all the after photos. It looks so different already!

      Ami xxx

  2. 29th April 2017 / 12:42 pm

    Woah heck this is gonna be such a fun (although hard!) project for you! Congrats for finally getting there 🙂 xx

    http://thecornishlife.co.uk

    • Ami
      8th May 2017 / 12:30 am

      Ahh I know, so exciting but scary at the same time! Thank you, it’s definitely taken a while!

      Ami xxx

    • Ami
      8th May 2017 / 12:29 am

      Thank you for your comment. It shouldn’t be much longer now until I start sharing them!

      Ami xxx

  3. 30th April 2017 / 12:42 pm

    Wow, I can’t wait to see what you do with it! Sorry to hear about your uncle, but hopefully this will be a healing process.

    Samantha | http://www.thebeautyinit.com

    • Ami
      8th May 2017 / 12:29 am

      I can’t wait either. Thank you for your kind words, I’m hoping so too.

      Ami xxx

  4. 3rd May 2017 / 6:16 am

    Look forward to watching it all come together!

    • Ami
      8th May 2017 / 12:28 am

      Me too! Hopefully it won’t be too much longer now!

      Ami xxx

  5. 14th July 2017 / 5:09 pm

    Congratulations on buying your home together! My partner and I have recently bought our first house too. It must be so exciting renovating your home! You get to make it how YOU want it. That kitchen could end up looking lovely! I’m looking forward to seeing your after pictures!

  6. 14th July 2017 / 5:15 pm

    It’s amazing how quickly a house can come together with some hard work! We took a week off work when we bought our house and they looked like two entirely different houses by the end of it!
    You look like you’ve got a lovely space, looking forward to seeing some more pics of progress!

  7. 15th July 2017 / 5:32 pm

    How exciting buying your own home, I’m sure your uncle would be happy with what ever you do to it and i have to say i’m a little jealous of you having space for a blog / beauty room. enjoy it and i’m looking forward to the after pictures

  8. 15th July 2017 / 7:38 pm

    This is awesome. I can’t wait to see. Renovation projects are my favourite type of blog posts. Maybe retweet me when your done and I can share with my audience too! 🙂 @Inspire_Edit

  9. 17th July 2017 / 12:40 am

    Congrats on buying a new house. I can’t wait to see how you change it!

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