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