The First Step
At the start of 2023, after months of anticipation and careful consideration, I finally took the monumental step of purchasing my first house. I had been looking for a while but with the market going crazy it took longer than I had hoped for and also money.
It’s a charming one-bedroom bungalow with both front and back gardens, and while I managed to secure it at a good price, there was no denying that it needed a lot of work. Little did I know just how much of an adventure I was embarking on!
The initial excitement of owning my first house was soon met with the realization that a significant renovation lay ahead. The project scope was daunting, from updating the kitchen and bathroom to reviving the garden spaces. There were moments when doubts crept in, and I wondered if I had bitten off more than I could chew. However, with each decision made with ideas from friends and family and every improvement undertaken, my vision for this house became clearer.
What keeps me going is the belief that, in the end, it will all be worth it. This bungalow, with its potential waiting to be unlocked, is a canvas for me to express my style, preferences, and personality. The journey of renovation has not only been about transforming the physical space but also about the personal growth and learning that come with homeownership.
How It Looked
Upon my initial visit, the house seemed alright at first glance.
It had previously been home to an elderly couple who, according to the many stories I’d heard, had countless wonderful moments with their family right here. They had a fondness for garden centres and similar interests. However, as I officially became the owner, I realized there was more work ahead than I had anticipated. My first impression was that it was a nice place with potential, but little did I know just how much work lay ahead.
The first order of business was clearing out everything left in the house, starting with the kitchen area. The wardrobe doors were barely hanging on, and there was a lingering smoky smell, probably from the previous occupants.
The bathroom and the garden would have to wait. That was just the beginning. I knew I needed to dedicate some time to lift up the floorboards, declutter the kitchen, and demolish the kitchen breakfast bar to create an open space that truly felt like my own.
Throughout this entire process, friends and family pitched various layout ideas to me. The existing layout would have given me a tiny kitchen, much like the original one, and a spacious, elongated living room. However, the dilemma lay in figuring out where to place the sofa, and the TV, and if there would be enough space for a dining table. Maintaining this layout meant sacrificing the dining area as the sofa would obstruct the room’s flow.
To explore alternative solutions, I consulted with my good friend, who proposed a design that involved flipping everything around, knocking down a wall, and closing off another. This new layout would create a cosy living room, a kitchen with a breakfast bar, and a compact dining area. After further work like removing the floorboards and skirting, and clearing out the kitchen, I decided to give this plan the green light.
Before diving into that, I had to craft a detailed plan and create a to-do list. My initial focus was on deciding the placement of everything, ensuring that electrical outlets were in the right spots, determining heater locations, addressing the deteriorating patio doors, and various other essential details.
Stay tuned for the second part to find out how it all unfolded!
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