Tools You Need if You’re Doing a House Renovation

Home restoration can be a cruel little demon, so I’ve taken the time to list the tools you need if you’re doing a house renovation, to make things that little bit easier.

Whether it’s a big project, or a smaller, easier project such as putting up some shelves and re-painting, these tools will really come in handy!

Voltage detector pen
These tools are very simple but very effective. I can’t even count the number of times me and Jay nearly touched a live wire that was hanging out the ceiling. When you put the end of the pen against the end of a wire, it flashes red to say that the wire is live, and you need to turn the electrics off. Saved us probably about 3/4 electric shocks. Well worth the money!



A drill
We used a drill for all sorts: building a stud wall, attaching the skirting, creating a shelf at the top end of the bath, bring floorboards up, fixing floorboards back down.

Another simple tool that has LOADS of uses. Not only was it good for stripping wallpaper, but also for smoothing caulk into crevices, for mixing cement/paint in buckets. Even for removing ridges in the windowsills before painting them.

tools you need if you're doing a house renovation

Mitre Saw
This is a bit of a weird one, and not something that most people would have just sitting in their garage, but this tool was invaluable to us. We used it to cut down our wooden flooring and our skirting boards. It cuts things with absolute precision and doesn’t splinter the wood too much.

tools you need if you're doing a house renovation

In some cases, these tools could help you avoid house renovation disasters. They might even save your life one day and so are well worth the investment, especially if you’re doing the work yourself rather than hiring tradesmen. Those are my top tools you need if you’re doing a house renovation.

What would you say are the tools you need if you’re doing a house renovation? Are there any you think I should add to the list? Let me know in the comments!


We’ve Moved In!

The day has finally come, and we’ve moved in to our new house.

I’m sharing some pictures with you, even though it’s still very messy, and we still have a LOT of sorting out to do because WE’VE MOVED IN. I can’t believe how instantly at home me and Jay felt: I thought it would be weird, and wouldn’t feel like our house, but we settled in so quickly.

I suppose that’s because we’ve been doing work on it for six months. Being here every day for that amount of time has obviously got us used to the place.

Our first night here was on Saturday. I don’t think either of us slept particularly well on a new mattress, and in a new place. The water tank makes an unusual ticking noise (and it’s in our bedroom) and the road is quite noisy in the mornings. I’ve always lived in a cul-de-sac, so I’m not used to the sound of cars whizzing by in the morning.

We have scrubbed the whole place, I’ve been hoovering every day, and we always have a number of visitors every afternoon. They’re all excited to see it after all the work and money we’ve put in.

So, onto the pictures!

This is right by the front door. As you come in, the stairs are in front of you, and the sideboard is to the right.

living room with sofa and lighting

This is the lounge. The front door is behind the sofa, as is the sideboard above.

You go through the lounge into the kitchen diner. The whole of downstairs is open plan, with only an archway separating the dining room and living room.

moved in to our house

As you might have guessed, by the green carpet, we haven’t touched the two big bedrooms upstairs. And the bed/bedding is going ASAP too.

The small bedroom is being turned into my office. It currently has the same floor as the kitchen, but no wallpaper/paint.


It still needs a lot of work. The next job is to dig a trench for drainage that means we can put a washing machine in the garage. We’d also like to tackle the outside of the house before we start on the bedrooms.

At the moment we can only get one car on the drive because of the plants. It would be good to flatten the whole thing, and then get two cars on. At least we’re moved in though!

House Update: Getting ready for the carpet installation

This week has been a race against time in order to get everything ready before the carpet installation on Tuesday.

The carpet installation is happening next Tuesday (27th June). Since last Monday, I needed to:

  • Sand the entire staircase, including all the spindles, handrail and baserail.
  • Sand all the new skirting board in the lounge, up the stairs, and on the landing.
  • Prime the staircase (twice),
  • Prime all the skirting boards (twice)
  • Sand any remaining plaster around sockets
  • Use satin wood paint on the upstairs door frames
  • Satin the staircase
  • Satin all the skirting boards,
  • Carefully satin around the fireplace (that was a nerve-wracking experience)
  • Use satin on the the loft ceiling hatch (which was looking a very odd shade of yellow)
  • Touch up all the painting under the windowsills, around plug sockets, and on any walls where it looked patchy.

Between me and my mum, we managed to achieve all that in 5 days. I went after work every day, and stayed until 8pm. Then yesterday (Saturday) I was there from 10am until 5.30pm.

Our phone line and broadband decided to stop working. My dad managed to fix the problem, and then we made a decision to move the socket up quite a lot. The socket was right where we needed the skirting board to go, so my dad managed to move the whole socket up about an inch. Jay then re-plastered the wall, which is why I needed to repaint.

But the most exciting part is coming up: deciding where furniture is going, getting mirrors and other accessories up, and deciding where my candles can go! This really is the fun part, where I can let my creativity go and experiment with the positioning of things.

I’ve had my eye on this console table from Next so I can’t wait to buy that next month. I’ve got the perfect spot for it.

Photo Gallery

Our stairs are now completed ready for the carpet installation:

Jay was reaching bits of wall I was too afraid to reach– and maybe you can see why…

…whilst putting his foot on my newly-primed windowsill.

Our fireplace (and all the walls/skirting around it) is complete:

fireplace fitted for carpet installation

Ignore those wires sticking out the wall because I’m waiting on them being connected to some sort of usable socket by Jay.

The walls are now fully completed, and tomorrow will be spent cleaning up ready for our brand new carpet. Can’t wait to show you the pictures!