Home Office Room Reveal

This home office room reveal has been a loooong time in the making.

I’ve written not one, but two posts before reaching this point. The first outlined my plans for the room (which of course changed), and the second was an update on the renovation. The second post explains why the whole thing was so delayed.

We wanted to have the study finished by the end of January. Now we’re nearly at the end of April! Why do these things take so much longer than you think?

But the point is it’s finished and I’ve been dying to share my new study with you all!

 

Home Office Room Reveal: The Before

The previous owners of the house obviously had a lot of clothes. They used the third and smallest bedroom as a sort of storage room for their many wardrobes. Obviously, it makes the room look tiny, and is such a waste of space (considering we have a double built-in wardrobe in the master bedroom, and they had a freestanding one in the second bedroom too).

 

Estate agent home photo - home office room reveal

The wardrobes even partially block the window.

This is how the room looked once we got the keys:

 

Somehow it looks worse…..two different types of carpet?! Pink stains on the floor?! Peeling wallpaper?!?!??! It’s pretty grim.

 

Home Office Room Reveal: During

We stripped all the carpet out as we were doing the downstairs renovations. We’d ordered a skip, so it made sense to get rid straight away. We then had spare kitchen flooring left, enough to do this room too. It meant we saved some money, and could get nice flooring down immediately.

 

 

We boarded out the ceiling to get rid of the artex, and then Jay skimmed the room.

 

new plastered study room

 

We got new skirting boards on, and Jay lined all the walls with lining paper. Then it meant I could crack on painting, and Jay could wallpaper.

 

 

Home Office Room Reveal: After

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full home office room with sage green walls and wallpaper

 

I chose a gorgeous sage green for the walls which I got from Valspar at B&Q. They colour match any colour as long as you have a sample of it. So you could get a colour card from Farrow and Ball, and Valspar will match it. The colour on mine is called Normandy Grey from Little Greene. I’d heard mixed things but the paint went on so well, only needed two coats, and doesn’t smell at all now it’s dried!

Our wallpaper is from Graham and Brown, which is also stocked at B&Q but is currently out of stock.

Thank you also to Cable and Cotton who gifted me the beautiful white LED lights which you can see on top of the bookcase. They’re USB so they plug into extension cables or into phone chargers. And they look so pretty with my newly organised bookcase. I’ve always wanted to organise by colour, but didn’t think I had enough different coloured books. Apparently I do!

We’ve currently got my keyboard living in there (which I’m trying to sell in case anyone is interested) so I haven’t been able to get a shot of the whole finished room without getting the keyboard in! Look out on my Instagram for one soon.

 

*The LED lights and paint for the room were gifted for the purpose of this post.

Improving your Windows and Doors

Doing house renovations can get expensive, especially when it comes to the exterior of your house.

Your home exterior is what 99% of people see. People might drive past, or the postman might deliver your parcels, but only a select few will actually step inside. This is why you want your home exterior to look nice. So how can you improve it without spending the earth? You need to think about improving your windows and doors. I only recently heard about window and door spraying and I’m seriously considering it.

When me and Jay bought our house, we hated the look on the outside (still do, because much hasn’t changed on the exterior). We’ve got white uPVC windows which isn’t too bad, however the sills underneath the windows are brown, as is the front door. I hate our front door and windows, but instead of getting them replaced, I could simply get them sprayed. If we can get improving our windows and doors, our house will sell much more easily. We want the outside to look inviting and modern, and this is a great way to do so.

 

What is window spraying?

The spraying means you can transform the look of your home (inside and out) by having your windows sprayed a different colour. A company like The Restoration Group will come in, fully clean your windows, spray them in your chosen colour and then check over their work.

You can choose from a large variety of colours, and have your windows transformed in a day.

 

Why should you do it?

Improving your windows and doors by getting them replaced can cost you a few thousand pounds. I was honestly shocked when I looked at the price of standard uPVC double glazed windows. They cost how much?! Choosing to spray them instead can save you up to 80% of the cost of completely replacing your fittings!

Replacing windows can also get messy as your home is opened up to the elements. You’ll need scaffolding to hold everything up whilst they’re replaced, which adds even more cost. However, spray painting your windows and doors means no building work or mess, and they are fully dry after 24 hours.

Most companies will also offer a 10-year guarantee. If you’re like me, you might have thought, How long will it last? Will the paint peel in the rain? Well it shouldn’t do, and if it does, then you’re covered for a few years.

 

Luckily, there are various companies who are here to save the day. The Restoration Group have done plenty of work like this in the past, so check out their process and enquire! I’m definitely intrigued to see if we can get our windows and doors to finally match up and improve our curb appeal.

 

*Collaborative post

Feel Like your Home Needs an Upgrade?

Do you know when your home needs an upgrade? Or maybe you don’t see the peeling paint and worn down carpet.

When you live in a place, and see it all the time, it’s difficult to see when things start to look a little shabby. But take a step back and really take a look at your home. Maybe the wallpaper has started to peel, the carpet is looking tacky, and the furnishings are a little worse for wear.

It’s time to make a plan of action to get your household’s aesthetic back up to scratch. You shouldn’t have to “make do” with a shabby-looking home. Everyone should feel house-proud to some extent. As mentioned over at bbc.co.uk, you really need to do your research before you dive into a renovation project. Hopefully, the suggestions in this article will give you some inspiration if your home is due a makeover. 

 

Converting existing space will enlarge your home

If you have an attic or a garage that serves as nothing more than storage space then this should be the main focus of your renovation. Spaciousness is the key to a visually-impressive household. And you can achieve that “larger” feel in your home by extending it. You need to use the space you have available.

Declutter your garage, spare room, or any space that’s overloaded with junk. Then it can be converted into a games room, a guest room, or even a home gym. The point is that you could completely transform your home by essentially creating a brand new room to enjoy in a space that’s otherwise being wasted. As I’ve stated before, the attic and other spaces in the house are often underutilised.

 

Your home’s interior should portray your personal preferences

If your home needs an upgrade, you should look at buying some new soft furnishings and accessories. But don’t go with current trends, stick to your own taste and what you love. This way, you won’t get bored easily. Trends come and go, but buy something you love and you’ll have it forever.

When renovating your home, your goal should be to design your interior in line with your personal preferences. Whilst nobody wants their home to look old and outdated, a sleek and stylish contemporary home might not necessarily be to your taste.

The most important thing is that your household’s new aesthetic makes you feel comfortable. You should feel at home. You could start by checking out ModernUpvcWindows.co.uk if you want to get new windows or doors for your house that you can design online.

Tailor-making elements of your home’s design will ensure that you give your humble abode a customised aesthetic. You could even create some handmade artwork and frame it to hang on your wall. There’s no better way of portraying your personal preferences than creating your own unique designs for your home.

The garden shouldn’t be forgotten

One of the final elements of any good home renovation is also one of the most vital elements. You need to give your garden a makeover. As explained at housebeautiful.com, a well-kept garden adds so much value to a property. It’s more than simply mowing the grass and tending to your flowers (though it is important to look after the natural side of your garden).

Your outdoor space can be completely transformed if you create a patio area with comfortable seating, a dining area, and perhaps even an awning for shelter from the elements. Any good renovation project needs to include a garden makeover.

 

If your home needs an upgrade, these are the basic things you can do to make a big difference.

What to Check When Buying an Old Home

Thinking of buying an old home? You might need to think of these potential problems first.

I love old homes: their exposed brickwork, the wooden beams in the ceiling, and the potential they have to become a stunning family home. They have something that modern homes just don’t have.

That’s why so many people choose them over the more contemporary options on the housing market. However, you need to be careful whenever you’re considering buying an old home because there could be problems lurking that will cost money to fix.

This post isn’t about putting you off, just making you aware. You should know what to look for when house hunting. So, here are the things that you should be looking for when buying an old home.

 

A Deteriorating Roof

The roof is the one thing that’s easy to ignore. It’s all the way up there, so you’re not about to get a ladder out and climb on it yourself. There are no obvious signs you can see, but you have to go out of your way to have the roof properly assessed. However, it’s important not to ignore this vital issue. Old homes tend to have roofs that are deteriorating and becoming weaker. If they have been neglected for a long time, work will probably be required.

 

Structural Issues

Structural problems can be very expensive to deal with in some circumstances. Of course, that all depends on what the precise structural problem is. You should always be aware of issues before you sign any documents or hand over any cash. A home’s value can be seriously limited if there are big underlying structural problems. The sooner you find out about them, the better it will be for you. A detailed survey will give you all the information you’re likely to need. Just make sure you pay for the most expensive survey as this will really show up any potential problems.

 

Hazardous Materials

There are a couple of hazardous materials that you should be on the lookout for when you’re scouting out old homes. First and foremost, you should find out if there is any asbestos present in the property. This will need to be removed by a professional team that can get it all done properly and safely. It’s a very dangerous substance so should be taken seriously. On top of that, you should find out if there is any lead in the property.

 

Signs of Woodworm

Woodworm is a problem that’s pretty easy to spot because you will see damage to any wood in the home. It looks like lots of little holes in the wood. This is a sure sign that there’s a problem that needs to be treated as soon as possible. Over time, it weakens the wood and can even lead to major collapses. There are plenty of companies out there that can offer woodworm treatment services. Make the most of them if you do find a problem.

Buying an old home can cause tonnes of problems. Window with crumbling plaster and rotten wood.

Problems With Outdated Plumbing

Old plumbing systems that have seen better days might cause you a lot of problems if you don’t deal with them in the right way. It’s definitely the kind of change that you might want to consider making as soon as you buy a property. A modern plumbing system won’t take away from the home’s period character in any way, but it will have a big impact on how you use and experience your home.

 

Damage Caused by Termites

Termite damage can be just as disastrous as woodworm damage, so you should be sure to look out for that too. Swollen floors and wood that seems to be buckling are two symptoms of a termite problem. Despite the cost, time and disruption associated with getting rid of a termite problem, that work needs to be done so don’t be tempted to put it off.

 

Mould and Mildew

Any walls in the home that have been exposed to too much moisture over the years will likely be affected by mould and mildew. These can cause gradually increasing damage to your home and its structure. You will probably notice the smell as soon as you walk into the property, so seek out the source of the problem with your nose and be sure to get it fixed up as soon as you can.

 

Old homes are great for anyone who enjoys renovation work. It allows you to put your own stamp on the property, and that’s got to be a good thing. However, don’t turn a blind eye to the problems you’re likely to face with a home that was built a long time ago because doing so will only cause you more problems later.

An Update on our Study Renovation

All the way back in December, I wrote this post about renovating our study. 

We were planning on having it finished at the end of January, but we have barely even started it. This is just a quick post to say we will renovate our study at some point, but who knows when that will be. Here are the problems we’ve come across with the renovation so far which has stopped it before it even began.

 

Problem #1

So obviously funding is an issue, and we have a wedding to pay for at the end of April . We borrowed some money out of our wedding fund to invest in a written off car. The car belonged to my cousin, and had minor damage to the bumper, front wing and front quarter panel. We got the car for free with plans to spend money on it to hopefully sell it and make a fair amount back.

We’ve borrowed money out of the wedding to buy all the parts we need (new number plates, new alloy wheels, new bumper, new headlights, new wing mirror, etc.) with the hope that we’ll sell the car before the wedding and make all our money back plus extra.

But to be able to use this money for the wedding, we need to sell the car in March/April, which means it needs to go on the market kind of soon. And it’s no where near ready. So Jay’s priority is fixing the car so we can sell it, over renovating the study.

 

Problem #2

We were going to order bits for the study renovation from Travis Perkins in December, but it said there would be two weeks delivery wait. We decided not to order the bits but get a man with a van. Unfortunately, this idea didn’t work out, so we ended up ordering our pieces two weeks later, and then having to wait two weeks for delivery again. So we’re four weeks behind.

We had quite a lot to order. We’ve redone the insulation last week, so the house is toasty. We had to buy plasterboard so we can get rid of the horrible artex on the ceiling. We also bought some other plastering bits because the walls aren’t great. We’ve got lining paper, wallpaper, and paint already, but can’t put it on yet!

 

Problem #3

Although we have everything we need to complete the study renovation, finding the time is difficult. Jay’s working a ‘shut down’ at work, which means three weeks of 12 hour days. When on earth is he going to find the time to plasterboard and skim a ceiling, put lining paper and wallpaper up, and work on the car which we need to sell ASAP?

 

This is the image I’m focusing on until we can start properly concentrating on it:

 

Home office renovation ideas. Photo collage of wallpaper, pink paint, oak desk and wooden floor

 

Our beautiful wallpaper is from Graham and Brown, and our paint is from the Valspar range.

 

Keep updated for when we do actually begin work properly!