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).

 

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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.

Adding Value To Your Home

Adding value to your home is hugely important when you’re trying to sell it.

Buying a home is something that many of us are aiming to do at some stage in our lives.

It happens to be one of the biggest purchases you make. Houses will hold their value or even increase if you do the right things. The proof in this is that 100-year-old houses sell just as easily as new builds.

Many people choose to invest in their property rather than pensions as a way of funding their retirement for the future. One sure fire way to make sure you get the most out of it is to add value yourself rather than relying on the market. But what are the best ways to do that? I wanted to share with you some of your options for adding value to your home.

 

Adding an extension

First of all, there is an extension. This is one of the biggest jobs and the most profitable ways of adding value to your home.

If you have a decent back garden, a garage, or a lot of land at the side then you could have scope for making a great extension. There are certain things you need to do first, such as get a drain survey and plans drawn up.

You will also need to enlist the help of building professionals as an extension requires not just the building, but the heating and wiring and even plumbing depending on what you are doing. So it can also be a pricey job to take on. However, adding more square footage means more money in your valuation which is only a good thing.

 

Adding a conservatory or orangery

If you like the idea of adding more living space but don’t perhaps have the budget for a full scale extension then a conservatory or orangery is a great option. It enables you to extend a room at the back or side of your house. Perhaps off the kitchen so the conservatory becomes a dining or seating area. It doesn’t take as long, and while we still have wiring and building things to organise, it can often be a quick and easy way to add more profit to your home.

 

Changing some of the big ticket rooms in the house

There are rooms in a home that can add the most value when updated and changed. This tends to be the kitchen and the bathroom. They are the two rooms in a home that are used the most, and are therefore what people want when they are searching for a new home themselves. So it is an excellent way of making extra money if you are hoping to boost the valuation and add more money to your investment plans or future savings.

 

Modernising it

Finally, if you are not big on the whole DIY side of things then just adding a few modern touches could really help increase the value of the property. You could update the electrics, add a fresh coat of paint or just change the floors to new carpets or wooden flooring. Again if you don’t want to do the work there are plenty of building firms who can take on these smaller jobs as well.

 

I hope that some of these tips help you when it comes to adding value to your home!

Why You Might Consider a Bathroom Renovation

Taking on a bathroom renovation is a big and scary decision.

You might be lucky enough to have multiple bathrooms, but if, like me, you have one, that one is kind of important. Without it, you can’t shower or use a toilet.

When we did our house renovation, we didn’t have a working toilet, sink or shower for 8 weeks. But luckily we weren’t living there. But the days when I was stripping wallpaper for 6 hours were a struggle. Which is how I got to know all the neighbours, by using their toilets!

Bathrooms are a big part of a household, and they’re the one room we can’t sacrifice.  Yet, bathrooms are sometimes a little outdated, and the amount of water exposure means the room can get a lot more damaged than other areas in the house.

Below are a few good reasons as to why you should undergo a bathroom renovation.

 

It Adds a lot of Value

If your bathroom has been updated recently with new water fixtures and new shiny tiles, you’re going to be able to sell your house a lot faster and for a higher price. There’s a very good return investment on bathroom renovations alone, often garnering over a 100% profit when it comes to navigating the market.

If you’re not planning on selling up, your bathroom can still hold a lot of personal value. Maybe you paid for everything in it, or painted the ceiling (like me). Even if you just love your walk-in shower. There will be parts of your bathroom that you love.

 

You can change the layout

Maybe you hated the way the shower was right behind the door, or thought there wasn’t enough space between the toilet and the sink. If you’re doing a bathroom renovation, these are the sorts of things you can change.

Have an experiment with the layout and think about where things could logically go for better access.

Making a bathroom accessible is great for early mornings and late nights, and for guests who have difficulty walking or manoeuvring in any way. You could consider ease of access when your parents or grandparents come over. Just a little step like this to better accommodate them shows them all the love you hold for them, and it’s just a more practical solution at the end of the day.

The one problem with our house is that the only bathroom is upstairs, and there’s no room downstairs for a small toilet and sink. Luckily, my grandparents are all quite healthy, and don’t struggle with stairs yet.

 

It’s Water Efficient

Water efficiency is a big problem a lot of us face, and that means we need to make it easier to adhere to. Why not install a tankless source that makes sure you don’t use more than your necessary 5 minutes worth?

If you’re the type of person who likes to spend a while in the shower, taking care of your hair and skin, try to cut down. Look into the best tankless water heater for you or your family’s needs, as a lot of heaters come with different specifications, and you may need to go big or small.

 

Bathrooms are always a worthy investment! We renovated ours and now it’s a lovely space I can chill out in. You can see our bathroom before and after here!

Six Décor Changes To Make a Big Impact In Your Home

Fed up of your home? Here are Décor Changes To Make a Big Impact on your homes’ interior.

If you want to give your home a bit of a redesign before the festive season begins, we’re giving you some ideas! However, it’s pretty understandable if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on it.

A brand new kitchen design, for example, can be expensive and will take quite a while to get done. While it will make an impact to the home, it isn’t going to be top of the list for things to do around the house.

So here are some decor changes to make a big impact on your home, without it having to take too much time to get it done. Have you got plans to renovate or redecorate before the year is through?

Create Scale

Some of the most stunning show homes have something in common; each room creates scale.

An oversized lamp in a living area could be just the thing to make a big change. Or perhaps a large sofa that takes up a lot of the room. A grand super king bed in a bedroom could be an option too. For this kind of thing, you can just work with what you have already. It could be placing an indoor plant on a box or putting a lamp on a shelf. It is all about creating scale and it can make some dramatic changes.

 

Consider Accessibility

Accessibility can work in a number of different ways, depending on your situation at home and who lives there.

You could add in something like a lift from The Terry Group as a practical feature, or even just a way to add value.

The front of your house could be considered for accessibility too; do you have a lot of stairs to climb to get to your front door? You can have fun with this kind of thing too, if you have children, for example. A slide alongside your stairs could be a fun way to have things, as well as a new driveway or wider doorways.

Some of these are on the grander scale of things, but some of them really aren’t and could be simple to do, but they create a big impact on the home.

 

Create a Photo Wall

A wall for artwork, quotes, and photographs is a great way to completely change the look of a room, or even just a stairwell or hallway.

It is like repainting the wall, but with texture and colours from the prints. You can make this work for you and choose things to be as subtle as you would like. If you have children, framing their creations and making a wall of their artwork could be fun in a playroom or child’s bedroom. It doesn’t take much, but will make a dramatic change.

 

Rearrange Furniture

One of the simplest things that you can do, without having to spend a penny, is to simply rearrange the furniture that you have in your home.

Could your bed fit alongside a different wall, for example? How about making your sofas look more like an L-shape, rather than facing each other? You don’t have to use the shape of the room if you don’t want to; you can create your own walls by where you place furniture. Look online for some ideas, and take some measurements before you start.

 

Jazz Up a Fireplace or Mantel

If you have a fireplace or mantel in your living or dining area, then what have you done with it so far? For many people, it can be something that accumulates junk on top of the mantel or dust in the fireplace.

But you can really make these things a statement area by jazzing them up with some accessories. Changing it up seasonally can be a good idea too, so you can create a different look and use of colour.

 

Bring the Outdoors Inside

Adding colour with greenery from the outside, as well as florals, is a great way to get a pretty inexpensive pick-me-up. It doesn’t have to be an expensive indoor tree. But a few branches or a planter can make a big difference to the look and feel of the room. It can create an instant cosier look as a plant can round off harsh corners in a room, as well as add colour.

 

These are just some decor changes to make a big impact. Have you done any of the above before? What has been the most daring thing you’ve done in your home in the past? Would love to hear in the comments.

Jay demolishes things: I remove wallpaper

I was really excited to get the wallpaper off the walls, partly because it was all patterned and pink.

The wallpaper in this room wasn’t too bad, and I could have lived with it, but that carpet!

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Exhibit A

You can’t tell from the photo but it was all worn through in several places, especially around the sofas where people would sit down.

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Exhibit B

Exhibit B manages to ever-so-gracefully demonstrate all the ugly carpet and wallpaper that was throughout the whole house.

The carpet downstairs was pink, and upstairs, green. Though not just one shade of green, but two or even three! The wallpaper is a combination of pink and green with big flowers on it. It is quite obvious that this place has not been decorated since the 1950s threw up on it.

office wallpaper

Exhibit C

Exhibit C shows what will be our office, with TWO DIFFERENT CARPET PATTERNS. The second, 70s-esque carpet was hidden beneath two wardrobes when we looked around the first time. So that was a lovely surprise.

I think the combination of the three pictures have demonstrated the datedness of the house. Yet, we still thought: “We’ll just remove some wallpaper, get some new carpet and all will be fine”.

Removing the wallpaper took me about 3/4 weeks. It was in every single room of the house, including the bathroom and kitchen. Once it was removed, we quickly realised that we’d need the whole thing plastering.

wallpaper-less wall

Next time we buy a house, I’m making a point of seeing how much wallpaper there is. This wall alone took me about 4 hours. I used a steamer, which just made the adhesive more sticky and therefore it stuck to the floors, the skirting boards and myself.

Who knew it could be so messy!

Keep coming back to the blog to see how the plastering turns out.