We’ve done it! We’ve finally moved into our first home. It has certainly been a long process, and I’m sure it’s still not over.
It started in November when we first saw the house for sale. That same day (very out of character for us) we made an offer on it which was accepted! There were a few hiccups along the way, but we finally gained possession of the house in January.
From January until the end of August we’ve been knocking down walls and illegal extensions; cleaning, cleaning, cleaning; ripping up carpet and lino; painting walls, cupboards and doors; putting down floating floorboards and carpet. (Here are some photos of what it used to look like).
We’ve had lots of help from family and friends with everything from painting to knocking down walls. From removing rubbish (thanks dads!) to putting in sliding doors in the bathroom and loo. My brother-in-law Joel has helped us the most, and for a while he was coming over every weekend to help (he’s a chippy so is a great help). We really appreciate all the help we’ve had, we couldn’t have done it without you (especially you Joel)!
So now our home is habitable!
We only have curtains in our bedroom (which makes sitting in the lounge watching TV at night kind of weird. We’ve still got boxes and boxes of stuff in the back bedroom, waiting for a more permanent home. We’re still missing our pantry door. We have no hooks in the walls, and therefore no pictures on the walls. We’re missing some skirting boards and some cornice still needs painting.
But it’s all good.
The backyard before we got to work. It was full of rubbish!
The long, dry grass. A perfect hiding place for snakes.
But now the backyard’s starting to take shape!
Sam’s started planting a few things.
The dining room. Notice there are a few doors resting against the wall here waiting to be hung.
One of Sam’s many indoor plants. Lucky I love them.
Our kitchen. We still need to paint that panel behind the breakfast bar.
We’re really happy with the floor. These are floating timber boards, but they’ve been distressed to make it look a bit old/reclaimed.
Notice the missing pantry door.
Our new laundry. We’re very happy with this room. Except for the washing machine. It’s not working properly. But it’s the plumbing’s fault, and that’ll get fixed soon.
This is the bathroom. We still don’t have towel racks, hence the towel hanging on the bath. Can you spot another indoor plant?
Middle bedroom. This room actually looks much better now than it does in this photo.
Our bedroom. It looks much better in real life now too.
Lounge. It’s not quite so messy anymore. I really will have to post some more recent photos soon.
We’re waiting on some new lounges. But until December(!) this will have to do. Notice we’re using the bookshelf as a blind? Hopefully we’ll get our curtains on soon so we can move this and start filling it with our books.
We love it.