We bought a house! | Renovation & Design Plan

I’ve been absent from the blog for the majority of the year, but I’ve been itching to get back at it. Initially I had a lack of inspiration. Then in May we bought a house, which we hope will be our forever home, but it has ended up taking A LOT of our time. Now I have more than enough ideas to share, but feel like there isn’t enough hours in a day.

I want to preface this by saying that I know that we are incredibly fortunate to be in a position where we could purchase a property. I feel incredibly lucky and appreciate that this isn’t something within everyone’s means. In saying that it also wasn’t easy, we saved for several years and the bank still owns the majority of the house. We’ve also sold our old property privately. But if all goes according to plan, in twenty to thirty long years it will be ours and will be almost unrecognisable.

You see, the reason we finally found something within our price range, in our dream neighbourhood that ticked most of our boxes was because it was still in all its original 80’s splendor. Think archways everywhere, facebrick interior walls and way too many clashing wood tones. Thankfully we contracted a great independent builder. He helped us in cleaning up the floorplan a little (the previous owners had extended without taking down exernal doors between the new and old floorplan) and plastered all the interior facebrick.

After months of painting, plumbing, polyfilling, sanding (and more sanding!) and tiling, our house is finally liveable. We’ve broken the renovation down into phases, so it isn’t too overwhelming for us or our budget. The majority of the work was completed during the first phase, but we still want to add a security fence at the front of the property, renovate the main on-suite bath, do the rest of the windows and convert the braai room into a living room with a fireplace. If that doesn’t sound like enough, there are also a million other smaller jobs to keep us busy as well.

Long story short, we had to move out of old place and into the new home that isn’t even close to finished. When we finally came around to ordering the fun stuff like flooring, we found almost everything we like was out of stock or had incredibly long lead times. The wall-to-wall carpet is being installed in the bedrooms today, which should see a massive improvement in the dust levels, and the laminate flooring will hopefully arrive by the end of the month. Plumbing, tiling and electricals are done in the kitchen but we’re waiting on the cabinet fabricator for the majority of the kitchen. Meanwhile there is still so much painting to do as the majority of the house’s ceiling are knotty pine that we’re painting white. It feels like we’ve placed our furniture in the middle of a build site. So by the time we actually have flooring throughout it will feel like we’re living in luxury!

I have so much fun content in mind with this house, so please let me know what you’d like to see? I have a design plan nailed for a few rooms, we’re using all our old furniture and will only add to it where necessary. Most rooms will be styled similar to before, but we have a few more rooms in this house that have to be styled from scratch. For now we’re just focused on the basics, like organising blinds/drapes, hanging our exisiting art and eliminating all the dust. Oh and decorating for Christmas!

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