I think I have moaned enough about expensive surprises, and the difficulties of managing tradesmen for now. Although I am sure I could moan a bit more I figured it would be nice to share a bit about the type of look we are going for and what inspires us.
We have been watching Grand Designs for far too long, and consequently have developed quite an architectural taste. Our new home is a Victorian property, quite traditional end-of terrace, which has unfortunately been slaughtered by a series of incompetent and marauding home "improvers" over the years. Much of the original features have been lost in the process, which is a real shame.
Our dream would be to combine original Victorian features with some simple modern touches. Overall we are going for grey and white in the bedroom and in the kitchen, and bedroom can have a bit of pop in colour (blue, green, and berry). I wanted to have one of the bedrooms yellow, but couldn't find the right cold, citrusy pale yellow I had in mind, so a gorgeous berry came to replace that.
We are big fans of white and whitewashed wood features, so that is the look we are going for. For the floor we chose bamboo - cheaper than traditional wood flooring and excellent durability. For the stairs we have gone for whitewashed plywood, and are planning on leaving the "stacks" in show, so you get these funky architectural linings. We were drawn towards glass instead of banisters, but as that is the (very) expensive option, we decided to go for something interesting, funky, and cheap... Thin banisters all the way to the ceiling!
For the kitchen we are going ultramodern. No handles, gloss graphite grey and white, stainless steel Neff appliances, and stainless steel worktops with a welded in sink. So excited about the whole thing! Especially my sink. I am also planning on painting the whole wall in dark grey blackboard paint to act as a giant art wall for us, and potentially installing a little bookcase for my ever-expanding cooking book collection.
For the entrance hallway I want us to get caustic tiles. These tiles then would be used in front of the fireplace for a visual reference. As we just can't afford and don't have the energy to do the fireplace at the same time as the rest of the renovations we have decided to do a quick fix, box it in, and just put candles inside for the time being. Hubby bought a reclaimed wooden mantelpiece for a fiver, which will be a project to restore and install once we move in.
What do you think of these ideas?
Check my renovation series here:
Part 1 - Our new home
Part 2 - Surprises
Part 3 - Project management