Still Here…and wearing my “Lady Builder” hat again!

10 Oct

Yes, we’re back Down by the Sea, and taking on another mad building project. Sorry, we’ve only been here since last weekend and have already settled back into our little home and started work. It’s been manic, but am trying to keep up with you all. Please excuse me if I’ve missed a few posts, or my comments have been a little short. You do know I miss you all…don’t you?

And because I know some of you like to see those “before” and “after” shots….here are a few “oh my god, what on earth are we doing this again for?” shots!

You all know I like a good bathroom challenge…..

A hip bath - always handy for washing your hips!

A hip bath – always handy for washing your hips!

An overgrown garden…bring it on!

2 Ago 2013 (11)

Hey, an original feature….let’s keep that one.

The rubble on the floor is part of the ceiling which has fallen down - hey, you can't have everything!

The rubble on the floor is part of the ceiling which has fallen down – hey, you can’t have everything!

Normal service will be resumed shortly….sort of.


55 Responses to “Still Here…and wearing my “Lady Builder” hat again!”

  1. Promenade Claire October 10, 2013 at 23:44 #

    He, he, bring it on! Well actually bring on the curry!!!

  2. Mad Dog October 11, 2013 at 01:06 #

    Welcome back!
    I can imagine a new shower in the bathroom and vegetables in the garden 😉

    • Chica Andaluza October 11, 2013 at 21:35 #

      You’ve seen the plans! Actually we knocked one of the bathroom walls down today 🙂

  3. Diane Thorn October 11, 2013 at 01:12 #

    OK, where’s the kitchen – or is it just too bad for first viewing.
    I love a challenge, but I reckon you two have taken on a mighty one – again.
    All the best.

    • Chica Andaluza October 11, 2013 at 21:36 #

      Oops – I’ll have to put a photo up – t was pretty vile but it’s going to be fab!

  4. Eha October 11, 2013 at 03:47 #

    Oops, another fun one to follow! You do the work, we enjoy the latter armchair style 🙂 ! You are way more interesting than what we get on TV 😀 !!!!

    • Chica Andaluza October 11, 2013 at 21:36 #

      Real life makeovers – with no film crew, no big budgets and a lot of blood, sweat and tears!

      • Eha October 12, 2013 at 02:14 #

        🙂 !

  5. Marianne October 11, 2013 at 08:47 #

    I’m glad you are keeping the lovely fireplace, Tanya 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza October 11, 2013 at 21:37 #

      Couldn’t take that out and we also have some amazing ceiling coving…will have to put up a pic!

  6. thecompletebook October 11, 2013 at 09:04 #

    Ooo, I am so excited! That’s easy for me to say, seeing that I don’t have to do any of the hard work, although I would be there in a heartbeat to help. I love the transformation process from before to after so bring it on.
    Have a lovely weekend and don’t work too hard.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • Chica Andaluza October 11, 2013 at 21:37 #

      Ah, thanks Mandy – we’ve started work and are still at the “excited” stage!

  7. Tandy | Lavender and Lime October 11, 2013 at 09:12 #

    that bath looks big enough only for the dogs! Good luck and have fun xxx

    • Chica Andaluza October 11, 2013 at 21:38 #

      Hadn’t thought of that – maybe we should have recycled it as a doggie bath – could have been an interesting feature!

  8. Food,Photography & France October 11, 2013 at 09:26 #

    Good luck… the pink suite in the bathroom:)

  9. TBM October 11, 2013 at 10:12 #

    Loving the pink tub and sink. And wow, that garden is just calling your name to save it!

    • Chica Andaluza October 11, 2013 at 21:39 #

      Very tasteful wasn’t it?! Big Man has already cleared the garden – it looks so much bigger already 🙂

  10. themateriallady October 11, 2013 at 11:52 #

    That fireplace is lovely – but I will pass on that bath. How on earth can you read in that? (I still have books – no bath is safe for an e-reader!)

    • Chica Andaluza October 11, 2013 at 21:40 #

      Oh me too – a book and a glass of wine in the bath is a great thing to look forward to at the end of the day (and I still have good old fashioned printed books too)!

  11. Bluejellybeans October 11, 2013 at 13:46 #

    Oh, I know you two love these projects!! Te lo vas a pasar genial, sobretodo planeando cómo actualizar ese cuarto de baño, oh! y el jardín es una monada, el espacio, quiero decir. Seguro que cuando acabes con él será una maravilla 🙂
    ¡Buena suerte!

    • Chica Andaluza October 11, 2013 at 21:43 #

      Ya me conoces muy bien – hoy estábamos hacienda planes para la cocina y el cuarto de baño!

  12. Danny & Sue October 11, 2013 at 13:56 #

    The lady builders hat is fine, but please,no builders bum, lol. Glad you are well and cracking on with the new project. XXX S & D

    • Chica Andaluza October 11, 2013 at 21:43 #

      Don’t worry – it’s getting chilly here and the rear end is well covered up! Hope you are both well xx

  13. TheDorsetFinca October 11, 2013 at 14:00 #

    You are brave! I love the picture of the bathroom – I wonder what marvel you will turn it into… 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza October 11, 2013 at 21:44 #

      Brave or crazy?! Hopefully we can turn it back into a lovely little family home 🙂

  14. gardenfreshtomatoes October 11, 2013 at 14:18 #

    The fireplace with the tile hearth is what sold you on this one, isn’t it? 😉
    You guys are getting good at this!

    • Chica Andaluza October 11, 2013 at 21:45 #

      Yup! Can you believe the first time I didn’t even notice that half of the ceiling was on the floor 🙂

  15. narf77 October 11, 2013 at 18:42 #

    Not sure my middle aged “hips” would run to being dipped in that pink monstrosity to be honest. I think I would only attempt a dunking after a few stiff scotches and to be honest, that would probably result in me drowning! That garden is teeny. So much easier to make something quick, pretty, functional AND cheap when you only have a few square feet to do it in ;). LOVE that fireplace…SCORE! Who needs a ceiling when you have a fireplace like that? 😉 Back at the coalface…You KNOW you love it :). Can’t wait to see how it all turns out. I LOVE renovating from thousands of miles away from the comfort of my computer chair waving toast in the air over a hot mug of tea “work harder you lazy buggers…some of us want to see!” 😉

    • Chica Andaluza October 11, 2013 at 21:48 #

      That bath was hysterical, we’ve already had to move a wall. And yes, all those gardens are teeny tiny but back in the day (120 years ago) they were great as the little families could have a couple of chickies and a few veggies out there as (marvel of marvels) they had INSIDE loos 🙂 Downstairs and outside the back door, granted, but not shared and not at the end of the garden. Those Victorians were living in the height of luxury 🙂

      • narf77 October 11, 2013 at 22:13 #

        Life of the bourgeois eh? ;). I bet the local councils wouldn’t let you have a few chickies out there now! 😉

      • Chica Andaluza October 11, 2013 at 22:42 #

        Probably not – although a few neighbours have veggie patches!

      • narf77 October 12, 2013 at 03:30 #

        That’s always a good start 🙂 (then you can hide chooks in the flower pots around the edges 😉 )

      • Chica Andaluza October 12, 2013 at 14:27 #


  16. PendleStitches October 11, 2013 at 19:41 #

    The bathroom is “delightful” 😉 but the original fireplace is just wonderful. I cannot wait to see what you do with this one. Have fun!

    • Chica Andaluza October 11, 2013 at 21:51 #

      We knocked down a wall today to allow us to get a proper bath in! Am off now to have a hot shower to wash the dust away 🙂

  17. Maggie Ioannou October 11, 2013 at 20:04 #

    Glad to have you back. Sorry no more fabrics to donate to the cause. Ria now has first pick!

    • Chica Andaluza October 11, 2013 at 21:50 #

      Yes, but you know anything she picks out she’ll send ot me for “making up”! Hopefully see you soon 🙂

  18. restlessjo October 11, 2013 at 20:41 #

    Nice fireplace 🙂 You’re a human dynamo!

    • Chica Andaluza October 11, 2013 at 21:49 #

      A holiday would be nice though….!

      • restlessjo October 11, 2013 at 21:56 #

        Still on hold? I’m in Barcelona 3 weeks come Sunday. Not counting the days, or anything! 🙂

      • Chica Andaluza October 11, 2013 at 21:57 #

        Yes, it was the summer from hell, but hey, something will come along eventually! Have a wonderful time in Barca – how could you not?!

  19. Rachel October 11, 2013 at 23:28 #

    Houses are never done but I think you’re getting close… woohoo!

  20. ChgoJohn October 12, 2013 at 07:07 #

    Friends just bought a condo and there are pink fixtures in their bathroom, too. What were these people thinking? Pink? As Marie said, it was all about the fireplace. I can’t wait to see this place once you’ve applied your magic touch. I bet you can’t either, eh? 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza October 12, 2013 at 14:28 #

      You should see some of the horrors we’ve viewed. I think the worst was a burgundy bathroom with black sparkly wall tiles! We are at the stage where we’re bouncing lots of ideas round as well as starting the work – this is the fun bit before the really hard slog!

  21. spree October 12, 2013 at 17:05 #

    You have proven that you are NOT one to shrink from a challenge, Tanya! That’s a comical tub, never seen one like it, though I’ve seen plenty (more than enough) of pink. Grateful for your funny befores and am anxious for the big lovely reveals! That fireplace has to be the focus, the inspiration, of the whole house, so charming and pretty! Best of luck you energetic soul! Happy to be along for your adventure.

    • Chica Andaluza October 14, 2013 at 21:04 #

      AH, thanks Spree – I think those baths were “popular” here a while back when older folk started putting bathrooms into spaces which really should just have been airing cupboards 😦

  22. spicegirlfla October 14, 2013 at 23:05 #

    Hi Tanya, I’ve been missing in action for awhile but found this so interesting as I sure bought a fixer upper this time! I wish I had a help out, but now seeing your before pics, I don’t feel alone! I’ve never seen a bathtub like that one before!!

    • Chica Andaluza October 15, 2013 at 23:58 #

      Hi Linda and how wonderful to hear from you! Good luck with your renovating, you’ll have to show us some photos 🙂

  23. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen October 17, 2013 at 04:10 #

    Ahhh… now I see what you’ve been up to, that’ll serve me right for reading your posts in reverse:D I’m excited to watch your new project unfold, especially that bathroom, although I am a bit partial to pink.. xx

    • Chica Andaluza October 18, 2013 at 20:50 #

      Yes, busy here with more renovations…but that pink was not a good pink, and that bath was sooooo bad!

  24. bitsandbreadcrumbs October 31, 2013 at 15:17 #

    I’m catching up, but see that you are at it again. You guys are so good at this, I could have used your help! Much more fun to do this when you want to as a project. 🙂 Can’t wait to see it unfold.

    • Chica Andaluza October 31, 2013 at 19:30 #

      I agree – when we’ve had to do work in our home because things have “gone wrong” it’s so demoralising 😦 Glad you are pretty much back on track now though!

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