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

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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 😀 !!!!

  3. 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

    1. 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)!

  4. 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!

  5. 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

  6. 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!” 😉

    1. 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 🙂

  7. 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? 🙂

    1. 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!

  8. 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.

    1. 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 😦

  9. 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!!

  10. 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.

    1. 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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