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…..
An overgrown garden…bring it on!
Hey, an original feature….let’s keep that one.
Normal service will be resumed shortly….sort of.
55 thoughts on “Still Here…and wearing my “Lady Builder” hat again!”
He, he, bring it on! Well actually bring on the curry!!!
I can imagine a new shower in the bathroom and vegetables in the garden 😉
You’ve seen the plans! Actually we knocked one of the bathroom walls down today 🙂
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.
Oops – I’ll have to put a photo up – t was pretty vile but it’s going to be fab!
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 😀 !!!!
Real life makeovers – with no film crew, no big budgets and a lot of blood, sweat and tears!
I’m glad you are keeping the lovely fireplace, Tanya 🙂
Couldn’t take that out and we also have some amazing ceiling coving…will have to put up a pic!
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
Ah, thanks Mandy – we’ve started work and are still at the “excited” stage!
that bath looks big enough only for the dogs! Good luck and have fun xxx
Hadn’t thought of that – maybe we should have recycled it as a doggie bath – could have been an interesting feature!
Good luck…..love the pink suite in the bathroom:)
I’m more of an “avocado” girl myself 😉
Loving the pink tub and sink. And wow, that garden is just calling your name to save it!
Very tasteful wasn’t it?! Big Man has already cleared the garden – it looks so much bigger already 🙂
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!)
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)!
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 🙂
Ya me conoces muy bien – hoy estábamos hacienda planes para la cocina y el cuarto de baño!
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
Don’t worry – it’s getting chilly here and the rear end is well covered up! Hope you are both well xx
You are brave! I love the picture of the bathroom – I wonder what marvel you will turn it into… 🙂
Brave or crazy?! Hopefully we can turn it back into a lovely little family home 🙂
The fireplace with the tile hearth is what sold you on this one, isn’t it? 😉
You guys are getting good at this!
Yup! Can you believe the first time I didn’t even notice that half of the ceiling was on the floor 🙂
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!” 😉
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 🙂
Life of the bourgeois eh? ;). I bet the local councils wouldn’t let you have a few chickies out there now! 😉
Probably not – although a few neighbours have veggie patches!
That’s always a good start 🙂 (then you can hide chooks in the flower pots around the edges 😉 )
The bathroom is “delightful” 😉 but the original fireplace is just wonderful. I cannot wait to see what you do with this one. Have fun!
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 🙂
Glad to have you back. Sorry no more fabrics to donate to the cause. Ria now has first pick!
Yes, but you know anything she picks out she’ll send ot me for “making up”! Hopefully see you soon 🙂
Nice fireplace 🙂 You’re a human dynamo!
A holiday would be nice though….!
Still on hold? I’m in Barcelona 3 weeks come Sunday. Not counting the days, or anything! 🙂
Yes, it was the summer from hell, but hey, something will come along eventually! Have a wonderful time in Barca – how could you not?!
Houses are never done but I think you’re getting close… woohoo!
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? 🙂
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!
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.
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 😦
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 Mr.to help out, but now seeing your before pics, I don’t feel alone! I’ve never seen a bathtub like that one before!!
Hi Linda and how wonderful to hear from you! Good luck with your renovating, you’ll have to show us some photos 🙂
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
Yes, busy here with more renovations…but that pink was not a good pink, and that bath was sooooo bad!
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.
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!