Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Our New House - Before Renovations

 On the first week of December 2012 Andrew and I moved from our rented house in Netherby into the Adelaide Hills.  For me, moving back into the Adelaide Hills is like moving back home.  It's where I grew up.  Our house is located on a quiet street, close to an oval and bushland.  We have lovely neighbours who have all gone out of their way to make us feel welcome.  It's almost a case of worst house on the best street and it is going to take some work to get the house up to scratch.  But I enjoy a challenge and I love that our house is going to be a work in progress.  By the time it's finished it will well and truly have our mark on it.  So before we do anything to the house I thought I would take a few photos of our first week in the house.

Lets begin with the interior...

The top left photo is of our very blue kitchen.  Blue walls, blue cupboards, bench tops, blue lino on the floor, I only wish you could see the dark blue 'textured' feature wall!

Next, in the top right we have the very blue laundry.  It's in desperate need of a coat of paint, maybe a new cupboard, new floor to replace brown daggy tiles and a new laundry sink to replace the one with no door.

The bottom left is our bathroom.  When we bought the house three years ago the bath was rusty on the edges.  Andrew gave it a coat of paint before we rented it out.  Again, the brown floor tiles need to go.  We also need to replace the rest of the tiles and the shower screen door that is coming away from the frame.

Lastly, we have the minty fresh baby room.  To be honest, I'm not sure what they were thinking when that painted it spearmint green!

We come to the backyard... 

The backyard is lovely!  That is apart from the fence that is coming down at the back, the fernery which has been taken over by the grass, the pile of bricks and sheet metal in the back corner of the yard (which was home to a juvenile brown snake a week ago).

The veggie patch is overgrown with weeds, grass and garden clippings at the moment.  I'm really looking forward to getting it ready for our winter crop very soon.  Again, it's a work in progress and one that I am quite excited about.  Andrew and I are dreaming about our pergola area.

Eventually we will rip out all the ferns, remove the shade cloth and wooden structure and start again.  This time we will make sure that there isn't a pole in the middle of what would be a very usable space!

In a place where there is so much to do it's difficult to know what to do first.  We have armed ourselves with paint swatches from the paint shop, drawn up some rough plans for the back yard and have done some research into building a chicken coup.  Watch out house!

So we're in and we're are settled.  It's a work in progress but one I am very proud to call ours.
Have you ever renovated or have any renovation tips or ideas?  I would love to hear from you!

1 comment:

  1. “...worst house on the best street...” - When I saw the picture, I immediately understand what you meant by this statement. In all the rooms, I think the baby room need the most attention. The spearmint green paint definitely darken the whole room, considering that it has a huge window inside it that supposed to let natural light to come in. How's the renovation progressing, by the way?
    #Willene Fagen @