Sunday, December 07, 2008
We are on the cusp of starting an epic renovation project on our 1820's house here in Cellardyke - just the building warrant to get then it's a case of getting the right builder etc.
I have a pile of interiors/renovations magazines and books about 3 feet high to help me decide what to do in each bit of the house, though I think I have just confused myself.However - this blog by an American book designer all about her own renovation project in upstate New York is brilliant and I might even chuck away all my mags and just copy her, as she has delectable style!!!
To give you an idea of what is happening to my house here is a brief lowdown:
3 story house - no right angles whatsoever.
Ground Floor: my studio and spare bedroom 1 are on the ground floor, and are staying put.
The corridor on the ground floor will have a doorway punched through on one side
to create access to a new part of the house, which is currently a dank, dark storeroom which is at right angles to the rest of the house and sits below the current kitchen.
This space will be completely overhauled, with a new wet room (!) and a flexible space which can be study/spareroom/gallery. The current woodens doors that lead out onto an underused courtyard will become glass folding doors and the minging courtyard will become a fern garden.
Middle floor: Currently contains our bedroom and a spare room and the bathroom.
There is a spiral wooden staircase that goes all the way up through the house and just off this lies the current kitchen...which I HATE.
This kitchen is being turned into a brighter (new roof windows) utility space, with a new cloakroom, more storage (we have nack all in the house) and a dedicated dog sleeping/mucky boots area at the back door, which leads out onto our lovely, sunny, sloping back garden.
Our bedroom is going to be the new kitchen...with a space for a big table! We entertain a lot so this kitchen is much anticipated! There will be a new door slapped through from this new kitchen onto a new wooden terrace which will wrap round the back of the house and join onto the new utility/old kitchen which is at right angles to the rest of the house. This terrace will look down onto the courtyard mentioned above.
The spare bedroom and bathroom will become our little "apartment" with walls moving and the ensuite becoming the dinkiest room, but with a full size bath too. There will be custom built wardrobes in the bedroom too.
Top floor: Upstairs is our sitting room and is completely open plan. We love it and will not change anything there apart from getting shot of the mang carpet and maybe installing a wood burning stove. It is all white painted stone and tongue and groove and is a great space for relaxing in.
I might do a room sixteen and keep a blog of all the work that is going to happen - so stay tuned!
here is a pic of the room on the middle level that will become our bedroom(it used to be my studio).Also a pic of the ground floor hallway, which will have a new doorway on the left at the end. No pics of the current kitchen as it is so vile it might hurt your eyes.
I'll add more pics to this post when I am on the right computer!
Posted by Jill Calder at 3:26 pm