After our offer was accepted, the lovely vendor let us spend quite a lot of time at the house, getting to grips with what we needed to do, taking photos, measuring and we even had a couple of meetings with our architect before we exchanged.
I thought I’d share all of the ‘before’ pictures, some from the estate agent listing and most from the time we spent there on our viewings.
The house is in a pretty desperate state of repair, externally render needs redecorating, timber needs repair and painting, the timber extension needs pulling down and rebuilding. Also the drive needs a LOT of work. The front garden/drive is huge, but taken over by a huge rhododendron, the biggest conifer ever and a massive lawn. With all that space you can just about squeeze two cars on but have to move one to let the other out!
Inside there is a good sized porch with lovely quarry tiles and a cupboard which houses the boiler and electric board :/
Then through the front door you walk straight into the front living room. There is no hall as such, you could make one but I don’t think we will.
Opposite this at the back of the house is the back living room. Both these rooms have beautiful arches over the bay windows and high ceilings. The back lounge has a strange single door as part of the bay window which will need dealing with.. and some very attractive secondary glazing that I think we might keep :p
They are filthy though, and the carpet is rock hard and crumbling but nothing we can’t deal with. They both also have beautiful t&g floorboards underneath just waiting to be sanded!
Next to the back lounge is the kitchen. As the saying goes, if you have nothing nice to say…! It will all change, it’s fine!
Now it’s like a maze downstairs! There are two doorways out of the kitchen, one via the pantry to the other back lounge area.
This lounge, we’re calling it the sitting room to avoid confusion (!) has sliding doors out onto the patio. This is the back part of the timber extension that needs rebuilding.
The other doorway out of the kitchen at the front of the house leads into a huge utility room which also houses the cupboard under the stairs (which is grim). From there you pass through a mini vestibule which has a doorway to the downstairs cloakroom.
This has a lovely avocado suite and chalet style timber panelling! There is a lot of random pine carpentry round this house and all of it has been nibbled by the previous parrot occupant (not that we’d be keeping it anyway!). Then you can loop back through the other way to the sitting room. There are so many doors in this house!
Back to the front door, the stairs are immediately to the right as you walk in the door. I quite like the staircase, it’s got some lovely little windows which add character, but its narrow, the ceiling is very low and it twists on the way up!
On the landing, to the left is the bathroom, a lovely primrose suite with shell pink woodwork! Also a huge cupboard behind the bath running the full length in the eves. Such wasted space, we need to do something with.
The bathroom is the only sticking point we had with the house. The three walls slant because of the eves and the full height wall has a huge cupboard boxing the hump from the stairs that comes into the bathroom. So there is no place for a shower. But wait for it.. 😛
The airing cupboard on the landing has been converted into a shower cubicle, I mean..
No words really. I guess the elderly lady who was living there got to the point where she needed to have a shower instead of a bath and that was the easiest place to put one. Moving on.
The front bedroom is where the boys want to share. Recently decorated, new carpet and a lovely sized bedroom. This is the only room that’s not desperate for attention. Although it does only have one single plug socket!
The master bedroom is behind it at the back of the house. We just love the old windows with the original glass and that view at the back. It’s also got loads of character and a beautiful bedroom fireplace. This is going to be Flo’s bedroom.
Lastly there’s a good sized third bedroom at the back which will make a lovely spare room. This has a fireplace too but it’s been blocked up unfortunately and plastered over. Again, the carpet is grim and crumbling.
Heading into the garden, the outside space is what really sold it to us. We love having a big garden and couldn’t contemplate moving to a smaller one.
There is a patio area although the whole area is sinking and needs rebuilding but that will be done after the extension is finished. After that the garden is in four sections:
The first lawn
The greenhouse lawn
The secret garden area
And then there’s an area at the end perfect for bonfires and has some huge shed which are perfect for my bunnies. This backs onto woodland.
So that’s what we’re working with, can’t wait to share the progress!