A new project as we embark on our ‘forever’ home

Yesterday was momentous for us.

Having sold our family home earlier this year we’ve been on the move since end July and on the look out for a new place to call home. We missed out in sealed bids on a couple of properties we liked which was disappointing at the time, but kept positive that eventually all the pieces would fall in to place. Until then, we have just had to laugh at the confusion, live for the moment and wait patiently, confident that everything happens for a reason.

And yesterday a piece of that puzzle fell in to place for us. We completed on the purchase of a 1930s detached property that we are so excited to be turning in to our forever family home.

There you have it – it’s written down in print – our forever home. Given all our moves over the last 15 years no one believes that this is it for us, and I don’t blame them! Our 15yr old daughter is our benchmark as that’s when we started building and developing houses – she’s lived in 9 different houses in her lifetime so far, including our current rental property!

But this is it for us with this final move. Until we’re old and downsizing, this is going to be our forever family home. We love the location, being an easy walk to St. Albans city centre and Verulamium Park. We love the 1930s vibe of the house that we’re going to work with sympathetically when renovating and extending to maintain many of the period features. We love the large garden that backs out on to a local park. We love the independence the kids will be able to have living here as they progress further through their teens and beyond.

It needs a lot of work and TLC, but that’s part of the excitement as we turn it into our own perfect homely space. And, ultimately, that’s Mac’s forte, he’ll be in his absolute element creating this family home for us. Then I get to be creative and get my designer geek on for the interiors. Yay!

So here’s a sneak preview of the “before”. Before we ReVamp it!

We’re planning to keep the ceiling roses and coving downstairs but we’ll be losing the red carpet and looking to put a Victorian mosaic floor in to the entrance hallway. We’re also looking at creating a black curved staircase as a real feature on entering the house.

We love the large rooms, high ceilings and bay windows typical of this period property, so won’t be changing much in here other than upgrading the plumbing, electrics and windows.

Likewise, we’ll be keeping this back lounge pretty much in it’s current shape and structure, ceiling rose and all, just replacing the radiators throughout the ground floor with underfloor heating and putting a log burner in.

As part of the extension, we’re also looking to create an American style porch / verandah off the back of the lounge for undercover outdoor dining.

This whole kitchen area will become part of the extension on the right hand side of the property, creating a large open plan kitchen / diner. This is where we’ll be complimenting the 1930s vibe with a touch of modern day family living.

Upstairs meanwhile, we’ll keep these lovely large bay-windowed bedrooms, though of course replacing the single glaze throughout with triple-glazed windows with a similar look and feel.

This bedroom at the front will also have a knock through ensuite in the double storey side extension we are planning.

This bathroom will be ripped out and part of the space will create the new walkway through to the side extension, the rest of it will be joined with the second bedroom at the back of the house as seen here below to create a larger bedroom.

Finally, one aspect of the house that we all fell in love with was the large rear garden. You can see just about 2/3 of it here, but beyond the trees the back 1/3 of the garden is somewhat of a wooded wilderness at present that then backs out on to a large park with access gate.

There’s certainly going to be a lot of garden clearance to do in this back section with trees and fences all falling down, although the first 2/3 of the garden you see above can remain fairly untouched.

So there you have it. The ‘before’ shots of our ‘forever’ home. We’re so excited to be embarking on this project that will absolutely be a labour of love.

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Thanks for joining us on our journey.

Emma & Mac

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