'it finall y feel s like our home'
This once dated and impractical home is now fun, vibrant and ideal for family living
A once impractical home is now inviting
‘Although incorrectly advertised by the estate agents as a “wellpresented property” (it couldn’t have been further from the truth), we were still charmed,’ says Agi. ‘And despite a builder friend advising us to walk away, we were so excited, or, if we’re honest, desperate to buy our first house that we went for it anyway.’ The property was generous in size, particularly compared to the others the couple had viewed within their budget, and they could see endless potential for it to become a happy family home. ‘ We weren’t ignorant to the fact that it would take a long time – not to mention a lot of work and money – to whip it into shape and make it work for us, but we gladly accepted the challenge,’ says Agi.
When Agi and Bart moved in, the house had an impractical layout and looked rather unloved. As an older property, it should’ve been bursting with character, but instead it appeared lifeless, bland and boxy. The renovation began almost immediately with the master bedroom. The work included uncovering the original floorboards and opening up the fireplace to reinstate the room’s period features, as well as painting over the muddy brown walls with white paint.
The bathroom was next on the list, and was a much bigger job than the couple had anticipated. It’s an extension built by the previous owners, but it was in a bad way with paint flaking off the tiles and a less-than-ideal positioning of the suite. Bart took on the task himself, which meant that they were saving money, but it wasn’t a quick makeover. He knocked through the flat ceiling so the room felt more airy, ripped out the original suite and switched it for a bargain set found online. He also plastered and painted the walls and re-did the tiling too.
‘ In fact, I remember Bart installing the bath every evening so that we could shower, then disconnecting it again afterwards – for days on end
– so that he could continue with the tiling or grouting the following afternoon,’ says Agi.
Reuse and recycle – the mantelpiece is made from a reclaimed door frame
An eclectic collection of wall art injects personality into a simple room scheme The starting point for this room was white walls to make it appear bright, and a grey corner sofa that doubles as a bed for when there are guests staying over. Vibrant art keeps it feeling fun, while white walls make it easy to switch up the scheme.