'it fi­nall y feel s like our home'

This once dated and im­prac­ti­cal home is now fun, vi­brant and ideal for family liv­ing

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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.

Decor refresh

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.

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