26 August 2017

Renovating 100-Year-Old Cottages + The Ups and Downs Of Life

Hello! It's been a couple of months since my last life update, so here is another! I hope all my readers are doing well and enjoying their summer!

Firstly, we are making really good progress with the cottage! We are only 4.5 months into the renovation and the majority of the messiest, hardest jobs are complete. We've added insulation, re-plastered, lowered the ground level at the rear of the cottage, replaced all light switches and sockets, ripped out the old kitchen and bathroom, installed central heating and replaced the old door and windows!
The remaining to do list is roughly as follows:
  • Paint all interior walls and ceilings
  • Lay new flooring throughout
  • Add new skirting and architrave
  • Add interior doors
  • Install new light fittings and spotlights
  • Install new bathroom
  • Install new kitchen
  • Install multi-fuel stove
  • Re-paint and patch-up exterior walls
  • Improve driveway further
  • Plant flowers, trees e.t.c.
My brother and Dad have done all the hard work where possible, helping to save a lot of money! I've been slowly buying little homeware pieces here and there - I just can't help myself! We are hoping to be able to move in around the end of October, so fingers crossed! We are both very excited about the move and Wilson will be so happy with the outside space, which includes the main garden, woodland, a stream and the adjoining river, not to mention the nearby beach!
Life in general is good, but we've endured some ups and downs of late! Unfortunately Ian lost a friend due to a motorcycle accident last week. We also had a minor accident ourselves involving a deer; we were luckily both unharmed and the car only requires minor bodywork repairs. We had a minor leak at the cottage after a heavy bout of rain, I was unsuccessful with a recent job interview, Wilson has been a little accident prone recently and has chipped one canine tooth and cut his paw; both were minor accidents which didn't require treatment.

On a positive note... Wilson has just celebrated his first birthday, he is no longer afraid water and now enjoys swimming, we are in the final preparations of putting Ian's house up for sale, I have applied for a number of other jobs, important papers have been signed and are in progress and we are both looking forward to our three-part holiday next month!

Obviously life has been really hectic, so blogging does tend to take a back seat, but I'm always eager to add more content and aim to post once a week. Any ideas or requests for blog posts would be greatly appreciated and as always, thank you for being a loyal reader!

Enjoy the rest of your summer and speak soon!
Love,
Emma xxx

4 comments:

  1. These are my favourite kind of posts from you, I look forward to reading them! I love your photos especially the one with Wilson by the cottage. You seem to be on your way with cottage renovations, it was interesting to hear what has been done and what still has to be done. The cottage location seems so scenic, and was impressed to hear it’s near a beach. If you are looking for blog post ideas, I would like to request some lifestyle or foodie related posts. I like reading favourites posts too, if you have any current favourites. Nice to hear you are doing so well, speak soon! :-) xx

    Helen | Helen’s Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Thanks so much, Helen. I can't wait to share the before + after photos of the interior! Thank you for your blog post ideas, I'll definitely take them on board! Have a good week xxx

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  2. The cottage looks beautiful! Bet you can't wait to move in. Sorry to hear about Ian's friend. x

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    1. Thank you, Sandra! We are both very excited and positive about the future. :) xxx

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