It may have been the garden that got us through the door but we fell in love with the house almost immediately. I can’t quite put my finger on it but it was just that feeling that for some reason we were home, we both felt it.
It certainly wasn’t the decor, as after being empty for almost 18 months, it didn’t make the best first impression. Something that ultimately worked in our favour as I think a lot of people were put off by our little ugly duckling.
Over the summer I was organising our photos and found the original pictures we took off the house after our offer had been accepted but before any work had been done. Here’s a little before tour of our forever home.
The front door does open straight into the living room which was a concern for us but there is an inner hallway in the middle of the house and we both loved the quirkiness of it. The living room was so dark despite the afternoon sun streaming in.
I think the house had us straight away with the open fire.
The Dining Room
The dining room was part of the original house which dates back to the 1850’s. I love the character in the features and the curved window.
The kitchen was part of an extension which was built approximately 10 years before we bought it. It looks quite a bit different now!
The Master Bedroom
The main bedroom was fairly plain but the balcony gave it the wow factor, something that had been on our “wouldn’t it be amazing to have” list.
This has and will always be my favourite room in the house. It’s such a cosy room and I love the view from the front window.
Another original feature of the house is this corner window, if you look in the bottom right of the pics you can just see the architects drawings for the extension. We’ve kept them as a little souvenir.
The Dressing Room
This is the darkest room in the house, the window in North facing so it never gets any sun. Such a shame as it is a lovely little space.
The Spare Room
Yes, that is a painted dragon on the wall!
The Main Bathroom
The tiles weren’t to our taste (that may be a mild understatement) but the bath was a keeper.
There is a shower to the right behind the door and as an en-suite it is a good size, although if you’re on the tall side you will bump your head on the sloping ceiling.
The Utility Room and Downstairs Bathroom
I’m guessing this was unfinished.
The previous owners did have four children so it must have made sense to have a folding down changing unit built into the downstairs toilet.
The first time we walked round we were both quiet, taking in every room and then we both stood at the front and looked at each other. My husband asked me the inevitable questions, “so, what do you think?” My response was “I think it could be amazing” and for us it really is. It’s our forever home and we love it dearly.
Pop back next week for what the downstairs looks like now.