It’s been a little over 8 months since we got the keys to our new house, and sadly, we are not moved in yet! As I mentioned in my previous post, the house needed completely gutting, everything taking out and then putting back in again from scratch. It means we will have a wonderful, beautiful home when it’s done but it is a lot of work. To keep costs down, we are doing as much of the work ourselves as we can. Adam is very skilled when it comes to pretty much anything he can do with his hands, and is an electrician by trade, so that works out very nicely for me!
Of course, as soon as you start doing work to a property like this, then you also discover a whole host of other ailments that the house has that were hidden underneath the plaster, or floors. In our case, we realised that all the walls were lath and plaster, and we spent about 10 days in total pulling them off, pulling the leftover nails out of the wooden frames, and carrying buckets full of the resulting rubble and waste out to the skip. Luckily, my mum and brother in law and other family members chipped in to help us. We also thought we might be able to salvage a few things, but we couldn’t salvage anything at all, unfortunately.
I’ve included some comparison photos of before we started any work too. As you can see, it’s all a bit of a mess at the moment but we keep working at it. One of my favourite sayings is – “nothing lasts forever” and I repeat it to myself often during hard times. It feels like a long way off now but there will be a time where I am drinking coffee in my new kitchen and all the hard work will feel far behind me. Still feeling very grateful and very lucky that we get to do this!