In the Autumn of 2020, Adam and I bought our first home together. It was a miracle that it even happened after a very turbulent year and a very tumultuous buying process (which included the global pandemic, job redundancy, self-employment issues, down valuations, problems in the chain etc) but alas, it happened and for that, we are very grateful.
Having always loved and appreciated period properties, I had dreamed of someday owning a Victorian or Edwardian terrace house adorned with cast iron fireplaces, high ceilings and a quaint ‘Yarden’ with a brick wall to hang festoon lights. I guess the years of manifesting (along with a lot of graft to save, save, save) must have worked as that’s exactly what we got. Result!
And so, to the point of this blog post, I personally really enjoy finding home renovation and interior inspiration in magazines and books, as well as online via blogs, Instagram and Pinterest, so I thought I’d share here our renovation journey, as well as the tips we picked up along the way.
Edwardian End Terrace Renovation: Our story so far
We bought an Edwardian end-terrace from a truly lovely lady who had lovingly gutted the place and practically rebuilt it some 20+ years ago. From our initial viewing back in February 2020 and throughout all the times the sale was more off than on, I had a noticeable gut feeling that this house would be the place we would call home. It had such a warm feeling about it, not to mention a well-proportioned spread of space that ticked a lot of boxes.
As is typically the way with older properties, you must keep on top of the work and maintenance they require, and ours, whilst it isn’t in demanding need of work compared to some, it does need some tweaking and fixing up here and there, as well as paying attention to some more critical issues.
For example, when we moved in, we discovered that we didn’t have an Earth wire earthing the house, so every time we had a shower, we’d get electric shocks from the taps, and the oven would send tingles up our arms