The whole gutting and stripping process is into it’s 9th week (see before pics here), what with us both trying to fit any work on the house in around our other full-time jobs. A theme you’ll notice is the slow waning of the smiles in pictures and the pain setting into our eyes as blisters appear on hands and more clothes are added to the “DIY” pile.
But don’t let that put you off.
We’re lucky enough not to have to move in straight away, so can completely gut the house whilst the work is done thanks to the lease on our London flat only running out next week and the generosity of my parents. Stage one was to remove any furniture left by the previous owner, fixed or otherwise (not the primrose bathroom suite, I hear you cry).
Out comes the kitchen, with Greg looking very proud at his plumbing handy work (?).
…and that fireplace I loved so much. Gone.
Next up, the carpets and an unofficial Top Tip – check for stray shoes when rolling up a carpet. Greg found this out the hard way when he had to crawl into the scrap pile with a flashlight to search for my beloved flip flop.
Step 3 is wallpaper stripping.
Step 4 is more wallpaper stripping.
Step 5. Wallpaper stripping (refer to Top Tip #1 and below picture).
The good news is, the wallpaper is off (and now banned in our house), the electricians and plumbers are in and changes are starting to take shape.