Project House: Week 2. 

We have plaster. Hallelujah 🎉

This week we finally started feeling like we are putting the house back together appose to tearing it apart. 

Archie’s bedroom ceiling has now been boarded and plastered. And our bedroom has had the ceiling and walls plastered too. We have closed up the doorway leading from our bedroom to the bathroom as there was some kind of Jack & Jill thing going on there and just left the door from the hallway open. 

The loft hatch has been cut out bigger now as it was super small ready for the hall way to be plastered next week. 

Skirting boards and door frames have all been undercoated with paint, top coated and glossed in both the bedrooms. 

The banister has been rubbed down to wood ready for painting, the horrible dark brown paint is now gone and it is surprising how much of a difference it makes already. I can’t wait to see how it brightens the place once it’s painted white. Under he stairs has also now been fixed as the stairs needed reinforcing. 

One of the biggest things that has been done this week is the boiler got installed and the pipework laid ready to connect the radiators for our central heating. I’m so excited for their to be heating in our house. I don’t know how the poor old lady who owned the house before us coped with one gas fire. 

Painting has started to take place in Archie’s room. The ceilings have been painted and the inside of his wardrobe that was the old airing cupboard. Over the weekend callum will line the walls with lining paper so it is ready to paint then that room is done bar the carpet. 

It doesn’t feel like a lot has been done this week but the bigger jobs have now been completed so next week we can start with the painting once the plaster is dry. 

When we started this process I gave us a time line of 4 weeks and this week it is beginning to feel like we’re not going to meet that target. I’m just going to work my bum off to get in for Archie’s birthday and hopefully now the heating is in, once the radiators are connected things might dry a little bit faster. 

Thanks for following our journey so far. I can’t wait to see how much we have accomplished by the end of next week. 

Excuse the bit hanging down, Dad slipped out the loft and took that with him. It has since been fixed.
I think I got more on me that I did on the ceiling

Love Tilly & Archie xx 

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Project House: Week 1. 

We have been home owners for a week now. One. Whole. Week. And what a week it has been.

I have stupidly given us 4 weeks to turn this house around and move in the weekend before Archie’s 2nd Birthday. So over the next 4 weeks I will document and update you weekly on the progress of our house. 

This week has been spent cleaning everything, stripping wallpaper, and ripping up carpets. Everything that we didn’t want to keep has been torn out and taken to the dump and everything we have decided to keep for now has been bleached over and over again. 

Unfortunately the owner before us smoked heavily in the property and even though the smell has now gone, everything was badly stained yellow / brown so literally every wall, door, ceiling ect had to be bleached before we can paint it.

This week we have focused on making the walls and ceilings as smooth as possible in order for the plasterer to get them done at the weekend. We have scraped off all the wall paper and lining paper, and chipped off most of the artex ceilings off so the plaster is smooth. 

I have bleached the kitchen over and over again to try and make the cupboards look white apposed to yellow and carpets through out the house have been ripped up. 

Unfortunately whilst doing all this we have discovered a few problems with the house that need fixing before we can move in. One being that there is a leak in the roof resulting in Archie’s bedroom ceiling being damaged and the other being a leaky toilet. 

The toilets isn’t that big of a deal and my dad thinks it can be fixed relatively easy. We were hoping to tear out the bathroom and re do it at a later date anyway so that isn’t a problem. 

The roof however is a different story. We have got to get the lining of our roof fixed as there is a hole in it so every time it rains it pours through the hole, into the loft and through Archie’s ceiling. The corner of his ceiling had caved where it had rotted away. After this the ceiling will need to be boarded and re plastered before we can paint and even think about moving in. 

Callum steaming the ceiling to scrape the artex off.
Callum investigating the broken stairs
There was a wardrobe built into this area in Archie’s room which we have removed so he can have a play kitchen in the corner.
To give you an idea of what I’m dealing with. Door on the left no been bleached. Door on the right bleached.

That’s about where we are at at the moment. The plastering will get done at the weekend. The carpets are out, wall paper off and we’re finally  at the stage where we can think about putting everything back together rather than tearing it apart. 

I can’t wait to see how much the house changes by next week. 

Love Tilly & Archie xx 

Our New Home. 

As you all now know, we have just bought our first family home. The previous owner was an elderly lady so the property needs a fair bit of updating before we can move in.

I’m going to be updating my blog with pictures and videos of the updates we have done and before and after photos as and when each room gets completed.

This post is going to show pictures from the day we got the keys. Before we touched anything. The house as it was when we completed. I can’t wait to see what we do with the place once we put our stamp on it.


I’m giving us a time frame of 4 weeks to get nearly everything done as it’s Archie’s birthday the following week and I want to be in before then.

At the end of each week I’ll upload some progress photos and explain what has been happening that week and what we have done. I’m so excited to be on this journey however much hard work it may be. In the end it’ll all be worth it.

Love Tilly & Archie xx

WE BOUGHT A HOUSE.

It’s official, we’ve bought a house. We’ve exchanged, completed and I’ve got the keys in my hand. On our 3 year anniversary yesterday, we are officially home owners.  I cant even begin to tell you how long I have waited to be able to write this blog post. I don’t even know where to begin.

When I was around 20 weeks pregnant, Callum moved into my parents house with me so we could be together as a family when the baby arrived. This was always only going to be a temporary thing and we planned to only stay for 6 months. We thought this would give us enough time to save up for a deposit and look for a flat to buy.

As the months went past our savings account grew but there was just nothing suitable to purchase. Everything was well out of our price range or wasn’t big enough for our needs. Living in Bournemouth is amazing, its 5 minutes from the beach and I’ve grown up here my whole life, but house prices are stupidly high. You are looking at around a minimum of  £200,000 for a small 2 bed flat with little or no garden.

Since then we have been searching everywhere and patiently waiting for house to come on the market or to be built. Every evening I would search Zoopla, Rightmove, private estate agents and builders sites just to see if there is anything available for us. We have viewed a ton of properties and a couple we have put in offers for but they have fallen through. Until we found our home.

We found a flat about 6 months ago and started the process of purchasing it. Unfortunately just before we were about to complete we had to pull out as the lease came through and there were too many restrictions on there. Since then we have viewed a handful of places and put some offers in on 2 properties. The first property was a bungalow but unfortunately we couldn’t afford asking price and someone offered so we didn’t get an offer accepted. Then after the bungalow we viewed a 2 bed end of terrace house with a massive garden, it needed work but we fell in love. So we put in an offer and it got accepted straight away.

We have since been patiently waiting for all the paper work to go through, the mortgage to get accepted, searches done by the solicitors and valuations. This has felt like an absolute lifetime. When in reality it has only been 3 months. 

I’m so happy to say that we are now the proud owners of our first family home. At times it has felt like this was never going to happen, being let down by estate agents, not being able to borrow as much money as we wanted and by there being absolutely nothing suitable on the market. But it has definitely been worth the wait. We’ve got a little bit of work to do before we can move in, mainly cosmetic things but were hoping it’ll only take a couple of weeks or so to get everything up together then save for the harder most costly things to be done next summer.

I’m going to update my blog with pictures of the house when we first bought it then after weve done it up to how we want it.

I cant wait to take you all on this journey with us. Our own little family home. Let this exciting adventure begin.

Love Tilly and Archie xx