Our forever home – work so far and renovation plans for 2018

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It’s been over six months since we got our keys to our new home and relocated to Worcester last summer. I was eight months pregnant with Harry at the time, and spent the following frantically trying to get all of our belongings unpacked. I wanted to get the house resembling a place that felt like our own before his arrival.

This is the third house that the hubby and I have lived in together and we knew that this was by far our most important move – our ‘forever home’. A place where our kids will grow up and somewhere we will call home for years to come.

I thought I’d give a little update on our home renovation so far, since I’ll be writing lots about our new home in the coming months…

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The search for our Forever Home

We initially moved to be closer to the hubby’s business and cut his commute to work, but we had quite a lot of other boxes to tick once we started our search – our priority in the main was to create an easier way of living for our family. Obviously schooling was a big priority and we also wanted a rural location where we could walk our dog without having to get into the car every day. But we also wanted to be close to the city centre so that we could enjoy everything city life has to offer. We’ve come to realise over the years that it’s the little every day tasks that can make a big difference.

As it happened we found our dream home – in terms of both the house itself and its location. The school is within walking distance, we’re surrounded by beautiful countryside and we’re a ten minute drive from the city centre. We’re also loving the social aspect of village life – feeling like part of a community isn’t something we’ve ever experienced in our previous homes.

We renovated our last two houses from top to bottom and we swore that we didn’t want another renovation job on our hands. We were actually looking at new builds before we found our house, since we were so keen on not having to lift a finger!

Our new home is a relatively new build barn – around 12 years old. So in comparison to the work we carried out on our previous properties, the updates we’re planning to make here aren’t really so drastic.

New bedrooms for the kids

peach and gold girls bedroom

We started to update the rooms last year, starting with the kids’ rooms. We all know how much fun it is decorating these – I honestly must’ve spent days on Pinterest looking for inspiration!! In the end I opted for a peach and gold themed room for Taylor and a grey, navy and yellow room for Harry.

Modernising the living room

Just before Christmas we took the plunge to makeover the lounge, which was pretty dated. The main addition to the room was a modern glass fireplace, which became the inspiration for the rest of the decor. We wanted this room to be somewhere the hubs and I can unwind in the evening, since the kids pretty much take over the rest of our house! We’re big into films and box sets, so we invested in a Dolby Atmos sound system so that we can enjoy the cinema experience at home – since we obviously don’t get out to the cinema much these days!! I’ll be posting about the living room makeover soon, but here’s a sneak preview…

grey living room with modern fireplace

Work gets underway on our family kitchen/living area…

The biggest change we’re making will be to create a modern open plan kitchen/dining/living area. This involves knocking through to the room we currently use as the kids’ playroom. We’re also going to make the most of the beautiful views with slimline glass doors across the width of the back wall.

We have the builders currently banging and drilling away and we’re pretty much living out of our hallway for the time being. The dust is already driving me insane, but I know it will all be worth it in the end!

Are you planning a home renovation this year?

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7 Comment

  1. Soffy
    January 18, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Lovely rooms! I love reading about home renovation. We’re thinking about moving soon and I actually can’t wait, have already began planning how I would like to decorate! Would love a house tour once it’s all done up x

    -Soffy // themumaffairs.blogspot.com

  2. Jess Soothill
    January 24, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    Love your home! We have such similar taste – very modern. Gorgeous spaces and so stylish 🙂 #HomeEtc

  3. Pia
    January 24, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    I love your fireplace and living room. So chic! You’re so lucky to have found your forever house. We are also in the middle of renovation works at the moment but will probably move again in the next 3-5 years so it has definitely made me rethink the budget. X

  4. Kimberley | Oh Just My Little Blog
    January 25, 2018 at 8:02 am

    The finished rooms look amazing! We’re also renovating with a newborn. The builders started work on our extension this week, it will become our kitchen x #HomeEtc

  5. Lins @ Boo & Maddie
    January 25, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    It’s so exciting to have some plans underway isn’t it? I totally get what you mean too about wanting the best of both worlds, it’s exactly what we were looking for in London when we bought our home. It’s so great to have both city life and countryside if you can make it work X #HomeEtc
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  6. Caro Davies
    January 30, 2018 at 9:42 am

    This is such an exciting post Nat — and you KNOW it will all be worth it in the end!!! We plan do do a big ground floor extension at some point ourselves. We’ve just got to drum up the funds and the stomach to approach the listings dept in the council!! Our house is grade 2 so it’s not going to be an easy project. Can’t wait to see your progress! Caro x #HomeEtc
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