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…
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
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…
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?
See what I’m liking on Pinterest here