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Money Pit to Honey Pot – this is quite a long and at times heartbreaking tale of my latest project, so I will break it down into bite-size chunks for you! At least it has a happy ending though…well it will do when I finally finish the ruddy place! I want to share my experience of doing up my current house, whilst also having a baby – don’t worry, no graphic details of that part. Hopefully it will either inspire you or comfort you whilst you go through the same rollercoaster ride. Expect plenty of addictive before and after photos and tips to help you avoid making the same mistakes along the way.

How to Restore a Victorian Fireplace

How to Restore a Victorian Fireplace This is my post on how to restore a Victorian fireplace. If you can’t see the video, please click here.     Smokin’ I think my favourite smell in the whole world is chimney smoke. At this time of year I’m in my element when it fills the air. So I was going to dedicate my blog to the many a beautiful Victorian fireplace we have in this house. As I was researching my before footage and photos though I came across something that changed my focus. Hindsight I’d totally forgotten I’d done a piece to camera about my dining room fireplace specifically when I was pregnant. We had just taken over the house, I was heavily pregnant, and full of excitement for the project. Little did I know how tough it would end up being. It’s a good job I came across it now that the house is actually finished. A year ago I wouldn’t have been able to laugh at my fresh faced optimism… Fire beware This fireplace has been a real b&%$$£r to restore. It was boarded up with asbestos and the back and hearth were missing. The marble mantelpiece was…

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My House Renovation – Before and After Fest

If you can’t see this video go to my Property Porn channel instead. The house renovation that inspired this blog I thought I’d dedicate this week’s post to the house renovation that inspired me to launch this blog in the first place. I have renovated a number of places now and can’t seem to tear myself away from Victorian properties, despite how much trouble they can be. The current one, which I am just coming to the end of, is definitely the largest I’ll ever want to attempt… …actually I’ve just remembered the next property I have my eye on – that one’s for a future blog though as it’s not even on the market yet! It does feel a little like an addiction, particularly as I just find the ‘finishing fix’ so satisfying. I think it must be a little like childbirth as it’s almost like you forget the extent of pain you go through each time. When you get to a stage where the house is up and walking on it’s own, the bedroom is allowing you to sleep well at night and the hallway greets you with a big hug when you come home from work you think…

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10 Tips for an Easy Renovation

Is there such a thing as an ‘easy’ renovation? Ha! Clearly my tongue was well and truly in my cheek when coming up with that title. Having lived in the dust and rubble of many a renovation (and yes the fact this is a first world problem has not escaped me) when my husband and I decided to embark on another project, the following conversation ensued: Andy: “now the house is perfect my darling let’s move” Georgina: “can we not just have a little time here to enjoy the perfection we have slaved over?” Andy: “well we are looking to start a family so it makes sense. Besides, this time we will just go for a purely cosmetic project. We will find a house that needs new carpets and a lick of paint at most.” Fast forward five months, also five months into pregnancy, and we find ourselves in the doorway of a practically derelict seven-bedroom Victorian house which hasn’t been touched for about 40 years. Oh it belongs to us now. It needs rewiring, new plumbing throughout, new bathrooms (and bathroom extended), new kitchen (also to be moved), replastering, oh and new ceilings pretty much throughout. I tell you…

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Introduction to Money Pit to Honey Pot

This is quite a long and at times heartbreaking tale of my latest project, so I will break it down into bite-size chunks for you! At least it has a happy ending though…well it will do when I finally finish the ruddy place! I want to share my experience of doing up my current house, whilst also having a baby – don’t worry, no graphic details of that part. Hopefully it will either inspire you or comfort you whilst you go through the same rollercoaster ride. Expect plenty of addictive before and after photos and tips to help you avoid making the same mistakes along the way.

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