Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Home At Last


Late last night when we should have been sleeping, we were instead coming to terms with the fact that we had just purchased this house with only about half an hour of inspection.

It was just what we were after.

A property that didn't sell at auction.
Had loads of potential.
Plenty of space for the girls to play, a vegetable garden, and maybe chooks.
Most importantly heaps of storage space in the garage for the occasional (ahem!) vintage item.
He..he...he..

There is a lot of work ahead of us as it is in it's original condition, circa 1930's art deco style. The previous owner raised a family there and lived there for sixty years until she needed to go into a nursing home. So it has been an emotional roller coaster ride for her and her grown children. We were told that the elderly lady was happy to know that young children would once again be playing in the back yard.

So we will move in late May and begin phase one, with lots of scrubbing, peeling wallpaper, knocking down ugly built wardrobes and shelves, painting, ripping up carpet, and of course nurturing a vegie garden.

We are up for the challenge and I can't wait to get stuck in. We will try and do what we can ourselves to make it a bit more comfortable. We have grand plans for the future, but for now we must watch the $$$$. We will live with lots of lovely cracks in the lath and plaster walls and with the cornices coming away from the walls, as the floor needs doing first.




We hope to be able to remove the old gas heater and perhaps have an open fire or a combustion stove and I believe there is another chimney in the dining room that was plastered over years ago, so perhaps we'll just have to have a look at that as well. I wonder what we will discover?


Look at all that lovely space to play with.

15 comments:

Catherine said...

wow - congratulations! it looks gorgeous, and I'm looking forward to hearing about your plans and discoveries x

kirsty said...

yay!! i'm so excited for you. the backyard is perfect for veges, chooks and kids isn't it! woooohoooo!!

Robyn said...

Congratulations on your purchase. The home looks great and with a perfect yard for kids.

Go easy on the work and make lots of time for fun.

best wishes
Robyn

BOB & MABEL said...

Congratulations! The house looks great, I'm sure with a little TLC it will come up a treat.

Stella said...

That house looks beautiful! Congratulations!!!

Lounging with a Latte said...

How exciting for you and your family. No doubt we will be seeing some 'before' and 'after' makeovers down the track. What fun!

Lyndel said...

oh congratulations, nothing like having a go at doing up an old home like that.. enjoy it!♥

zigsma said...

Congratulations!! Looking forward to reading about your new life in your new home.

Tracey said...

congratulations, it is gorgeous

Melissa said...

congratulations. such an exciting time buying a new home and making it yours. Can't wait to see how you turn it into a home.

Allana said...

Congratulations! It is so cute and I can most certainly see the potential :)

karlyn Jackson said...

great house with loads of potential, how exciting! Congratulations. Can't wait to see the progress.

Flotsam Friends said...

Alison, it's divine. It's just perfect. Huge congratulations. And the best thing about it, it hasn't been butchered. It's in original condition. It's a blank canvas for you. It has a great feel to it. I can see it through your eyes. Love, Pruxxx

Shabby Vintage Junk said...

Oh Alison I am BEYOND THRILLED for you all....CONGRATULATIONS GORGEOUS Girl....You DESERVE it....!!!

Now you'll have to pop along to the SVJ in June for some SPECIAL pieces....!!!!

WAY TO GO YOU....!!!!!

Cheers for a bit,
Tamarah xxx

Bounty Huntress said...

Very nice! Congratulations! That will be so fun for you guys to redo!