Firstly, let me recap. We bought a huge renovation project back in February, in a lovely village called Cranfield. It took an age to find the right house as our demanding list exasperated all the estate agents. We wanted:
- Somewhere we could renovate not wanting to spend a premium for someone elses work (and as Mr YVL is a carpenter this obviously made sense)
- Somewhere we could add value too
- Somewhere in a village
- Somewhere near good schools (there were only 3 upper schools in the whole county I wanted to live near)
- Somewhere with a large garden as we grow our veg and have chickens
- Somewhere with a double garage for our camper van
- Somewhere where I could work from home and keep a lot of my stock
- Somewhere detached
- Somewhere with 4 bedrooms
- Somewhere where we could live with 4 adults in the future as we want to be here for a long time.
Phew, you can see why it took a while to find it! But we did, and last February we moved in.
It’s a 1920s house which hasn’t seen work since the 60s. It is our Patterned Palace (check out the blog here) with an array of swirls and patterns. It even came with it’s own starburst clock, lights, and phones that were thankfully left for us!
So slowly we have started to renovate. First job was to stabilise the chimney breast which had been removed and not supported. Mr YVL did that quickly himself. He then mended the holes in the roof and insulated the loft. Good job!
Next we did our bedroom. We were not planning on doing this as we had decided to start the garden first. We needed to dig the veg beds, plant all the fruit plants we divided from our last home and most importantly, give the chickens their new home.
One day I was feeling down about waking up in all the mess so I started to strip the wallpaper. Mr YVL came home from work, saw the wallpaper half down, got a little excited and took over! 2 weeks later the room was done with the lovely FiFi wallpaper from Sanderson. It’s an old 50s print which was found in someones loft! Read all about it here.
Next up was the playroom. Giving up one of the reception rooms was an excellent idea. No more CBeebies for me in the adults lounge! There was a horrid old gas fire which we couldn’t remove as it was integral to the boiler, so we built a cover. This is now a huge shelf for the vintage Fisher Price toys!! This room isn’t as bare as it looks here…it is now full of toys and pictures!!!
Next was the lounge. A white and teal retro affair all based around a Mucha print. Read all about it here.
Now to the present. This Christmas, Santa brought Herbie a bedroom! Anyone that has followed this journey will know that his room was by far the worst. The previous owners had removed the chimney breast from the room and left it unsupported. They then added french doors to an upstairs room with no balcony. On top of this was a wooden lintel which had rotted. This meant that the wall had dropped slightly. To add to this they hadn’t bothered to install a radiator so the room was damp from condensation. It was smelly from this so they locked the door and forgot about it. I remember when we looked round the house it was the room I didn’t fancy going in to even look at!
So, all that has been repaired by Mr YVL of course (clever man). A window has been added and of course, heating!
When we were moving we asked Herbie (only 2 years old at the time) what he wanted his room to look like. He thought long and hard putting his finger to his mouth in a comic thinking type way! He then announced “I’ve had a good idea!”. “Go on” we said.
“I would like a camper van room”. So a camper van room he has!
It’s full of modern stuff of course (the only room so far!) but there are some lovely handmade touches. Our friend Kim made 3 canvas paintings for him.
Caroline from Dotty’s Heart (read all about her here) made him a picture for his door.
There is even a great photo of us a few years back in a Herbie beetle!
His campers are all out on display including his 1970s Fisher Price one.
And of course, no room can get away without a 60s light, a retro mirror and a bin!
So, on Christmas Day Herbie got his room and yes, he went bananas!