Enjoying the peace of the countryside… Or not!

To be fair, we brought it upon ourselves.

The farmhouse is Victorian, built with no storage anywhere inside as in those days they liked to have everything on display. At some point in the past, someone built a little utility room onto the side of the house, which helped a bit, but not enough.

It was a bit like a corridor, with appliances both sides, and I could never understand why it didn’t come out flush with the house wall at the back.

So that’s what we are currently doing – adding another 2m to the width, to include a dog room with benches and heat lamps (lucky doggies), a small WC with a low level butler sink with shower over (also for doggies), and a separate laundry room, along with a porch on the front.

Plus cupboards, wardrobes and shoe racks – bliss!

But noisy, very noisy at the moment.

Ready for the off
The lads seemed to be enjoying themselves, taking it apart
And there it was – gone!

2 days later the foundations were concreted

The door on the left is the kitchen door – the remains of the one further back is the old front door. We new it used to be somewhere around there, but not that it was half in and half out of the toilet at the back of the utility extension!

Two weeks in, with an estimated 10 or 11 to go, the new floor is down, and the exciting stuff begins next!

And this, while I am writing two books…

Ah well, it’ll be worth it in the end!


  1. Wow, fabulous plan Deb. I lived the reno circuit a few times in my life. I don’t envy you lol, but sounds like it will be fantastic in the end. Do keep us abreast of progress. ❀

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    1. Thanks Deb, I most certainly will – the blog is a great place to keep a record πŸ˜€

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      1. It surely is! πŸ™‚

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  2. .< Bu you're doing amazingly well, and the doggies will be so happy!

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    1. The doggies will be happy with the warm dog room – perhaps not so much with the shower! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  3. Wow, how cool that house is, even before the reno started. You are going to LOVE your new space so much, all the work and noise and disruption will be worth it. (You might even get some writing material out of the process. 😊 ) And when things are driving you crazy, stand quietly and gaze across that spectacular view you have, while sipping something soothing. (I recommend Scottish Breakfast tea, or even Earl Grey! 😁 )

    Good luck, and do keep us posted as things progress, if you can. πŸ’—

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    1. Taking your advice right now, Marcia. I’ll drink Breakfast tea any time of day! Then its back out to work in the gardens, stopping every so often to appreciate the views. Photos of the gardens to come soon, they are so pretty this year after all our lockdown work πŸ˜€

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      1. Can’t wait to see the pics! I’ve been working in what was once our garden, too, and for the first time in two years, we’ve gotten enough cleared out that I’ve been able to begin a bit of replanting. It actually makes me believe we will have our beautiful garden back again. Yay!!

        Looking forward to seeing yours! πŸ™‚

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      2. Gardens take such a long time, but always worth it in the end. I’m glad you are getting yours replanted at last ❀

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  4. I will definitely be worth it. (Take it from another woman without closets!) We have one of those utility corridors too. Lol. Despite the noise, Happy Writing, Deborah.

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    1. A house without a closet is not a woman’s best friend! Cheers Diana πŸ˜€

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  5. You’re going to love all that new space! πŸ˜€

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    1. I’m so looking forward to it! πŸ˜€

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  6. Good luck with the Reno. It’s always tough to get through it. But it will be worth it in the end. Wear earplugs while you write! Best of luck with the books. πŸ’•

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    1. Thank you! I’m actually rather pleased its happening now – it was originally scheduled for February, which would have been miserable with the cold and rain, and attendant mud, in addition to the noise.

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  8. Jane Sturgeon · · Reply

    Good luck with the Reno, Debbie and it is starting to look fabulous already. Upheaval and yes, summertime is a much better time of year to handle it! Looking forward to seeing progress pics when you can. Xx ❀

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    1. Cheers Jane, and yes, I’m relieved they didn’t start in January as planned!

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