It’s taken over 9 months since we bought the place but we are finally now in a position to start the work! (Woohoo!) More on why it took this long later but first how about a tour?!
Today we agreed on the Construction company that will carry out the renovation with a view to start works next week so we really truly are ready to get going.
This picture was taken at the beginning of October 2016 shortly after being handed the keys (After 9 months of trying to buy the place!)
Yes. It’s VERY Blue. Here’s a video of the Front in 2016
The layout of the house is extremely similar to how Andalus Road was so it gave us a bit of Deja Vu especially with the decor.
And what’s more the house also has some amazing traditional features like these folding dividing doors:
…but also some, well, unique features too
Here’s a tour of the ground floor, which is a tale of two halves. The front will be lovingly restored, keeping many of the Victorian features, and the back will be… knocked down, and replaced with a glorious open plan extension where our new kitchen/ living space will be.
What will make a difference from our last renovation is the space we have at the rear and side. The house is only terraced on one side and has both side access to the garden and a side return space on the other aspect, which means we can utilise a wider extension than the standard victorian terrace. The garden is also unusually long for this area of London, giving us opportunity for a longer extension at the back to allow for our dream kitchen space.
The garden was really overgrown and looked like this:
It was a bit of a problem for getting surveyors and planning folks in so we cleared it out:
…and for this angle you can really see why the back of the house needs some TLC. I present to you the leaning house of Clapham!
This is likely going to be one of the best “before pictures” because the back of the house will be completely transformed. More on how later on in the blog!
What do you think?!