Luckily my husband and I were both singing off the same hymn sheet when we were looking for our home, we both wanted a project, preferably a cottage and in the country. When we stumbled across this little gem on Property News we couldn’t believe our luck (a lot of people thought we were crazy but all we could see was POTENTIAL)
The location was ideal (we are about 3 miles away from our family homes and Tara is a few fields away!) We booked a viewing straight away and were sold by its charm shining through the overgrown garden full of briars and weeds. Being first time buyers it was a steep learning curve on all the things required to buy a house and this one was not straight forward due to a number of issues including the septic tank & consent to discharge (basically the purchase requires a whole different blogpost!)…I still believe to this day that we wouldn’t be the proud owners without the help of Roger Cunningham at One Stop Mortgage Shop in Lisburn, he was so helpful and guided us on everything we needed to learn in order to buy our dream home (not sponsored in any way, just good advice!)
When we finally got the keys we couldn’t believe it was ours, we were itching to get to work straight away and spent our evenings and weekends doing what we could.
When we bought the property the site was so overgrown and neglected we couldn’t even walk down to the back fence so it was difficult to see the size of the garden, only when it was all cleared could we really see what we were working with.
The house was a classic labourers cottage and sold as a 3 bedroom..two of them were box rooms! We decided to knock down the interior walls of the box bedrooms/living room and create a bigger kitchen living area. The original kitchen area would then be made into a bedroom.
We then worked hard at getting the interior sorted, needless to say I was in my element picking out a kitchen, shower room, tiles etc.
The kitchen is now located where the two box bedrooms were originally. We went to Brookvale Kitchens, they helped us design the layout and I was able to choose our cabinet style, colour & worktop.
Bathroom (Shower room)
Needless to say the bathroom was completely stripped. Even though I love my baths we decided to put in a large shower instead, I wasn’t willing to compromise with a small bath (that’s all we would be able to fit in this room) so I went all out with our shower design.
We stripped out the built in wardrobes, yes we now lack storage but the room is tiny and there simply wasn’t the room for a double bed and those wardrobes. This room, like the rest of the house got replastered, new flooring, new skirting, architrave and new internal doors.
Originally Zac’s room was the kitchen, we relocated the kitchen to be open planned with the living area, making this room another bedroom. There is a lovely high ceiling in this room which makes it feel bigger than it actually is.
The Future Plan
We recently received planning permission for the next phase of our dream home, I will share the plans and our extension story in future blogposts. I’ve loved documenting the progress to date and I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved in two years with our little country cottage.