Our previous two properties had been ‘new builds’ and after outgrowing both, we decided to take the plunge and purchase a fixer upper. We purchased ‘Farmcote’ in August 2014, a three bedroomed detached 1930’s property in Wolverhampton, which we quickly discovered needed some serious TLC.
In the last six years our projects have included replacing all the old single glazed windows to more energy efficient Residence 9 timber effect windows (our energy bills used to be the equivalent of a small mortgage!) damp proofing, replastering all the walls, panelling the hall stairs and landing, replacing the gas fire in the living room to a stovax log burner, removing the front garden wall and overgrown bushes and replacing with a new wall and railings, and probably the biggest project to date, knocking through the separate dining room into the kitchen and creating a large open plan kitchen, at the same time replacing the dated kitchen units with a new shaker design.
Fast forward to April 2021 and we are now undertaking probably our biggest project, removing the old tired conservatory and the rear of the kitchen and replacing with an orangery. After discussing our ideas with our architect he suggested also removing the wall that currently separates the kitchen/dining room, into the new orangery and really maximising the potential of our home. So here we are, the end of April 2021, the conservatory and the rear of the kitchen have been demolised, the footings have been dug and the brick work is about to begin, so please join me in the next few months for future updates on this project and hopefully, fingers crossed, no horror stories ! Fiona xxx