Thursday, 25 July 2013

A Fresh Start

It’s been just over 3 months since Jeff and I purchased our first house however it’s not really our first "home". We own a studio loft apartment conveniently located in Sydney city and lived there on and off for several years. But we had an apartment life in the past 10 years we've been together so living in a double storey home is a huge and exciting change for us, more so the fact we finally have a yard for gardening, enjoy a peaceful and quiet neighborhood, freedom for our furry baby Kookai to roam around and most especially having more SPACE!

Our house is a 1950’s clad, set in a very leafy and quiet neighborhood of Thornleigh however this charming and humble 3.5 bdrm house needed some serious attention and TLC. It was slowly deteriorating but noticeably and seemingly even more moments after the house went in our name. And lately, it never ceases to surprise our wallets from all the cost of fixing concealed building and plumbing problems.

I still remember the first time I laid eyes on our house, I fell in-love with its unique character and qualities, its simple beauty and its potential to be our perfect little home.... after much care of course. And oh my my! I was sold the moment I stepped out into the balcony and was surrounded by endless green, my heart just melted.

Yes, the possibilities were endless and that's when my infatuation with collecting renovation and home ideas began, and even started to permeate my sleep... but I just knew that I had great plans for this house.

I say “I” because in the first instance, Jeff was dubious about the house and believed it’s too much work & money to fix and it didn't help that he lacks imagination and creativity a lot of the time. But with humility, I now admit he was very right.... but that doesn’t discard the fact the house is still beautiful and I still loved it. You see, He’s a realist and I'm an idealist that’s why we compliment and are perfect for each other (cheesy I know ;P). I believed this house would be a great project for both of us to take on but requires great team work, just like the home renovation shows...gosh, they make it look so easy.

Anyways after much effort of convincing, researching, planning and creating visual boards (thanks to help of online sites like Houzz, Pinterest and home magazines) to stimulate Jeff's imagination more than mine, at last he saw the big picture and was equally excited (end result, not the work). And so we finally agreed to buy it and this humble little house is now ours =D. And by working with it's the original character, it was possible to transform this house into a pretty little Hampton/Shabby French-inspired abode that we’d both eventually adore...despite of its quirky flaws.

Our plans for a major (internal) renovation started effectively but due to unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances (sigh*)…we’ve learnt that we needed to be patient and accept that it's going to be a long process . We also realized we’d need to do it in stages, e.g.- Upstairs, Downstairs, Front yard, Backyard, then Garage, that so we don’t overwhelm or kill ourselves from stress and exhaustion and most importantly rip a big fat hole in our pockets all at the same time. But I cant wait when we're finally at the stage when I can start interior designing and filling it up with furniture's.:D but ultimately having my loved ones over.

As two amateur renovators, we totally underestimated the work involved, time frame, and most especially the budget hence hard and valuable lessons (another sigh*) are learnt each day. We find ourselves crying and laughing about it from time to time. But nevertheless, we will press forward until this project is done and remain to cling on to hope that from our labor of love, the end result will be rewarding and gratifying.

And it maybe needless to say but it’s been a love and hate relationship and a testing of faith on the home and also our relationship… though Jeff seems to be holding the fort a lot. But we can finally see flickers of light at the end of the tunnel...something to be excited about. We kind of knew that it was a very ambitious quest and so far it’s been quite an experience , never to be forgotten and never to regret…and probably never to do again. ;P....oh well, we live and learn.

So on this blog, I’ll share photos and updates of our house as it goes through a journey of transformation into “our” perfect little humble home. Again, this definitely couldn’t be achieved without the inspirations from endless hours being fixated on Pinterest, Houzz, DIY blogs and the ever-growing boulder of home magazines in my living room. You'll find them all on my House Tour Page.

And most especially not without the advice of our tradie-friends and help of my in-laws...they've been our saving grace. and I also have to add the never-ending trips to our local hardware store and our current no-weekend sounds exhausting right?? can only hope that it will all pay off in the end.

Yours Truly,