House Tour … the BEFORE!

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I was saving this post for when I had all the before and after pics together…and then decided to just go for it and make a start on the makings of ‘The Happy Casa’ casa!

These photos were all taken on the day we moved in. The purchasing of our home – like many other homes- was a long, slow, painstaking,stressful process. Even typing that sentence brought all those memories flooding back!!

When we first viewed the house it was being rented out to a group of single lads – need I say more! It was – for want of a better description – a little┬álot lacking in some TLC. The lovely owners had moved into another house which they had built in another town and had rented it out whilst waiting to sell.

In order to make a very LONG story short.

We put in a bid. Bid accepted YAH!

Mortgage approval denied NO!

We rented the house while waiting for mortgage approval YAH!

House remained on the market although we were living in it and awaiting approval NO!

We got married and had our reception in the ‘nearly’ our house YAH!

A couple came to view our house a week before the wedding NOOO!!

They didn’t put in a bid YAH!

A Year later we finally purchased our home almost 11months after getting our mortgage approval YAAAAAH!

So now that you’re all up to speed on the very windy rocky road to getting to where we are…this is how it looked before it all began ….

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This is our Kitchen /Dining area the day we moved in …check out this monster of a stove … this has broken our hearts a good few times since becoming acquainted with it but we are finally warm friends a couple of winters later!!

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From the Dining area we move into the old part of the Cottage which is well over 100 years old … lacking in light and love when we first moved in… check out the floorboards in front of the fire …

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This is the view from the corner beside the fireplace … the stairs is in the room ..not fire safe the engineer told us … it’s an old cottage … we told him back !

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This is the door leading to the front porch from the livingroom – now my little office space!

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It’s difficult to see from these photos but there is a lovely view of the countryside from here …



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And up the stairs we go …I don’t seem to have a photo of the landing … I’m laughing here to myself because we don’t HAVE a landing of any description! The Cottage was a one up one down style house which was in turn converted into a two up four down type situation … if there is such a thing … I just made that up!

Anyway if you go up our lovely stairs you are faced by a tiny landing strip with a door in front of you – the hotpress. A door to your right – the master bedroom. A door to your left – the kiddies room. fullstop. C’est ca – as they say ‘en francais’! An Air Steward would feel right at home at the top of our stairs!!

This is the master bedroom. We had no bed for the first few months when we moved in. A Trustee materass on the floor and lots of patience. Note the lack of wardrobes in the room aswell … let’s just say we had a very basic beginning!

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The children’s room is very spacious. I was mapping out where the beds would go and who would go where when we first arrived! This was one of the first rooms we tried to make homey!




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There is a lovely view of the apple trees in the garden from this room … it’s really beautiful in the summertime with the apple blossoms in full bloom.

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So VOILa! That is the official tour of ‘The Happy Casa’ in it’s pre-loved state. Hope you enjoyed the tour and more importantly stay tuned for the AFTER tour!

* well it’ll be the ALMOST after tour as we are still a work well in progress!! but hopefully you’ll notice some small changes!!

Thanks for coming, next time we’ll make you a coffee ..ciao belli …hasta pronto! xxx