When we moved into the house we had the most amazing Jacaranda tree’s that grew in our front garden. They shielded the house from the road view and were just WOW. BUT. They were massive and they were a big part of the reason why our normally dark thatch house was SO bloody dark inside. Our front garden also got hardly any sun at all and was mostly always in a shroud of shadows.
We also had a huge tree on the side of our house which again blocked any light and made the garden and house DARK.
So our first act of “renovation” was to trim the side tree substantially. To trim the one Jacaranda tree on the far side of our drive way in half and to completely cut the massive Jacaranda in front of our house down.
The change was HUGE and made a huge impact to the level of light we got inside the house immediately.
With the extensions we planned the face of the house was also changed immensely. Before it looked quite quaint, “cottagey” and slightly old fashioned.
When our architect initially told us about the plans for the extension I didn’t think it would look nice cos I didn’t really understand what he meant about having the thatch hang into the flat roof of the extension but I made a decision to just trust him and go with his recommendations. He is the professional after all 😉
I love how the front of our house looks now. I think it’s an awesome blend of modern and quaint and reflects us as a family. Slightly traditional with a twist of modern mixed in!
If you follow me on twitter you will know that we’ve just recently moved back into our house after 3 and a half months of renovation work. Honestly, I think if the renovations had gone on for one day longer I would be typing this from my padded cell and not from the “comfort” of my office chair.
At first we thought that we would have been able to live in the house whilst the renovations were being done… FOOLS! We were fools, I really take my hat off to anyone that can live in their house whilst doing major renovations. THE DUST!!! OMG, THE DUST!!!! Thankfully we have a one-roomed cottage on top of our double garage so not long after the foundations for the extensions were dug we moved lock stock and barrel into the cottage to give the builders carte blanche in our home. When I think now that there is literally only one room in our house that we did not amend/renovate I really don’t know how I could have been so dumb to think we could live in the HOUSE while all the work was being done. Anyway nuff said bout my self stupidity on that matter!
Renovating one’s house is much like going through infertility or entering parenthood for the first time. People *try* to tell you how hard/stressful/annoying/soul-destroying it can be, but until you actually go through it on your own you never quite grasp the magnitude of just how hard/stressful/annoying/soul-destroying it can be. Add to this a healthy dose of pregnancy hormones and a toddler who figured out how to push boundaries and you will have a vague idea of what it’s been like for us. We had a few toddler meltdowns of EPIC proportions, a few adult meltdowns of SUPER EPIC proportions but in the end we got through it.
And I just have to say the house and the SPACE is just divine! I am so happy with how it’s all worked out and the changes we made have totally lived up to the potential we saw in the house when we decided to put in that offer. Because if I’m honest the way the house was before? It kinda sucked. Being thatch it was DARK. It was small (as old thatch houses are wont to be) but it was just right for us… once we’d seen through the nasty and could imagine the bright, open, light space that we now live in.
I loved our property when we bought it. But now I also LOVE our house!