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Just peachy

Just peachy

Well, our swift and simple makeover at No 1 has almost come to an end. Having finished the four main rooms (kitchen, bathroom, master bedroom and lounge), we only had to overhaul the second bedroom and utility room to get one step closer to a much-needed rental income.       Luckily for us, neither...
Sofa so good

Sofa so good

    When it came to overhauling the living room at No 1, there was no time to lounge around (I’m here all week). Due to “running out of money” constraints, we left the fireplace surround where it was, opting to paint the tiles rather than rip them out. This time I learnt from my...
Kitchen nightmare

Kitchen nightmare

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, No 1 needed a bypass. The kitchen/diner was a big room, but its cabinets were old and broken, and the boiler impeded the only real preparation space.     Our first task was to rip everything out, including the carpet (I’m going to start one of...
Scrub a dub dub

Scrub a dub dub

The bathroom at No 1 hadn’t been upgraded in decades, and it showed. Despite having been lived in only a year before, it featured a cracked old tub, bakerlite toilet and grimy sink. But it was already upstairs at least, meaning half the battle had already been won, or so we told ourselves. Only catch...
A faster master

A faster master

The master bedroom was our first stop at No 1. The previous owner must have been a lover of big dogs, as there were claw marks that reached almost two-thirds up the walls (at least, I hope they were a lover of big dogs). To really set the animal theme off, there was also a...
The quick and the dead tired

The quick and the dead tired

Apparently renovating No 9 was just not keeping us busy enough, because a few months ago husband and I headed to another auction and came away with a two-up two-down. Located in a good area of Plymouth, No 1 was prime renting-out material (or so we hoped!). But before we could ask anyone to move...