Dying to do up a house but missing the house? Have ours!
Pick the perfect fabrics, flooring and more for our
Ugly Duckling. Whatever you choose, we’ll use

No 93
93 - house tour

93 – house tour

No 93, the finished product…
Bathroom battles

Bathroom battles

Even though No 93′s original bathroom was about 8 metres squared, its previous incarnation made it look small and poky, with an awkward Victorian cistern taking up space. First thing to tackle was the giant water heater opposite the door, which we soon swapped out for a walk-in shower with a gorgeous rain showerhead and...
Mad for mags

Mad for mags

  While you’re waiting for your new house to complete, there’s not a lot you can do, so it’s a good excuse to sit down with a stack of magazines. Living Etc is a personal favourite, but I also love House & Garden and Vogue Living. Before starting No 93, I clipped out a few...
The hard-work worktop

The hard-work worktop

  In a somewhat rare move for us, husband and I decided to splash some cash on our worktop. We wanted a little wooden wow factor, but soon realised unless we wanted to spend a LOT of cash, we still had to put in the hard yards. I found a company that supplied unoiled worktops,...
Itchin' for a kitchen

Itchin’ for a kitchen

One of the jobs  we couldn’t wait to get over and done with was putting in 93′s kitchen. The task had towered before us, growing in stature every time a plumber sucked through his teeth or scratched his head while quoting to move it from the tiny scullery to the sunny breakfast room. (Seriously, how...
Here comes the sun

Here comes the sun

When we bought 93, it came with an ancient extension that looked like it needed to be knocked down. Once we had our surveyor’s assurances it didn’t, husband and I set about turning it into a cheerful sunroom, perfect for warming up without having to listen to our neighbours scream at their kids. The only...
What a planker

What a planker

Having to deck a triangular surface on a slope had been keeping husband awake at night, but he needn’t have worried. By creating his own set of floor joists, he was able to lay a level section of decking with a step down to the rest of the garden. Trapezium-shaped flowerbeds made the garden feel...
I know - lino!

I know – lino!

Everyone I know sneers at vinyl floors. And I used to sneer, too, but these days I’m a changed renovater. When working out how to floor our untility room, we didn’t have many options. The rest of 93 had beautiful floorboards, but as this room was rebuilt in the 1950s, it just had a cold...
Goodbye mellow yellow

Goodbye mellow yellow

One of the most exciting times of 93 was the day Michael, our powerhouse from Portugal, painted the outside of the house. After much debate, husband and I settled on Sandtex’s Gravel Garden, encouraged by a handy three for two offer at B&Q. We thought we might have to hire some scaffolding, but nope, Michael...
The tile high club

The tile high club

Maybe it’s because I’m Australian, but I don’t have a shuddering fear of fifties fireplaces. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until halfway through this renovation that I realised most people do. What saddens me even more now is that I’ve figured out if you’re plastering a room anyway, it isn’t much more of a pain to rip...
Painting spell

Painting spell

Painting was a job I volunteered for, convinced even someone as clumsy as me couldn’t go too wrong blasting the walls with litres and litres of trade paint (Leyland, from £10 for 10 litres, when in bulk).  Husband encouraged me, telling me to it would just take a week to do the whole of the...
Bargain hunt

Bargain hunt

We might spend our days surrounded by dust, but at least builders knock off at four, right? Not so much. Turns out renovating is an 18-hour job, cause even when you’re not building or sawing or fixing things, you’re thinking about building or sawing or fixing things.  And when your muscles are crying out for a...