Thursday, 5 May 2016

5 in 5 | Home Improvements

It's time for Sandie's 5 in 5 again, so this month I thought I'd share some photos of the work in progress on the home improvements.  

The first two photos show the work so far in the kitchen.  The new worktops went in yesterday and today they are connecting the sink, installing some of the appliances and also hope to make a start on the tiling.

This is a look back into the dining room - still very much a storage/prep area. There is nothing to be done in the dining room for this stage of the home improvements - I want to get a dresser but that'll fit on the opposite wall.  The table and chairs will go under the sunset picture, in front of the french doors.

The flooring has been taken up in the hallway and cloakroom (the door on the right) and will also be removed from the music/study room (the door on the left).  It was honey coloured laminate which was scratched beyond repair and, in the music/study room, there were big holes in it.  You can see the replacement flooring in the bottom left of the photo - it's limed oak (on offer at 50% of original price!) and it's vinyl planks instead of laminate.  There will also be a recessed doormat inside the front door and, if there is enough money, the front door will be replaced as well.

The final photo shows the new sink and storage in the cloakroom. I had problems with the exposure but it is all white, not the grey in the photo. You can just about see the colour in the tiles under the mirror cabinet - they are iridescent and reflect in the light from the circular window behind the toilet. This is nearly finished - they just have to grout the tiles and lay the flooring.

The kitchen and cloakroom will be finished this week and the flooring will be completed by the end of next week.  I'll post some more photos when it's done.


  1. Looking good so far. Love the iridescent tiles in the cloakroom - gotta love a bit of sparkle!

  2. Looks like you're off to a good start. We finished some renovations this winter on our bathrooms. It was a horrible mess while they "dug out" the old ceramic tile floors, but well worth the mess and the expense. We now have up-to-date plumbing (it originated in 1930), and a fresh look as well!

  3. It all looks wonderful. I'm especially impressed with the idea of the recessed doormat. I wish we had thought to do that when we moved in here

  4. I bet you'll be glad to get it all done and looking "spiffy".


  5. That looks wonderful Eileen, so fresh and bright. You have made huge progress. It can be disruptive (as someone who has had more than her fair share of refits and walls knocked down) but it will be so satisfying when it is done. We have been talking about giving some of our rooms a refresh. Thank you for taking part this month. I have really enjoyed seeing your photos and work in progress. I look forward to seeing it when it is finished, and love the idea of a table and chairs under the picture in front of the French doors. What a lovely spot that is.

  6. Glad that all is going well! You can see the iridescence in the tiles, I imagine they are even prettier in person! Hope it is all done soon.

  7. My goodness you do have a lot going on! I can see from what has be done already that it will be worth it in the end.