What a difference a week makes

Garage conversion, before and after

There has been a Twitter trend this month #gratefulinApril and the above transformation is what I’m most grateful for at the moment. I was stood in our ex-garage at 7am this morning in my dressing gown, cup of tea in hand, appreciating this new space. I know we shouldn’t really be grateful for material things but this represents a 3 year plus wait for a solution to two of our children sharing a bedroom.

I suspect my 8 year old daughter will be the most grateful when she can return her bedroom to a little girl’s haven and rid it of dinosaurs, dolphins and other 2 year old brother’s paraphernalia. ┬áThe garage conversion is enabling us to free up the fourth bedroom upstairs, currently used as a computer room.

We’ve had really exciting deliveries (in the eyes of a two year old), like bricks, sand and cement mixers.

brick delivery, garage conversion

The concrete floor was wheelbarrowed and then shovelled in.

concrete floor, insulation, garage conversion

The internal shell is now ready for electrics, plastering and flooring. I’ve done the usual thing of letting my imagination run away with me of what Orla Kiely wallpaper I’d like, and what a beautiful office/craft room/lounge it’s going to be. The reality will probably see the room being commandeered by my teenager as her private TV room and the younger two adorning it with their toys.

The ‘to do’ list to get it finished is still quite long, including things like getting the broadband moved downstairs, we’ll definitely be putting it to the test on keeping up with the gadget demands of our house. It’s astonishing how quickly small people become reliant on wireless internet for iPad dinosaur hunting. ┬áThere is also the small matter of a window. I now know so much about energy ratings of double glazed windows and Georgian decorative options, including astragal bars that I could start cold calling to sell it, I’m sure.

So what are you grateful for in April? I’m bursting with gratitude for our ‘west wing’.


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April 18, 2012 - 6:47 pm

hannah - What a beautiful home you have glad it's going well for you all x

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