WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
24th March 2016, my boyfriend (Tyler) and I got the keys to our first house. Walking in the house for the first time as ours was pretty exciting, although seeing it with out ANY furniture to cover the imperfections was incredibly daunting, there was A LOT to do. The moment we stepped foot in the house at the first open home we both new there was a lot to do but it was the only house I had walked into (that we could maybe afford) and seen real potential. The house was a rental property prior to us owning it so definitely needed some TLC. The carpet was old, matted and mismatched. The walls were covered in hideous old paint with many nicks and marks (furniture does a great job over covering up the imperfections). The curtains, omg the curtains were disgusting! All different colours & lengths, stained, dusty and all round hid. The electrical switchboard was an original from the 60s (vintage) and the alarm was a huge box located in the middle of the house which needed a key to turn it on & off.
That night we had pizza on the floor with my parents. It was actually only the third time we had both been in the house after the open homes + inspections etc. Pretty weird how a house is probably the biggest investment you will make in your lifetime, yet you only see it a couple of times before you go to the auction (I'm sure I've spent more time visiting a dress contemplating if i should purchase it or not than we did with this house).
We didn't move in straight away as we didn't particularly want to live in a construction zone so we stayed at my parents house until majority of what we wanted to do was complete. I would do this time and time again looking back on it now. It was amazing being able to put the tools & paint brushes to one side and shut the door after a days work.
As you can imagine purchasing a house in Auckland isn't easy at all so we had a very small budget to do the work we wanted to. This meant we had to do it all ourselves. The only trade we paid for was an electrician. The rest we did on our own. We took ownership of the house around easter so there were a few long weekends where we had extra help from my parents (seriously couldn't have done it without them). Tyler & I also took a week off work at this time so we could get it done and move in as soon as possible.
I had a vision for how I wanted this house to look and although we didn't have a huge budget I feel we did a pretty good job. I love walking into this house everyday knowing we touched every single surface to get it to how it's looking. I really wanted to start this blog to document the process it took to get our home to where it is today and also show how it is 100% possible to make a space look stunning without spending copious amounts of money. Stay tuned for my next post which will document the first stage of our renovation.