Home lovin’

As I mentioned yesterday I’m starting the process of planning towards a home renovation. It’s all still in the dreaming phase but I can’t help but get excited about the prospect. Even if it only comes about in a few years time, the dreaming and planning phase is one of the most important anyway!

With this in mind I’m sure you’ll be seeing quite a few “home” related posts this year – be it dream homes or cute ideas or even my own projects! I’m not quite sure what path things will take but it’s sure to be on my mind a lot so will inevitably end up here!!

So where are we in the process? Well after waiting (very patiently) for 11 years we have finally had some initial plans drawn up and are now moving on to the next step. The initial plans are amazing and I’m super excited about them so we have now given the go ahead to have some builder’s plans drawn up so we can get a better idea of all the costs involved (eeeek!) I’m very happy to just take one step at a time (eg. not freak the finance-conscience husband out too much yet) Once we have those plans I’ll be asking around for at least 3 quotes and then we’ll need to go chat to the bank! (another eeeek!)

Our main requirements (needs/ wants – it all gets a bit blurry!) for our renovation are the following:

An en-suite bathroom (4 people waiting for one toilet = a problem, a first-world problem I know, but nevertheless it would be a real bonus!)
A family room/ play room/ TV room etc etc. We have an existing garage that could suffice but we need to attach it to the house, which involves….
Making the the kitchen larger and open-planning to the dining room, new kitchen cabinetry would be amazing too of course to replace my hideous bottle green ones!
Converting the current double carport to a double garage
Replacing the rickety wooden fence with a new boundary wall (probably Vibacrete, even though I can’t stand it, the cost of a brick wall is crazy)
An outside room/ covered patio and braai area

This is a summarized list – I’m sure there will be MANY other little bits and pieces like new cupboards or sanware but these are the main structural changes. I suspect I will become rather addicted to Home magazine and Young House Love. Feel free to send me any other great sites – budget friendly of course 😉

While I bide time waiting for the go-ahead from the bank and the boy, I will be doing a few cosmetic updates. A very style savvy friend popped around with her phone camera recently and started snapping away, next thing I knew she had put together an amazing flipfile of ideas for my own home using my existing furniture just moving things around, getting more organized, rearranging my decor, and suggesting what to paint etc etc. I was blown away. Such a treat to have someone with an “eye” give me some advice. I know some of you might be mortified at the thought but I really wasn’t, just excited to start implementing some of her advice. Over the past few weeks I have already made some changes…. and I’m hoping to add a few more interesting details and textures soon. Maybe some “Before” and “Afters” are in order? I’ll see if I can get her pics and do a post then.

In the mean time I thought I might share with you this rather lovely kitchen I found via Style at Home…. Lots of white and wood. One of my favourite combinations. Some lovely inspiration! What do you think??

Have you renovated? How did it go? I’ve heard it’s up there with “Most stressful life experiences” which makes me a bit nervous…. Any tips or advice or recommendations would be most welcome!

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

  1. Are love the dreaming part the most too. These things cost so much money. Last year I just instructed hubby to paint the entire inside of our house white…and just this one thing made a world of difference….can’t wait for the other smaller things to fall in place now.

  2. Yes I must say I am loving the “all white” look! Do you have kids Angelique – how does it work with them??

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