House Renovation Update

House Renovation Update norfolk cottage flint and chalk blockHouse Renovation Update

Hello friends! It’s been a CRAZY few weeks! We have been renovating like crazy and we had a bit of a set-back… the house nearly fell down! No really! And I promise it wasn’t our fault! Watch the video… all will be explained, but basically, these old houses are built with breathable, porous materials and when people ‘update’ the houses with non-breathable materials, damp gets trapped and it causes a whole heap of mess! Don’t worry, it’s all getting sorted! Anyway… Let’s discuss what’s been going on! And don’t forget to watch the video!

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We Have Moved Out!

So first of all, we have finally moved out! We did as much prep work as we could whilst we were living there, but honestly, it got a little overwhelming. It’s hard living in the ‘before’. Every surface is covered in dust, the bathrooms were very old and carpeted and we had to wear crocs out of the shower to avoid the rubble on the rooms which had been stripped back. Renovating is hard and honestly, it’s not for everyone, so we are super grateful to have moved out! Everything is in storage, the builders are there every day and we are hoping they will be able to get cracking faster without us there! In the mean time, we are THRILLED to be living dust-free in the countryside in an Airbnb! I’ll share more info soon!

House Renovation Update

Strip Back!

Just a note here about how and why we strip back the house as much as we can… it’s kind of hard to describe and there is a fine line between ripping out the charm of the house, but also taking things back as far as they need to go in order to make it all as safe and structurally sound as possible. But basically, our house is old and over the years, it hasn’t been that well maintained. There is positives to this, as it means that there is lots of lovely original features and general charm, PLUS it hasn’t been overly modernised, which is wonderful, but also… it means the maintenance hasn’t been done. And if I’m truly honest, what they did do, was done badly. So we have stripped out a LOT in order to see what’s behind, this way we can sort cracks, damp, dry rot, woodworm and whatever else needs doing. Sure it costs more and takes more time, but it’s ALWAYS better to do these things in one before you unpack and before you decorate. We want a strong and safe house! PS. The house is made of chalk block which is what you can see in the photos, isn’t it cool?

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What’s On The To-Do List

  • Rewire
  • Replumb inc. new boiler
  • Three new bathrooms
  • One new cloakroom / utility room
  • Remodel
  • New ceilings upstairs
  • New kitchen, which is being moved
  • Rebuilt fireplace
  • Replaster on the inside with lime
  • New render on the outside with lime
  • Helibars to strength the house
  • Replace any floor joists which need replacing
  • French Drain
  • Sort out cellar
  • New guttering
  • Adding in two dormer windows
  • New windows throughout

On The ‘Done’ List

  • Re-roof
  • Planning permission granted for the two dormer windows
  • Architect plans with building regs drawn up

So there’s a fair bit to do! And this doesn’t even include decorating, floors or ‘phase 2’ which is the outbuilding! oops! Oh and then there’s also more granular things like skirting and stripping doors… plus anything unforeseen and I’m sure there will be something that crops up… there always is!

House Renovation Update norfolk cottage flint and chalk block

Shell Out

Anyway, the house is a bit of a shell at the moment and there’s a lot to do and if I’m honest, a LOT of money to be spent, but I’m super excited and I can’t wait til we are a little further down the line and ready to think about moving back in! I’m sure other people would have moved in and just painted and what-not, but honestly, we like to do the job properly so it’s good for decades to come. When you do quick-fixes, they can end up being really costly in the long run and whilst the internet LOVES a makeover reel, sometimes you have to put the hard work and budget on the important stuff, like structure, first! I’m super excited to not be living in it anymore and I’m so excited about how it will turn out in the end!

If you are renovating and have any thoughts, let me know before, or if you are wanting any information on renovating, please let me know and I will try and help where I can!



  1. lauralouiseforresthotmailcouk
    August 17, 2021 / 12:39 pm

    I can’t wait to see what you do with this place! It will look stunning x

    • fashionforlunch
      August 19, 2021 / 10:10 pm

      Thank you so much xxxx