Our First House – On With The DIY!

We officially have the keys to our new house! It’s been an exciting time for our little family and we were lucky to have had a straightforward sale and to find that upon arrival, we still loved it as much as we did on that first rose-tinted viewing. Naturally, we’ve had lots of ideas on how we’d like to make this new house ‘ours’, so I thought it might be fun to share some of the renovation process here on Chalk Kids, which I hope to document from start to finish. 

Currently, the house is in good shape and in perfectly liveable condition, so much so that we feel bad wanting to make changes to it right away. But those housing programmes have embedded themselves deep in our heads and we can’t help wonder how great it would be if we were to, ‘knock that living room wall down!’ or ‘add a log wall!’ 

However, despite the odd DIY shelves or simple nursery constellation wall, we know we’re rookies in the interior design department. So we decided to approach Brown + Brown, an architectural company I came across after reading an article on one of their previous projects. Their unique eye for detail and smart storage solutions quickly made us realise how important a great architect is to any renovation. It’s money well spent in our eyes!

As hoped for, Blair and Andrew created some incredible sketches for us on how we could maximise our space and add some modern character to our mid-century build. We had two options drawn up and ended up choosing the slightly less radical one due to costs. We’re now at the stage of having tender drawings made, which will be swiftly followed by applying for building permits and looking for quotes to get the work done. In another bid to keep costs down we’re looking to project manage the renovations ourselves. 

First Family Home Renovations | Chalk Kids Blog

Our goal is to make our living room and kitchen all open plan, installing a new kitchen island, dining space and finally renovating the utility room which is in desperate need of some TLC. The living room will have revamped plywood shelving and a new fireplace installed, currently we’re eyeing up a gas Stovax or Morsø – We love their traditional feel and the fact they’ll easily warm up an open plan living area.

Whilst we wait patiently for those permits, we’ve been busy looking into what we can do in the meantime. Olly’s already been browsing Engelbert Strauss for some new tools and overalls! We’re starting nice and easy with stripping the old wallpaper off the walls before plastering and pulling up the old carpets. We also want to sand the wooden floors down, which we’ll then coat in white oil for a more minimal feel. 

Just for fun *cough* I’ve been looking at possible new furniture for the house, I’m currently being drawn to mid-century re-upholstered chairs and fun tiles for the utility room. If, like me, you love floors then I highly recommend this IG account. Below is a moodboard that captures a few of the details we’re looking to achieve, including the integrated dining bench and pops of colour through funky lighting. There’s so much to do and a long journey ahead, but so far it feels like we’re off to a good start. Wish us luck! 



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I’ll share another update soon, once we start the next stage in the process – Steph x

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  • Congratulations Steph! I can’t wait to see your updates! x