Downstairs Before
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Downstairs Before

 

Hi everyone. I am sorry you haven’t heard from me for a while, but I have been rather tied up over the past months. Not literally, but being a hands-on renovator ( you know that I’m a reno addict ) means my hands and design brain have been in over-drive.  Over the last 6 months my husband & I have –

1) Renovated a dingy basement into a Scandinavian inspired 1 bedroom apartment

2) Bought a 1950’s rundown cottage and renovated the whole house as well as subdivide the land

3) ½ renovated our Retro Beach Cottage having stripped back the whole inside to remove the mould that was killing me – literally. I must tell you mould is poisonous and I have been quiet ill. So we have removed all the walls etc.

4) Design Guru Darlene & I have also been working with a lovely interstate family to turn their ordinary suburban brick home in Byron Bay, into a serene holiday beach house for them and their extended family to escape the city. This meant completely stripping out and rebuilding the whole inside. I can’t wait to share the photos.

Considering some people take a lifetime to renovate their home, I can see why I am a little tired and apologise for the my absence @oohm. There seems to be a theme in my life of stripping out old homes and rejuvenating them into something beautiful.

Follow me and our team as we transform dingy with hard work and love into beauty-filled spaces…

Hope we inspire you to have a go yourself, at beautifying your own home or take on renovations for profit to increase your wealth and lifestyle.

So this is how we started…..

As you can see there was nothing inspiring about this space, but I had a vision of all it could be. At least I hoped it would be!!!

The Dingy Old Room Under The House
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The Dingy Old Storage Room Under The House Really Needs Renovating

 

My inspiration was to create a Scandinavian inspired space, like those I had stayed in during our wonderful trip to my husband’s family homeland Sweden. I searched Pinterest madly to find just the look I loved, one I could create for not too much cost.

Here are my favourite looks

 

Lots of soft white to add some light into a dark space
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Lots of soft white to add some light into a dark space

 

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I love grey & white and lots of texture
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I love grey & white and lots of texture

 

We only had a small space for a kitchen like this
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We only had a small space for a kitchen like this one

 

Quirky but not cluttered
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Quirky but not cluttered

And So It Begins:

+ Ripping out the old asbestos lining which needed to be done by a professional and disposed of carefully.

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We will extend around 1 metre into this under house space
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We will extend around 1 metre into this under house space

As you can see it is going to be a challenge renovating this space and we need to be clever to get the style and shape we want for our little Scandinavian apartment. Keep your eye out for our renovating progress and final reveal!!

Let us know what you think in the comments – Belinda Westblade x

 

Start by pouring a concrete slab and framing up the walls
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We started by ripping out walls, pouring a concrete slab and framing up the new walls                       

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