It’s been a rather hectic time for our family. We bought a home, sold our old home, planned a renovation and then made that renovation happen and finally, we moved – ALL within the space of about 3 months. I’m sitting on the couch with a lovely tea and finally have some mind space to share some of our journey with you!
We’d been living in our Amsterdam apartment with much joy. It was situated on the outskirts of the city with fields and green parks just around the corner, yet with easy access to transport links into the city. We managed to buy this place a couple of years ago – we just got married and wanted to start investing to get out of high renting fees. It was totally empty and bare when we got the keys & we got to shape and create our first little home together. This place has been such a blessing to us but we felt it was time to look for a new family home. The top level apartment (without a lift to get us up) was not really suiting us for much longer and we both desired to move out of the capital, closer to nature & family. We searched for a while (it’s currently a hard buyers market) but managed to get our hands on this humble but spacious townhouse!
And that townhouse needed quite a bit of imagination to see it becoming a family home (and that might even be an understatement)! Build in the late 60-ies, hardly anything had been done to modernise it, and not much maintenance happened either. Everything was stained yellow brown from nicotine, all the radiators were rusted and blocked and the small-ish garden consisted of wobbly fences and an (dare I see it) ugly tree. But behind all that we both loved this homes’ layout, the space and the potential to make this totally ours. So exciting!
We decided to totally strip the house back before building up again – and that started with loads and loads of wallpaper removal. The amount of sanding, cleaning and scraping we’ve done in those first few weeks…! We got tradesmen involved to help us with all the plumping/electricity work and got new double glazing put in too. We opened the kitchen up to create a lovely open kitchen/dining & living area downstairs. Old radiators were taken out as well as all old pipes and wiring.
After those initial 5 week of stripping, rough walls and SO MUCH dust, we got to build everything up again. The most lovely part of any renovation (although the demolition part is also quite the fun) as all the hard prepping work pays of! In the next post I’ll share about that process, including what we picked for our floors, walls, colours etc. Can’t wait to show you more of our new home!
Incredible grateful to all our friends and family (especially my parents) who have helped us so much in this process. Couldn’t have done it without their support!