House Tours

How many will be included on this page entirely depends on how many houses I get the opportunity to visit! This I feel could be a slow process, however any friends or family out there that are keen for me to write up a little feature about your beloved home on the blog, please get in touch! It could be in the early stages of renovation or a completed project you are simply gushing over! Either way, I would jump at the chance to have a tour around your home, and hear about your trials, successes and inspirations along the way.

-Essentially I am just really rather nosey… Enjoy the first of many tours!

We excitedly set off mid Friday afternoon to visit our friend up t’north near Leeds. As a recent first time buyer I thought it a genius idea to, with his permission of course, feature his progress and battles in my blog!

Meet the home owner  Pat Doig, a Wealth Manager working in Leeds, lives in the idyllic Ilkley town.

Property  A 5 bedroom, 1 bathroom terraced house.

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Never judge a first time buyer’s door!


So, when did you move in and what made you choose this area?

I moved in May 2014, after renting in Leeds city centre for a few years. I decided on Ilkley due to the fantastic connections into the city and our growing soft spot for the idyllic town. I had considered Harrogate and York previously as they are both so beautiful, however affordability and practicality ruled over in the end.

What was your first job to tackle?

There was about a month period before I was able to physically move into the property so thought I’d use that time to my advantage. I re-wired the whole house and replaced the boiler. I also made the decision to completely strip out the bathroom, as the original arrangement did not work for me practically. So this was the first room in the house to be transformed. I decided to use Morland Bathrooms who are an independent show room in Leeds. They were extremely helpful in giving advice as we didn’t really have a clue what we were doing!

Before...
Before…
Bathroom
Bathroom after…

Towels, Jasper Conran and Lindsay Lang. Basin, Morland Bathrooms.

Window detail
Window detail

  Pat: “The shower makes me happy every day!”

Waterfall shower
Waterfall shower

Shower fittings, Morland Bathrooms.

What was the most laborious task?
Sanding all the floors, walls and skirting down was tough. I hired a belt sander for the floor which was a huge help but is still a very labour intensive task. I wasted a lot of time filling in holes and sanding back walls before realising that getting someone in to skim over and re-plaster was not a lot of money and less fuss. Wallpapering was a new skill to master. I used google tutorials for help- using a string and plumb to get a straight line…! The previous home owners very kindly left a good amount of wood chip on the walls which wasn’t a pleasant job to tackle either! Removing two fire places was a new challenge too.

Staircase
Staircase
Hallway
Hallway
Precision painting
Precision painting

What would you describe your style as?

Pat: “I’d say we have drawn on influences from the Scandi style, with the painted white floorboards and grey walls. I do enjoy a geometric pattern and a few pops of colour. I think it’s inoffensive. Simple and fresh.”

Guest room
Guest room
Subtle geometric
Subtle geometric

Wallpaper, John Lewis £12 per roll (January sale!) Bicycle print bedding, Primark. Pendant, John Lewis.

Watch tutorials on how to hang wallpaper like Pat did below.

Record collection
Record collection
Do it yourself artwork
Do it yourself artwork

Next project/challenge?

The kitchen is the next project on the list. I’m looking into concrete panels as a backsplash with oak work tops. I feel this will compliment each other well. For the floor I’d like to try something quite colourful but are undecided on the finish! Also, the hall, stairs and landing need finishing off. I would really like the traditional stair runners with the brass rods, but might look at painting one on for the time being to cut costs. As well as this, there’s two extra rooms upstairs in the eaves of the house. In time I want to convert this space into a master suite, however that is most definitely a long term goal!

Kitchen untouched
Kitchen untouched

Why not give them your opinion and ideas on flooring finishes? Vote on the form below.

And finally, what is your favourite part of the house?

Pat: “The shower makes me happy every day! And I really love the navy blue in our bedroom. They’re Little Greene colours but we had the master bedroom mixed by the specialists Johnstone’s for a really good price. I also love the wood burner; when I’ve actually gone to the trouble of getting some wood!”

Moody blue in the Master Bedroom
Moody blue in the Master Bedroom

Bedding, Marks and Spencers. Lighting, bought from Stokholm, Lagerhaus. Paint, Little Greene.

Before the wood-burner...
Before the wood-burner…
Now, in all it's glory!
Now, in all it’s glory!

Wood-burner, Charnwood. Fireplace tiles, Plan-It Earth an independent tile shop in Addingham. Rug, Ikea. Floor lamp, Made.com.

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