Renovating The Nest – Lounge

During our three months of insanity we were – amongst many, many things – renovating our very first home. As anyone who knows me well will attest, interiors are a huge source of fascination and delight for me, so this project gave me the most amazing scope to have a go at my first ever start-to-finish project. I’ve already shared the journey our kitchen took from unloved to lovely, and now I’d like to show you the transformation of our lounge.

We gave up a good third of the original room space to house the new bathroom, and although the lounge became smaller, it didn’t give up any of its comfort or function. Doing this also allowed us a little hallway giving way to the bathroom, bedroom and lounge. Before there was simply a door from lounge to bedroom which just didn’t flow well – it always seems wrong to me to open a door from one room to walk straight into another.

My brilliant stepbrother James Crawford (an interior architect) gave us the idea to put the bathroom on the opposite wall to where we’d originally planned – which totally makes the space – and even helped us out with proper drawings for building control. I owe ya one bro!

The lounge before….lounge fireplace beforelounge to kitchen before

The lounge now….

9. Lounge fireplace & bookshelf details
Fireplace wall details
8. Lounge through to bedroom38
Lounge through to bedroom (the bathroom is on the left)
Hello Kitty. Retro details from Hackney Flea Market.
Joely chilling

What we did:

  • Removed existing stud wall between bedroom and lounge, existing shelving, gas fire and surround
  • Raised the floor to house bathroom waste pipes underneath
  • Created a new room for bathroom between bedroom and lounge in stud work and plasterboard
  • Added insulation to boundary wall with communal hallway
  • Replastered
  • Created push-opening cupboard doors on high loft space
  • Laid under-floor heating
  • Laid carpet
  • Built new shelving and cupboards in alcoves either side of fireplace
  • Added prismatic wall lights and down lights in the ceiling
  • Installed home automation system to control tv, music & entertainment (an ultra extravagance but husband insisted, it’s a boy thing)
  • Repainted

Still needs a bit more dressing on the walls but basically there- hope you like!

Labour – KCJ Builders
Underfloor heating – The Underfloor Heating Store
Carpet (Supreme Feelings Artic Grey)- Carpetright
Prismatic Lights – Fritz Fryer
Home Automation System – Kina Audio Systems
Paint – The closest match I could get to Farrow and Ball ‘Stiffkey Blue’ at a paint outlet that shall remain nameless. I recommend taking Farrow and Ball swatches to your nearest dealer to see if they’ll do the same, it’ll be tons cheaper.
Sofa and armchair – Sofa Workshop
Fire surround – somewhere on eBay, haven’t been able to find it

Check out my Pinterest Board for the overall vision for the redesign. It’s a pretty fair representation of what we did I reckon, and there are links to some of the actual items.

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