Our New Country Cottage – Renovation Update

I haven’t mentioned our new country cottage for a while so here’s a mini update. Just to remind you it’s going to be a bolthole for us to use and we’re also going to let it out to holiday makers. It’s in a beautiful part of North Norfolk and is set in a private piece of land with a fishing lake and all manner of wildlife. Truth is, renovations are taking a lot longer than I originally anticipated, and as with all redecoration projects, things crop up that weren’t on the initial to-do list. But we’ve been spending as much time there as possible and things are moving along. Slowly.

A new porch!

So far, the BF has totally rebuilt the porch over the front door, the glass in all of the windows has been replaced, the kitchen has been ripped out and the boiler replaced, the tiles have been removed from the bathroom and it has been replastered, the stairs (which were verging on dangerous) have been reinforced and the BF has built an under-stairs cupboard. Meantime I’ve been sanding and undercoating all of the horrible orange pine furniture. Now that I’ve written it all down it doesn’t seem like such a minor achievement! Oh, and we’ve had the most fabulous tiles laid throughout the ground floor to replace the ancient green, smelly carpet.

Mercury Planet Porcelain Tiles from Trade Price Tiles

New floor from Trade Price Tiles

I wanted practical stone tiles for downstairs. There will be muddy boots traipsing in and out from back and front no doubt, and I didn’t want to have to worry constantly about dirt. Granite or limestone would have been my first choice but you have to seal them and re-seal them regularly. Something we might not be able to do. So, the next best thing was a porcelain tile that looks like stone but doesn’t need the maintenance.  We chose Planets Mercury tiles from Trade Price Tiles as they are very realistic looking, non-slip, look fantastic and as a bonus the customer service was second to none. I’ll post some better images when there is more of the floor visible, and they have been properly cleaned up.

I’m itching to get it all prettied up for photographs but that will have to wait. And as it’s all such a mess at the moment I have to confess that I often escape with the dog for long walks to explore the local countryside and the nearby beaches.

Norfolk - winter sun and wide open skies

Winter sun and open spaces

One thing that I didn’t anticipate was that I would totally fall in love with the area. I have been visiting friends there for many years but since spending time at the cottage I’ve really grown fond of the area, the villages, the quirky cottages along every road and the coastline. Even in winter. And it’s always a wrench to leave. I really want to live there full time and hopefully one day that dream will come true *sigh*.

Norfolk - winter sun and fresh air

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    January 11, 2016

    Sounds like a lot of work but I can already tell the end result will be well worth it all. Storm is so cute. x

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      January 16, 2016

      It is a lot of work Geraldine but we’re getting there xx

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    January 11, 2016

    Love the tiles hun, and it all looks so beautiful and peaceful! Never been to Norfolk so can’t wait to come and visit 😉 xxx

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      January 11, 2016

      Are you sure you can cope with so much green Ari? Haha, you will be one of our first visitors xx

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    January 9, 2016

    I love North Norfolk, it’s such a lovely corner of the UK and the coast is stunning. Ok, it’s a little flat, but that makes cycling a lot easier 😉 Well done on all those renovations! The tiled flooring looks gorgeous and I would never know it’s not natural stone. I think I’ll need to pop in some time and check it all out for myself… 😉 x

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      January 10, 2016

      Thanks Carole. And you are very welcome to pop in 🙂 x


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