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A little bit of everything

The month of opening!

Since the beginning of February we thought it would be closer to the end of March that we would be welcoming our first guests but since we uploaded the pictures of inside the Beach House our calendar is filling up and guests are booking in earlier and earlier.

I can’t explain the excitement when we receive a new message from someone requesting information on the beach house or the town. I guess it brings a mix of emotions really…Happiness because what we have created what has been so well received and relief because it gives us hope that this little beach house by the sea might just work.

For the past week we have been busy trying to get lots of little things signed off with different agents and meeting various regulations for health and safety etc. We have also been working on our advertising and marketing! Our competition has brought more attention to our Facebook page and website than we could ever have imagined, the blog has seen some great traffic and now we just need to spread the word of Burnsyde far and wide.

Head over to our Facebook page to enter our competition if you haven't already!

This weekend we are heading down to the beach house to finish off the interiors in the sunroom. This is the last room to be finished and hopefully by Saturday we will ready for the doors to open. This Saturday is our definite deadline, we are having a little thank you get together with the team who have helped us get to where we are and although they have seen inside it more than we have we want them to be in our company in its final state so that we can all celebrate together!

I will leave the big speech until the weekend (and next week’s blog post) but without the team Burnsyde would not be what it is. The knowledge, expertise and overall support from each and every one of our team has been insane. We are so, so grateful! To remind you of just how much they have done....take a look at this before and after pic...

Anyway, next week I will be back with more interior pics and I may even let you in on who our amazing team actually are!

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A Busy Week

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A Busy Week

T Minus 4 weeks until we have our first guests stay!

So it has been all hands on deck to get the inside and outside finished off. Within a week the team have managed to build new steps down to the front door, lay a patio, replace the paving slabs in front of the Sunroom and build some steps up to the driveway! These guys amaze me every single week! Come rain or shine they are there, helping us every step of the way...

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The garden had always been well looked after by John but the paths and steps were just a little unsafe so we knew they needed an update. With new steps and a freshly painted doorway we think the place looks much better!

The inside of the house has been having a few more details added...A handmade coffee table in the living room. It's amazing what I can do with a few scaffold boards and some hairpin legs!

A beautiful handmade vanity unit with free standing sink...
This was something we saw months ago, right at the beginning of the journey, we searched high and low to find something similar ready-made but we really struggled. 
We decided to speak to a family friend who often makes bespoke commissions, after a little too long being indecisive we finally made our final decisions on wood, beading, tiles and feet....and here we have our final piece...

They are only little touches but they make a real difference to the rooms they are in and we just love that they have been made especially for the Beach House.

This weekend will be the first in a while that neither of us will be travelling down to the Beach House, I am on a hen weekend and Dale has to work. Next week will be the final weekend we see it before we welcome our first guests. 

From now until then we will be working on our marketing and advertising to get our wonderful little beach house full up for 2017!

 

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A Final View Before The Furniture

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A Final View Before The Furniture

I keep saying it but....we are nearly there!!
We arrived at the Beach House on Saturday morning with so much excitement to see where we were up to and we were not disappointed!

SS has gone above and beyond with the team to have this place ready for Dale and I coming back to see it. Their endless hours of work have created something really beautiful and we will be forever grateful!

The team have excelled themselves! Every room looks amazing, each feature has been completed with TLC and the bungalow looks more amazing than we could have ever imagined. If you saw it yourself you may think "well it's just a bungalow that's been re-decorated" but we know exactly what it has taken to get to this stage and it is so much more than a lick of paint.

We were staying in Saltburn for a few more days so we could help with anything that still needed doing and get the furniture inside. Dale had lots of meetings for the Beach House and property business and I rolled up my sleeves and spent lots of my time at Burnsyde, tidying and cleaning. Dales mum was there to help me and my mum was busy adjusting our new curtains, Grandad Clive and SS were building a new wall and steps at the front door , Andy was busy tidying up lots of little loose ends and Trevor was finishing up with the glossing - we had help from all angles.
It really feels that time just disappears when we walk into the bungalow, I don't know whether it's because I spend so much time admiring it that I don't notice time passing or because small jobs take much longer than you think! Either way the days were flying by and by Tuesday we still had lots to do before unloading our van of furniture!

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Between the work I managed to spend some time with my bezzie and our poochies on the beach, no matter what is going on a walk along the beautiful shore makes me smile!

So enough of the chatting....here are some sneak peek pics of how Burnsyde is looking now - These pictures really don't do it justice and I don't want to give too much away so this is your lot!

Next stop - Furniture!

 

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One Month To Go

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One Month To Go

So here we are....February 1st 2017! One month away from opening our doors to guests. Exxcciiiiiiiiiiiiiiiting! 

We celebrated Dales birthday on Friday and we were talking about where we might be and what we might be doing when his birthday comes around next year! We never expected to have Burnsyde a year ago and look at us now......a few weeks from doors opening!

So over the past couple of weeks the renovations have been coming to an end. There have still been a number of things to look at and complete but the place is definitely getting there! SS is continuing to keep the team in order and hit the deadlines - if you are ever looking for a project manager, SS is your man!

The flooring is almost finished throughout, the sunroom has been re-boarded and is getting plastered this weekend then it will be ready for a lick of paint! The flooring in the dining area is finished and the radiator is back up and running, ready to pump some heat into the place! We were so worried about the beach house being chilly in the winter months but after all the new insulation, re-boarding and plastering it keeps the heat in just wonderfully!

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Our handyman has been in this week making and fitting new door frames and hanging the new doors. We have chosen a four panel oak....just need a door nob now! 

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Dale and I have not been back to Saltburn for a few weeks, Saturday we will be there to see the place (almost) complete and ready for for furniture! We will be driving down in a big white van, or Dale will - I will be in the car with little Derek! We are spending 5 days in Saltburn to help the team finish up on the little jobs that are left and get the place looking a little more livable! We are so excited that we are at this point in the journey! Our first guests will be there in no time!

We have an engagement party on Saturday for our wonderful friends Rob and Nicky then the rest of the time will be spent in Burnsyde or in meetings about Burnsyde and catching up with family and friends. 
The past few months have been so busy each time we have been back we feel like we don't spend any time with the people we love, half the time Dale and I barely see each other!

This week there has been a development with our own life too....It has been Derek's first day at doggy nursery! It was an emotional morning for me, I am not sure it's the exact same feeling as the first day you drop your child off at nursery but it was certainly a weird one! He was away from us for 11 hours (his longest time away from us) and I have never seen him as excited as he was when I collected him. He is such a wonderful little dog with tonnes of character! We love him so, so much! 

Here he is looking all dapper for Dale's birthday card photo-shoot! Great modelling potential....

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If all goes to plan in the next few days we will have interior images to share with you on our next blog post! Fingers crossed!

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to one and all!! We wish you all lots of love, luck and happiness for the year ahead.

This new year was a little different to usual, I fell asleep at 9:30pm, woke up for the bells, wished my family and friends a happy new year, gave Dale and Derek a kiss and back to sleep I went!  Rock and Roll or what!! I think life has got the better of me this week, with lots of travelling and trying to fit everyone in whilst we were back in Saltburn, having a house full at my parents with all the family staying, plodding on with Burnsyde and trying to keep an 11 week old puppy in tow - tough!

Anyway, the new year has begun and this is the year we will be opening Burnsyde! WOW! This time last year I was making new year's resolutions to stop eating crisps or stop moaning about irrelevant things, this year I'm writing goals for our new business! Rather different!

We headed back north between Christmas and new year as Dale had to work, I took some time off to spend with Derek and relax after the festivities. It was a peaceful few days with lots of time spent looking back at the initial inspiration boards and our interior styling ideas.
I love going interior shopping so I spent rather a few hours doing this too. We will soon be at the point where I can begin filling the rooms with their furniture and soft furnishings, a couple of weeks away of course but still....very soon!

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I found myself thinking about the previous interiors that John had in the bungalow and what he would think of what we were going to put in there. I know that we can't please everyone but it would be nice if he genuinely did like what we had done to the place. After so long as his holiday home I imagine it's a hard thing to see it taken apart and put back together in a completely different way.

On Monday after a little walk on the beach with Derek I spent the day in Burnsyde while Dale was at the boro match, it was just me and the radio and it was lovely. I was just getting a few jobs done, tidying the place up, covering the new radiators to save them from the dust and washing down the windows. It was amazing to be in there and see how many people noticed the sign in the window or had a peek in as they wandered past - this was me in years gone by.  The promenade and beach were packed with visitors and locals and as I watched dogs run on the beach and the queue get bigger and bigger for the fish and chip shop I felt so lucky that I could be this close to it all whenever I liked and that the bungalow people were intrigued by would soon be available for any one of them to stay.

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I really hope 2017 goes to plan and our little Beach House becomes a hit!

The Adidog and a Staircase

The Adidog and a Staircase

We are only four days away from Christmas and two sleeps away from a possible weekend at the bungalow. I say  'possible' because we still need a couple of things doing for it to be a 'comfortable' stay. We obviously have options of places to stay when we are back (for which we are very grateful) but we made a little Christmas wish to have a couple of nights in the bungalow. I know that no one will really mind but Derek is a bit of a handful and we don't want him to be in the way, causing havoc or launching himself at the Christmas tree (an activity he seems to love at our house). With all this said we would be more than happy to be at either families houses and be looked after for a few days! I just can't wait for the sofa, a glass of fizz and a box of chocolates.

I let Dezza (nickname for Derek) have one of his Christmas presents early (I couldn't resist), it is very cold up here so I thought he could do with a jumper to keep him warm....Cue Adidog....it may look like he isn't very happy but he is, he loves his new hoody.

Derek the Dog
Derek the Dog

You might be thinking why have we put a Santas beard on him...we haven't....that's his fluffy white chest stripe that happens to look stuck on in this pic! So adorable!

Things are moving along at speed in the bungalow, the upstairs bathroom suite is being put in this week, the kitchen units are almost finished, the living room is being painted as I type and the staircase is being fitted in it's new position. The staircase is a little later than planned due to a few building regulations we needed to meet and having it made bespoke. It's looking pretty good though.

 

New Staircase

You can see here the walls are no longer the colour of plaster - that's right - We have colour! The colour discussions look like they have paid off - thumbs up! The bedrooms are complete with their colour so next for them is flooring! It seems ridiculous that they will soon be ready for furniture! I best get shopping!

It feels really strange that when we return in a few days we will be seeing it in a completely different state. Three weeks ago we left and it was a shell with brick here, plasterboard there, flooring half pulled up, a huge hole in the ceiling and old staircase standing in one of the bedrooms. This time there will be smooth and painted walls, new floors, a bathroom (maybe) and a kitchen! It seems ridiculous that it was only 52 days ago that we were handed the keys and the work began.

The list of things that have been done to the place is endless and the quality of work from all involved has been completely amazing. SS has done an unbelievable job project managing for us, leaving nothing to chance and informing us on every single decision made, we could not be more thankful. This, and all the help and support we have received from friends and family will never be forgotten.

There seems so much to do before I can get really excited about Christmas, I still haven’t finished our Christmas Shopping (I buy ll the gifts in this household), wrapped a single present or thought about what I need to pack for the trip home!

Nothing a couple of late nights won’t fix though I guess!

A day and a half left a work, a trip to the vets for Dezza and we will be set for our Christmas celebrations!