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One Year On...

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One Year On...

So here we are, March 2018, 1 year on from when Burnsyde Beach House was open to our first guests. It seems like just yesterday when we think about our nerves and our excitement, but seems a lifetime ago when we think about all the wonderful guests we have had stay with us, the amount of reviews we have collected and generally the amazing reaction we have had to the bungalow on the bank.

It was March 10th 2017 when we welcomed our first guests, a bunch of creative guys from Germany working in Darlington on a filming project. Since then we've had couples and families from all over the UK and welcomed guests from Canada, USA, South Africa, Argentina and Australia. Our little Beach House has been helping to put Saltburn by-the-sea on the map and we couldn't be happier that people from all over the world are enjoying their stay and our little town. 

With 114 bookings, 473 guests and 74 dogs so far we've had relaxing family getaways, birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, girls weekends and school friends catching up after quite some time, with each of them comes a review that we can be proud of.
With memories such as baby's first crawl and a proposal the beach house can be part of peoples memories for a lifetime.

Images courtesy of lettersfrommarionx.blogspot.co.uk

This year is looking good for Burnsyde with both new and returning guests, Summer is full with just a few gaps in for Autumn and Winter so if you are wanting to squeeze in then take a look at our availability calendar here.  

We really hope that our guests continue to share their love for the Beach House with their families and friends and we can continue to welcome people from all over the world. 

Thank you to every single person that has stayed with us, posted a review, told a friend about us, shared our Facebook posts, entered our competitions and generally supported us, we appreciate it all and wouldn't be sharing this post if it wasn't for each of you.

The Beach House Team x

 

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Places to see & cocktails to drink

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Places to see & cocktails to drink

We are probably super biased when it comes to the town of Saltburn and everything in it as we are from the town BUT I am sure lots of people would agree (out of towners too) the town is a wonderful little place with lots of special treasures to be found.

We thought we would share with you a few of our favourite places to go at the moment! Whether you are looking for tea and cake, a tasty cocktail or a little taste of Italy we have just the place for it!

So first up – Coffee and Cake!
We have chosen somewhere literally a stone’s throw from the bungalow! Camfields Espresso Bar!
A lovely little beachside spot serving delicious illy coffee and super tasty cakes and treats!
Camfields has a couple of seating areas outside and one inside. You can relax and watch the world go by with your well behaved pups at the front of the bar or take a spot on the deck at the back of the property (a total sun trap)! For those chillier days there are tables inside, surrounded by glass so you can still enjoy the stunning Saltburn views!
Camfields is fully licensed too so if you are stopping by after a day on the beach you can enjoy a cold beer before your onwards journey (hopefully up the steps to the Beach House)!
Opening Times

Monday – Friday 10am – 2pm
Saturday & Sunday 9am – 4pm

Tasty Cocktails!
Although our town is relatively small there are some super places to grab a cocktail from. We have tried them all and as we can’t quite decide which is our absolute favourite we will share two with you.
In no particular order …..

The Sitting Room!
This is a sweet little Tea & Liquor bar tucked away under the arches in Saltburn Square.
A quaint and cosy vintage styled teashop and cocktail bar perfect for an evening of girly chats, family get togethers’ or romantic date nights! They really do cater for everyone.
Their menu includes the likes of the seasonal G&T, made with rhubarb gin, home made rhubarb syrup, orange bitters and fentimans tonic…making my mouth water as I typel. Their Elderflower Cosmopolitan is one of the best I have tasted! You can check out all their delicious looking cocktails on their Instagram

Opening Hours
Sunday – Thursday 10am – 5pm
Friday & Saturday 10am – 11:45pm

 

More Cocktails
Another popular spot for us is Rapps Café on Milton Street! A busy little Café and Wine Bar just a short walk from the Beach House. Their Mojito is the perfect way to start your evening and an absolute favourite (of mine) in here is their Espresso martini, I don’t know how they do it but they are just sooooo tasty! Perfect end to an evening if you have just stuffed your face with one of their pizzas!

Opening Hours
Sunday & Monday 9am - 4pm
Tuesday - Saturday 9am - 11pm

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All things Italian
Saltburn has a wonderful, family run Italian restaurant bang in the centre of the town - Alessis! They have all kinds of scrumptious pizzas and pastas for all the family! They also do an exceptional (although not Italian) Chicken Paremsan! That’s right! The legendary Parmo is available at Allessis! We can definitely recommend!

The whole team at the restaurant are so welcoming and super friendly, you can’t help wanting to visit again and again! Definitely our number one spot for a taste of Italy!

Opening Hours
Monday - Saturday 4pm - 10pm
Sunday 4pm - 9pm
You can catch Happy hour on Monday - Friday from 4pm - 7pm and on Saturday from 4pm - 6:30pm!

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Whether you are staying at Burnsyde or not, Saltburn is definitely worth a visit just for these super duper places! 

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All the Befores and All the Afters!

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All the Befores and All the Afters!

IT'S TIME!!!!!

Tomorrow our first guests arrive! For one whole week they will get to stay in the bungalow on the bank and enjoy what we have been working on for four months!

We wanted to remind everyone just where it started so here goes, the before, during and after images of each room....

The Hallway..
The hallway looked quite dark when we began, although there were features we loved about the space we had to strip everything out to start again. The result, a bright white welcoming space!

The Living Room
We found this space a bit of a challenge due to its shape and not wanting to make one end of the room feel separate to another. The staircase was moved into this room from one of the bedrooms and we managed to arrange our new furniture to keep the room 'as one'.

The Kitchen
A transformation indeed. From the blue and green pattern with glass details to an open plan room with an archway allowing bundles of light in!
This is one of our favourite parts of the property!

The Bathroom
From fitted bath to roll top and radiator to towel rail! This room was a shell just a number of weeks ago! After a long walk on the beach relax with a glass of wine in this calming space. 

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The Bedrooms
All that was left were floor boards and bare brick! Now - natural coloured spaces with simple furniture. Suitable for adults and little ones alike.

The Loft Space
We have opened this space right up and added a little en-suite into the mix.
Now you can shut the door and enjoy some peace and quiet while the sun shines in!

The Sunroom
The perfect place to watch the world go by and get lost in the waves crashing against the cliff!
Sit back and relax with your morning coffee, with a view like no other!

And Voila!!! That's it! 

The blue bungalow is no longer blue...We really hope you like what we have done to the place!

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A little bit of everything

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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....

Derek The Dog

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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A bit of TLC for the Fireplace

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A bit of TLC for the Fireplace

So we are heading towards the end of January and in 1 month the beach House should (WILL) be 100% complete - interiors and everything- Ready to hire!

We have had lots of interest in the Beach House since the last post went live showing our rates and answering a few questions. We had worried people wouldn't want to enquire until they could see lots of images inside the property but we were obviously worrying a little too much, we have had some really great feedback about the property already and look forward to welcoming all our guests!

The flooring is finished in the living room, hallway, downstairs bedrooms, bathroom, en-suite and dining area! It has really brought a lovely flow to the property and in  a week or so the remainder will be complete and we will be able to start thinking about getting the van packed up and delivering the furniture.

Something exciting (for me) this week was the update of the fireplace. When we purchased the property the fireplace surround was left behind, the previous owners were split on their opinion of it. John asked us one day "you won't be keeping that thing in will you"? He was very surprised to hear the answer was yes - I just Love it!
It needed a bit of TLC but I could definitely see it's potential!

SS managed to fill in lots of the cracks for us, sand it down and ensure the shape was back to how it should be!

We made the decision that we would paint the fireplace the same colour as the wall, not sure everyone had confidence in how this would look but we are very happy with the outcome...

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These two images look like completely different rooms with the colours in these pics - they are definitely the same room and the wall is definitely grey (not blue).

The hearth that the fireplace was sitting on has also seen a bit of TLC. It has been re-tiled and painted to bring it up to date, and for it to fit in with our colour scheme a little better. This room is really coming together now!

I have lots of bits and pieces planned to go on top of the fireplace, I can't wait to get in there and start making the place feel all homely and lovely!
Not long to go!

37 Days and the Beach House will be open for guests! eeeeeekkkkkk...

 

 

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Open for Business

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Open for Business

**Exciting Announcement**

BURNSYDE BEACH HOUSE WILL BE AVAILABLE TO HIRE FROM MARCH 1ST 2017!

So this week we finally got round to updating our website and releasing our rates and exclusive offers. We have had lots of people emailing to find out more about the property; how many people can stay, will there be parking, how many nights can people stay, are dogs welcome....the list goes on!
We love hearing from people that have been following our journey through the re-development and all these questions are helping us to build on the information we are already sharing.

So you can now see on our rates page how much a little getaway to Burnsyde will cost, and for the month of March we are doing an introductory offer of £120 a night! A total steal if you are coming as a group!

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You can also find out answers to a number of questions on the rates page, but I thought we would answer a few of the questions you have sent in right here....

Is there a minimum stay?
Yes, we ask that there is a minimum of two nights stay with each booking.

Are dogs allowed and is there a charge?
Well behaved dogs are more than welcome (maximum two per booking), we just ask that they do not go upstairs in the property and they are kept off the furniture as much as possible.
There is a charge of £40 per booking if you are bringing your pups along.

How many bedrooms are there and what’s their occupancy?
We have three bedrooms in the property, there is one double and one twin bedroom on the ground floor and one double bedroom with en-suite upstairs in the loft bedroom. Each bedroom sleeps a maximum of two people.

When can we see pictures of the property finished?
In terms of the actual renovations the property is due to be complete by the 31st January , we will then be working on the interiors, furniture, soft furnishings etc. If all goes to plan we hope to share images of inside the property by the 10th February. We will of course keep you updated on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

I am from the local area and would love to look round, is that possible without booking a stay?
We will be holding an open house day towards the end of February which is when we will invite people to come along and take a look round the property. The invite will be on our Facebook page so make sure you follow us on there so you don’t miss it!

How do I book a stay?
For the moment we are taking bookings via email info@burnsydebeachhouse.com
Once we confirm your dates we will take a deposit of £100 and the remaining balance should be paid 4 weeks in advance of your reservation date. If your booking is less than 4 weeks away we ask that you pay the full cost at the time of booking. 
In the coming weeks will be adding a booking system to our website and that way you can book directly through the website. We will also be featured on Airbnb and Booking.com.

Bit of a boring one for you today but hopefully all helpful information!

 

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Back to Work

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Back to Work

Friday night and after a short week back at work to ease me in after the holidays I am ready to SLEEP! Work may have been quiet this week but I feel like I am sleepy all the time, and the bags under my eyes are gross too! Must be my recent diet of 'all you can eat' including copious amounts of chocolate.

So this week saw lots of activity in the bungalow. The Kitchen was developed a little further with the island being fitted and the tiling has begun. My sister mentioned to me that she didn’t even realise the tiling was missing from the kitchen, I kind of feel the same, but maybe that’s because I would have been more than happy to have a non-tiled kitchen – totally impractical I know.

Kitchen Details
Kitchen Island

The staircase was being completed this week with the spindles and hand rail being fitted. We had chosen a stain for the wood and the guys made a start on it for us....we then saw a picture and began to wonder if we had chosen the wrong colour - total staircase drama! We will wait to see it in the flesh in a couple of weeks before we make any further decisions in this department! 

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Next up for us are blinds, beds and all that in between. We won't be heading back to the bungalow until the 14th January, by this time the place will be just a couple of weeks from completion (all being well) so interiors need to be at the front of my mind from here on in (as if I haven't thought about them enough already).

A MUST for me on the 14th is visiting the new Lillian Daph Store in Saltburn, I need to take a look at all of their artisan goodies! The store opened a few months ago and I have popped in a couple of times, always such a warm welcome and the place smells delightful which is always a bonus! And if not something for Burnsyde, maybe my own home!

Next up for the bungalow is a whole load of bathroom tiling and time to get the sun room in tip top shape!

Week 12 - bring it on!

 

 

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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!

Blown Away

Blown Away

So it's the 28th December, Christmas is over and we are back in Glasgow. I am sitting here with Dale looking over some more plans and admiring all the interiors and colour palettes in my new books (courtesy of Dale and my big brother) Thanks Boys!!

This Christmas was better than I could have imagined, not necessarily because of the gifts I was bought (although I have obviously been a very good girl this year as Santa was extremely kind to me) but because of Burnsyde. Dale and I were completely blown away at how hard SS and the team have worked! The place looks unbelievble!!

We travelled down on Friday but waited until Saturday morning to visit the bungalow, we were so far beyond excited to see it but we waited patiently until the next morning so we could see it in daylight. As we drove down the S bank we had huge smiles on our faces, the little blue bungalow was now completely white with grey details and it looked stunning, so fresh. There was no more tired blue exerior, it had been given a new lease of life - we couldnt wait to get inside.

We always use the sunroom door at the back of the house as the porch is being used as a little storage area while the work is ongoing. The archway was complete and it was the perfect welcome into the kitchen and dining area - I honestly cannot believe we contemplated putting glass doors in here!

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Huntcliffe

The kitchen looked amazing, the light shone in and as we stepped back into the room we turned and took a look at the view - It was just stunning!! The view of Huntcliff always looks amazing but today it brought a tear to my eye. I couldn't believe we were here, the place was ours and we could see for ourselves all the decisions we had made were falling perfectly into place.

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We headed down the hallway which was painted and had the lights fitted, it was a million miles from what it had been but it was exactly how we wanted it to be.

Welcoming Hallway

As we entered the living room the radio was playing and the bright Saltburn sun was flooding in the windws. The colours looked beautiful, the staircase felt like it had always been there, we were so worried it would make the room feel much smaller but that really wasn't the case, it was just wonderful! This space suddenly felt like it was becoming just how it should be, a bright room with a warmth that would feel cosy and welcoming.

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We were eager to get upstairs and see how it had developed from our last visit. We knew the bathroom walls were in, the place had been painted and the guys had started fitting the bathroom suite. Even though we knew all this I dont think we were ready for what we saw!

The stairs entered the room at the end now rather than the middle due to their re-location downstairs, the walls were pristine and white, the bathroom section made the room look more complete and the original wooden beams gave real character. It just looked fabulous! A very happy moment was shared as we looked round up here! Below you can see the before and after pics...pretty special huh?  

Loft Space Before
Loft Space After

SS had done us proud, he had worked so hard with the team to get the place to this point and we were completely overwhelmed with the progress and the quality of the work! The bungalow was slowly becoming a home again. It seems crazy to think that in a month or so we will be inviting guests to come and take a look round this place in the hope that they love it as much as we do and encourage their friends and family, near or far to come and stay!