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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!

Dining Room

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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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!

A New Addition

A New Addition

So today is Monday, it is 7:25am and I am on the kitchen floor with a cup of tea. Not my usual positioning at this time of day (or any) but today we wake up with a little puppy in our care. I have taken the day off work to spend some time with him and get him settled.

We collected Derek from his breeder mummy yesterday and brought him back to Glasgow to show him his new home. The journey was a lot smoother than we expected, Derek slept for the majority of the journey and when Dale and I needed a toilet break Derek just lay in the foot-well like a little angel puppy. 

Derek the Dog
Derek the Dog

It was a bit of a rushed day yesterday, we were at Burnsyde looking at the developments from the past couple of weeks. The whole place was looking great! There was so much ‘less mess’ which helped to keep us focused on what we were there to see. It was the first time I had seen the new colours on the outside

We worked round the property room by room. The kitchen and dining area were looking great, the wooden framework from between the kitchen and sunroom had been removed a couple of weeks ago and we were creating an arch in its place, as the rest of the room was a blank canvas this really stood out. We had been used to seeing it with ladders, tool bags and rubbish strewn all over the place. The view from here looked particularly beautiful today! The hallway was completely bare and we had changed the layout of a couple of doorways so it was nice to see the hallway in the format our guest would see it when they arrived at Burnsyde.

Next up was the bathroom, there were a number of questions that needed answering to move forward in here. We managed to decide on a final layout for the whole room (this was something that had been causing major headaches) finalised lighting and fan positions and measured up one more time so we could order the bathroom suite, we did already order a bath but it arrived and looked like it was from an episode of the borrowers.

The living room was boarded out and the plasterers were due to start in here next. We had made all the decisions we could for this room previously. We are waiting to have the building regulations signed off so we can move the staircase into this room, until this point it is difficult to move forward at any kind of speed, we just have a big hole in the ceiling waiting to be filled.

Plastering

The third bedroom of the bungalow is upstairs. As the other two bedrooms were already well on their way with plastering we were happy to just take a peek at these and move on. Upstairs is a lovely space with one window looking out across the pier and one out to Huntcliff.

The view from the loft

We have re-arranged this room so we can fit an en-suite bathroom up here. This wasn't always the plan but once we had cleared the bungalow of all furniture and rubbish, stripped back the walls and planned to move the staircase there was so much more space so it felt like the most logical thing to do (and much more practical for guests).

We spent some time discussing the bathroom layout, additional storage space, types of wall coverings and possible door types. There was an electrician and two joiners up here, the noise levels were getting higher and higher and we were getting closer to our pick up time for the pup. I genuinely felt like it was one of theose days where there were not enough hours in it.

The next time we visit Burnsyde will be in three weeks when we are home for Christmas...I actually cannot wait!!

 

 

 

Surprises and Celebrations

Surprises and Celebrations

Turns out our journey on Sunday wasn’t going to be direct to Saltburn....

There was a surprise for me on the way, and a very lovely surprise it was too. Dale had organised an evening at Rockliffe Hotel & Spa in Darlington for us both! After a busy weekend of entertaining and celebrating I couldn’t actually think of anything I would rather do than have time for just Dale and I. Quality time together is something we definitely don’t get enough of!

Rockliffe Hall Darlington

Dale had booked an evening at the restaurant at Rockliffe but as we arrived a little later than planned we headed to our room and ordered room service instead. As it was my birthday the hotel had popped a couple of bottles of Prosecco for us in our room, so with this and a club sandwich in bed I was set for the night. I had such a good nights sleep, part slight hangover from the last three days drinking, part exhaustion from life and part because the beds at this place are delightful.

Prosecco and Relaxation

The morning (today was my actual birthday) consisted of a delicious breakfast in their Oangery and heading down to the spa for a few hours of relaxation. The spa was just lovely! We didn't manage to book in time for a treatment but the pool, outside hot tube, sauna, ice room and relaxation pools were more than enough for us to just completely chill out before the week ahead. 

As we packed up to leave I found myself thinking about how lucky I was to have such great people in my life. My work friends had already made a real fuss of me for my 30th, the girls and guys had taken the trip from London to celebrate with me and Dale had planned Rockliffe without me knowing anything about it. Little did I know my day was about to be even more special...Dale had two more things planned!

Next Stop - Guisborough. To see Derek, one final time before his collection date.
So Derek is our little Sproodle and we had only met him once - the day we chose him. Dale had organised for us to see him one more time before we would be taking him home as our very own little puppy - this was something I just didn't think we had time to do with everything else going on in the next few weeks....there were tears of joy! He was adorable and fluffy and a total dream! It made me even more excited for December 3rd!

Derek the Dog

We then headed to our final destination - Saltburn! First stop was my parents.
There was Balloons, cards and presents all laid out for my arrival, again I was spoilt! It's always a lovely feeling being back at my parents house, the place I grew up, a place full of memories!

Now was time for the final plan - surprise birthday celebrations with my family, Dales family and some very close friends. It's not often we get both families together so I was more than grateful for Dales mum to be hosting in her home.

The evening was full of prosecco, delicious food and lots of laughter, it really was just perfect. I had been dreading turning thirty for weeks but between Dale, our families and our wonderful friends I had the most amazing birthday and could not be more thankful for the people I have in my life and the love they show me.

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Welcome to the Burnsyde Beach House Blog!

We are Dale and Rachel and our little squiggly mate is Derek, Derek the Dog!

2016 has been a pretty special year for us, we have made happy memories in our current hometown Lenzie, watched a wonderful little boy called James grow through the first year of his life, helped the Smiths (Dales family) settle into their new home in Saltburn, celebrated a BIG birthday and finally......we bought Burnsyde. The beautiful blue bungalow on the bank in Saltburn - the town we call "home, home".

Saltburn by the sea

For those of you who haven't already heard we are turning this stunning little place into a holiday home, a three bedroom bungalow with views you could never tire of looking at.

Burnsyde Beach house

Wish us luck as the fun begins!