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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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Sneak Peek - Interiors Alert!

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Sneak Peek - Interiors Alert!

The fun has begun!
Interiors have been unleashed! After another busy week for the team and a huge helping hand from Di (Dale's mum) the bungalow was ready to have some furniture put in place.

When we left the beach house last week the van had been unloaded but that was basically it. This weekend it was time to start organising. Although it feels like we haven't stopped buying furniture and interiors for quite some time there is still lots of little details that need adding to make the place complete!

There are some major pieces missing like the dining table and bench, bathroom unit and coffee table. These are all being made bespoke and due to Dale and I being rather particular (fussy in the minds of the makers) they have taken slightly longer than expected. We are certain they will be more than worth the wait though!

We are going to give you a first look of inside the Beach House but please remember....It is not yet finished and this is not even half of it....

So you can see where we started, here is a little recap...

AND now.......

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Although we are biased we definitely think we have a beautiful little place here. That said, we would love to hear what you think of the new layout, design and style! Please leave us a comment or drop us a message or email! All feedback is welcomed.......except that we need some curtains...we know that! They are in the making!

 

 

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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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A Splash Of Colour

A Splash Of Colour

This week has been a hectic one for us in Glasgow. We have had family staying, which of course we love but with a 95 year old, a one year old and a 10 week old puppy it was rather full on at times. My mum and sister massively helped with Derek whilst we were working and we managed to have a couple of afternoons and evenings together which is always lovely.

Alongside the family staying Dale and I were busy finalising colours for the interiors. When we first started we decided the whole place would be white and we would bring textures and colours in through the soft furnishings. This of course has since changed and this week we have spent a few hours staring at colour charts and mood boards and buying colour test pots.

We want to keep the colours inside quite soft and cosy but still make the place look bright and fresh. We decided we would keep the kitchen, dining, hallway, bathroom and upstairs white but in the downstairs bedroom we have gone for 'almost oyster'. It is an off white, definitely not magnolia but has a lovely warmth to it.
The living room took a little longer to decide on. We both wanted a colour and we were set on grey but finding the right shades was a lenghty task. After much deliberation and a few trips to the shops we decided on the colours for the living room - two different shades of grey.

Colour Palette

As we are not at the bungalow to see the paint go on we just have to be confident in our decisions and look forward to seeing the colours once they are in place. Fingers crossed the discussion of 'grey' has worked out well.

 


 

A Smoother Surface

A Smoother Surface

So here we are, heading towards the end of November (time is flying) and each day brings new questions which triggers more ideas which makes our interior decisions even more challenging.

This week we have spent our evenings looking at wall tiles, bathroom suites and flooring, who knew there was so much choice? Each time we think we have decided, we find something else. We had a lot of design boards lying about the house!

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Moodboard

Although we have decorated our own home a complete renovation is not something we have completed as a team. Dale has a property portfolio and is often refurbishing houses but for me – this was a first and a
holiday home renovation was a first for both of us!

Our roles for the project were decided before we began – Dale was to deal with purchase of the house, the legalities and the planning permissions, we would both work on the layouts and fixed fittings within the property and I would deal with décor and interiors. It all seems to be going to plan so far, I do of course ask ten times a day “what do you think of this colour, how about this light fitting, do you think we should tile here?”!

This week the bungalow has really moved on. Now the stripping is over its time to build the surfaces back up to create a smooth shell to work with. The plasterers have been working hard all week to get individual rooms complete. Certain rooms are going to take a little longer due to us moving the position of the staircase from one room to another and awaiting planning permission but the pics we received this week got us very excited.

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PropertyDevelopment

If you have passed the bungalow recently you will see there has been a change in the colour of the outside (goodbye blue). We have freshened the place up with a few coats of bright white and painted the brickwork details. Years ago the brickwork was painted in a contrasting colour to the rest of the building and we absolutely love how it looked (obviously we have only seen pictures). We know we will never manage to have the bungalow back to what it was but we are happy to do what we can to highlight little details that have been lost over the years. 

Due to the location of the property we felt a lot of pressure choosing the external colours. We would hate for people to think we had ruined the look of the bungalow or gone too bold with our options. After much discussion and many tester pots of paint we decided on Abbey Grey and we really do love it!

Burnsyde Beach House
Burnsyde Beach House