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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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80 Days Down!

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80 Days Down!

80 days in and the Beach House is coming along just lovely!

We headed back to the north east this weekend to help out with tidying the place ready for the next round of work! The guys are keeping the place pretty tidy anyway, lots of paint pots and accessories lined up together. We were just having a hoover round and wiping down the newly fitted tiles, attempting to keep the dust away (hard task). It is all becoming very real that we will have a holiday rental up and running very soon!

The weather wasn’t great this weekend and we arrived the day after the high tides hit Saltburn, the pictures from this were amazing but it’s sad to see the damage caused.
We took a walk down to the beach and along to the valley gardens with little Dezza, there was lots of mess around but the council were working hard to get rid of it all! Once we got the pup home we headed to Burnsyde to see where we were up to.

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The guys have been super busy and as always SS has the team all in order to keep pushing this week. Both bathrooms and the kitchen now have their tiles in, the staircase is complete (with a stain that we like), skirting boards are being fitted and door frames are being put on.

Tiles & Tea

When I think about all the work that has been done it is crazy. There really was no stone left unturned when stripping this place back. The bungalow is a completely different place to what it was and each time we visit we are reminded of how hard everyone has worked to get it to this point.

The family bathroom looks amazing, it used to be a very blue and dark room with a fitted bath and gloomy looking shower, now the place is bright and airy, a room you would want to relax in. The Roll top bath is in and with a couple of candles and a glass of wine I think it would make the perfect place to unwind after a day at the beach or a walk along the Cleveland way – I was tempted to try it out there and then!

The picture definitely doesn't do the bathroom justice - and this is before we cleaned it!

Another big change for us to see this week was the floor! We have chosen to have a laminate throughout downstairs and there are a couple of areas that have been started.....and one room finished!! Choosing a wood flooring is a difficult task, every single panel looks a completely different colour each time you blink! We spent a rather large number of hours to get this right! Hopefully you will agree we have chosen for the right colour - Light Oak.

Living Room Floor

So this week is week 12 and it's going to be a busy one for the full team, nothing they can't handle though I am sure. 

And for me and Dale this week will consist of us (me) spending lot's of time searching for the final soft furnishings, I am unsure if there any websites I have not yet looked on, my browsing history would make me look like I have an addiction. Dale will be busy setting up booking platforms and secure payment methods.

Busy Busy!

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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!