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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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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!

Huntcliffe

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.

Kitchen Design

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.

Living Room

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!

A Day of Mixed Emotions

A Day of Mixed Emotions

Saturday morning - 7:30am and the alarm is buzzing.

As Dale and I live in Glasgow we told ourselves we would need to spend as many hours as we possibly could at Burnsyde during our weekends at home. We are both from Saltburn but we moved to Bonnie Scotland three years ago and travel back and forth as often as we can. Some may call us crazy for taking on such a mighty project when we live 200 miles away but we are not people that shy away from a challenge……and we have an amazing project manager running things in our absence.

Throughout the day we had family and friends pop by to say “Hi” and to have a nosey around. It is the most amazing feeling to have support from our loved ones and we are super, super lucky that many of them were willing to roll up their sleeves and help this weekend.

Burnsyde Development

The wallpaper stripping continued throughout the house which revealed a dozen different colours, lots of patterned wallpaper and a whole load of mess. Although we had only been in there for a matter of hours we really felt like we were getting somewhere.

Work begins

The afternoon came round pretty fast, the garden was full of furniture (we were deciding what to keep and what to donate), the sun was shining and the house was looking ‘naked’. We had a visitor arrive, not just any old visitor though, it was John, the lovely gentleman we had just purchased the bungalow from.

As he wandered around each room with us he could clearly see we had been busy, he seemed surprised at how much we had managed to do in such a short space of time. I couldn’t help but feel a little sad, although I knew that what we were doing was the right thing and in our opinion it was for the better, I wondered if it was difficult for John to see the place he had called his Holiday Home for 24 years in a completely different state and effectively, in a bit of a mess?

He seemed a little relieved to be handing the keys over to us and as he walked away he wished us “the best of luck with everything”. I watched him walking over the bridge back to his car and wondered what he was thinking. Did he believe me and Dale would manage to turn this lovely little property into a place that people would travel far and wide to stay in? I would never know but I really hoped so.

Saltburn by the sea

Day 2 – Done!