The biggest / most exciting thing to have happened to the house recently is that we have taken down the dividing wall in the hallway.  I was keen to keep it up as long as possible as it protected us from the dust and cold but the electrician needed it to be moved.

So, we’ve gone from this:

IMG_2259 IMG_2258to this:

IMG_2269It is so much wider and lighter but was a very messy job!

IMG_2271We were excited to find the original banister but it’s not in a good state:

IMG_2270You’ll see that due to the position of the kitchen door we’ve not taken the stairs all the way back but we’ve decided that we’d rather keep that extra space in the kitchen.  We actually thought we were going to have to keep more of a dividing wall up but we’re really pleased with the results and the fact the stairs are open.  We’ll re-do the banister in due course but at the moment it will have to stay like it is.


About katerenovates

Hello and welcome to Kate Renovates - a blog about my attempts at renovation. The Husband and I have now been living in our house for four years and changes are being made slowly. It's an unloved Victorian townhouse that had been converted into two flats. Armed with a little bit of know-how and bags of enthusiasm, we have turned it back into one house and are transforming it into our home. Many of the original features remain but the flats had been rented out and so none of the rooms were in great shape. Luckily, it has a fully functioning kitchen and we recently finished the new bathroom and so things are getting more and more comfortable all the time. We're learning as we go and sharing our ups (and downs) on here as we try (fingers crossed) to bring the house back to life. I'd love to hear your thoughts on my blog or any tips you may have on our house project, so to contact me, please email
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