We had imagined that after the wedding things would calm down a bit and we’d have a relaxing summer ahead of our autumn honeymoon.  The plan was to use our spare time to crack on with the top bedrooms so that we could move upstairs before our two year anniversary in the house (end of Oct).  However, things haven’t quite gone to plan as we returned from a weekend away to discover the basement was flooded…

We’d had such a great weekend with some friends and on more than one occasion I had commented on how nice it was to be having time off from the house.  The sun was out, we were in good company and the food and drink was delicious.  Unfortunately, all was forgotten as we parked up and saw our neighbours running towards us.  They explained that their basement was flooded with sewage and as soon as we opened our front door we realised we had a similar problem.  Luckily (if that is the right word) we managed to get home just in time to save 99% of our belongings by moving them up to the ground floor.

The flood was coming through the wall from next door and had just started entering the bedrooms as we got there.  Our neighbours basement has not been converted but they use one of the rooms as a study and they had been down there when they heard the water start to gush through – had they not been home to deal with it immediately it could have been a lot worse.  The issue for us was that it had destroyed the only part of the house we could sleep in and the ground floor was now piled high with everything we owned so we had to move out and go and stay with family.

The water company has now taken responsibility for the crack but it is a complete mess down there.  It been professionally cleaned, we’ve had the plaster board ripped off to a metre high and the bathroom units and tiles have all been taken down as the polluted water had got behind it all.

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We currently have huge industrial dehumidifies down there and polythene sheets have been installed to dry everything out as quickly as possible: IMG_3972 IMG_3971

To top it all off I have had shingles so it has definitely been a fun few weeks.  We moved home last weekend and have been camping between all of our things for the past few days but we’ve been making good progress upstairs…


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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