The basement has quickly become the hub of the home and we’ve been spending loads of time down there.  There is still a fair bit of touching up to do on some of the paint work and the bathroom is not 100% finished but we’re really enjoying the space.

I don’t think we have had the dividing doors shut at all and the big space feels really warm and cosy thanks to the new floor and fire.  It’s funny to think that it was just a dirty concrete floor for most of the year and we didn’t come down here at all…or that it was once our bedroom!

We’re now starting to turn our attention to the furniture we want.  It turns out that buying a sofa is pretty stressful!  We’d spent hours researching designs and costs online and then spent a fun(!) day driving around to all the different shops.  The quality of the material and the way they were built was really extreme and unfortunately very few of the ones we had seen lived up to our expectations.  We’re going to be sitting on it every day so want something that is going to last.

In the end we decided on one from BoConcept.  The unique little designs to keep the cushions in place and the quality of the materials available really impressed us.  Most importantly it was really comfortable – even for The Husband and his extra long legs!  We were even lucky enough to find the one we wanted being listed on one of the store’s clearance sites which was a huge cost saving – those sort of things never normally happen to us!

We were really restricted on the size because of the wall that sticks out but it fits perfectly…all it needs now are some cushions:

IMG_5897The only glitch was getting it into place.  The back window was too small and the stairs were too tight so unfortunately the stair rail had to come  out:


Originally we had been looking at a small chair to go with the sofa but we’ve decided to wait and see how we use the space first before we buy anything as it will cut off that side of the room.

Attention has now moved to storage and The Husband has once again decided to make everything himself.  I’m not sure it will end up saving us any money due to all the paint and wood we’ve had to buy but at least we know it will fit perfectly.

We’ve not had a TV since the start of the summer and neither of us has really missed it as we’ve had the iPad and our laptops.  We also wanted to wait and see exactly where the new one would go rather than rush out and buy one that ended up not fitting the space.  On Friday, we made the most of the Black Friday deals to get a new one in time for Christmas and The Husband has been hard at work making a bespoke stand:

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An extra shelf has now been added and the soft close doors match the floor:




Work has also begun on a unit for The Husband’s office to match:

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We have lots of guests coming for Christmas so are on a mission to get as much done as possible so it looks more homely and less like a squat!


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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