One of the changes I’m particularly looking forward to with our house renovation is our new study space. Our current study is a strange shape and not big enough for more than one person to use at the same time. The new study will be in the area of the house we’ve been using as storage area as we can’t use the loft while we have the lift. The children are very excited about the current study becoming their playroom.
My husband and father-in-law have been demolishing walls (including the children’s mural) and building new ones in different places. Now we have space for a study, utility room and shower room instead of two bedrooms and a small toilet. Maybe it is strange to replace three rooms with three rooms, but the new rooms are different sizes and better suited to what we want. It is not easy to see the difference in the picture below, but behind the walls are differences are:
- the shower room is wider than the toilet so the wall has been moved to the left
- the lilac wall inside the top left room has been removed to create the study space
- the door in the middle used to be a bedroom that ran behind the lilac wall, this will be a utility room filling in the gap between the shower room and study
I helped demolishing walls and had to adopt a creative approach to protecting my hair from falling plaster and dust. As we are planning to do a lot more work on the house, maybe it is time I invest in some proper work clothes, such as the ladies range at Engelbert Strauss. However, as I want to be able to cover my long hair it maybe better to get a proper head scarf and try some new styles of tying it.
Of course, this has been a good opportunity for my husband and father in law to use lots of tools. In fact, they had to hire a grinder to remove the adhesive that held the old carpet and lino.
Having walls is a huge step forward, but there are still a number of steps before we start using the rooms, including:
- removing electrics from the emergency lighting and fire system
- clearing the room of “stuff”
- plastering the walls and ceilings
- installing ceiling lights
- tiling the shower and utility room
- laying carpet in the study
- buying furniture – the only definites, at the moment, are lots of shelving and a sofa bed.
Do you have a study? What would you change about it? What is your dream study like? How would you decorate and furnish it?
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post, but all words are my own.