Our former London home
We lived in North London in a double-fronted late Victorian house which was renovated completely in 2012 and which we sold in August of 2014. Our entire street had similar houses built between the 1890’s and 1905. Interestingly, our house was the Victorian developer’s own house while he was building the rest of the street. There is one family still on the street whose grandfather bought their house straight from the developer. Sadly, the developer must have gotten carried away selling off bits of his land because we have the smallest garden on the entire street :-(
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First, the entrance hall which had doors leading to the living areas and stairs leading up to the bedrooms. Next up, the most used room in the house, the kitchen, and the room least used for its intended purpose, the dining room. Finishing off the bottom floor, the primary living areas.
Upstairs, we had the master suite. The children’s bedrooms were on the same floor as the master bedroom. We also had the ancillary rooms such as the utility room and landing. The brand new 3rd floor was created from the former attic space.
And, outside, our little English garden.
Our current London home
Our current London house is a work in progress. We affectionately call it Casa del Dumpo because it is such a wreck and needs so much work. It is a 1930’s detached mock tudor house in North London on a street of similar 1930’s semi-detached houses. Casa del Dumpo was in such a state that the council actually gave permission for it to be razed to the ground.
We are lucky that the house is detached because we will have a bit more leeway in rebuilding it. Originally about 2000 square feet, the new structure will be approximately double in size. In addition, we will finally have a large garden (by London standards).
Join me on the journey as we tear down Casa del Dumpo and build a modern home in its place! Work started on the house in September 2014 and we expect it to continue for at least 18 months. I’ve done whole house refurbishments before but this experience will be the first time that I have undertaken a new build. Exciting!!
Our American home
We spend our summers at our house in New England in the USA.