Just over a year ago Henry and I bought our first home together in South Pembrokeshire. Since moving to Pembrokeshire almost 4 years ago and having the chance to explore the county I had my heart set on 2 locations, either around the area we have settled in or further west towards St. Davids.
By sheer luck I landed on our beautiful house during a late night scrolling through Rightmove. The next day we viewed the property, within a couple of days we put an offer in and 2 days after Christmas we landed our dream house. We feel very lucky to call this home, and I know we’re going to be very happy here for a very long time.
Now in all honesty the past year hasn’t taken us very far, with this being our forever home we’ve spent the last 12 months settling in, living in the house, learning where the light falls throughout the day and how we use the space. There has been a few changes here and there but I can’t say anything drastic has occurred, and it’s definitely still missing that cosy home feeling.
I had thought about waiting to share this post with you because there are a few things we are very close to finishing, but I want my diary to be honest. I am sharing with you real-time renovations. Our home is going to take a long time to really transform but that’s how I know it’s right.
So let’s have a look…
K I T C H E N
Sadly the kitchen has grown to be one of my least favourite rooms. The layout is cluttered, there are 10 billion unnecessary/unused cupboards and drawers, it gets very little light as it is north facing and always feels cold and unwelcoming. With that being said, the sunlight that streams through the far window in the summer evenings is something else.
I never realised how much time I would spend in here. I think that is why at the moment I resent it slightly but also I’m appreciative to know what works, what doesn’t, what I like and what I don’t like.
Despite already removing the overhang counter top, a few wall cupboards and peeling off all the plastic coverings from the doors, the kitchen is at a stand still. It’s a big project to tackle and I don’t want to completely renovate the space because I have grander plans down the line and want to save time and money for that, but a mini-reno will definitely have to take place at some point. I’m thinking paint the cupboards, maybe remove a few more if possible, add some open shelving and paint the tiles.
Off the side of the kitchen is also the utility room, a great sized space with lots of potential. We really want to add a shower and hidden stacked washer dyer to the utility to maximise space. I love a utility room and it is so handy to store random things, dump the washing, store coats/shoes etc and shut the door behind so you don’t have to see any of it.
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D I N I N G R O O M
Despite having no work done to it yet the dining room is actually one of my favourite rooms. I love the huge window which over looks the cottage gate, the field ahead and the sea, it gets amazing light all day and it always feels warm and inviting.
Depending on how we renovate the downstairs, in an ideal world, I would love to knock the walls down that separate the dining room, kitchen and utility and rearrange the layout to make it an open plan kitchen diner with a small utility included.
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L I V I N G R O O M
The next room you enter is the living room, a huge room and again one with lots of potential. We’ve already installed a log burner (which needs a few tweaks), but the main plan for in here is built in alcove unit, a log store, new flooring and a lot of faffing and styling because at the moment it’s stark.
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M A S T E R B E D R O O M
I love our bedroom. From each window the views are stunning and there is nothing more perfect than waking up to bird call and glistening blue seas, or even howling winds and crashing waves. I love the drama of the sea. The room is also south west facing so the sunshine streams in for most of the day. I have lots of plans for this room which should hopefully be starting later this year, including a DIY wardrobe (yikes) – watch this space to find out more.
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G U E S T B E D R O O M
Just like the master bedroom this is also lovely and bright and has equally incredible views. It doesn’t look like it but this is the one room that has actually seen the most work so far. As we’re new to whole DIY / up-cycling / renovating malarky we thought we’d tackle the smallest room first as a test run. It’s still a long way to go but the vision is all there.
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B A T H R O O M
The bathroom is such a great size and with the huge window (not a very authentic style) it gets so much light. I think Henry and I are most excited to renovate this room as we are very much in agreement and set on the style and vibe we want to create in here. Depending on pipework we might alter the layout slightly, we would love the bath under the window and a double vanity unit, but yeah big dreams for this room. Exciting!
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G A R D E N
Aside from the location and stunning views, the garden sold the house to me. I could instantly see Shep running loops around the garden, having a little vegetable patch, sitting with my morning tea and evening wine in the summer house, space for dining and bbq – it is just perfect. I think the garden has seen the most work in the last year and seeing this space transform gets me so excited for how the house can transform. With it being such a large garden it needed a lot of TLC and maintenance when we arrived to get it under control for the coming winter and following spring.
I still have lots of plans for the garden including extending the patio area around the summer house, remove a few more hedges (we have to be careful as we get very high winds and really bad weather in the winter so don’t won’t to expose ourselves to much), I’m in the process of creating a cottage garden at the front with my mum and I would love, further down the line, an outdoor kitchen!
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And that’s it, I hope you enjoyed seeing into our home and stick around for more updates and renovations to come!