Monday, 17 March 2014

We got the keys

Hmm.. third attempt at this now. I'm trying to use Mars Edit for my posts (which i've done in the past) but it doesn't seem to be playing along today. Anyway, we bought a house. We started looking for a house in January of 2012. We finally got an offer accepted on a 3 bed semi in Bray in October 2013. We got the keys on Friday 14th March 2014. It needs a bit of work and a lot of TLC. When we first started looking for a house I wanted something that needed nothing more than a bit of cosmetic work. I certainly didn't want a house that required a builder to create a decent driveway, make a chimney stable, staple the concrete wall and demolish (and hopefully rebuild if money allows) a dodgy extension. But hey, this is Ireland and we got out bid on a number of time before finally becoming the couple that did the outbidding. It's a 1935 semi with a south facing back garden and it has the original front door and doors inside. We'd like to keep all of those though we'll need to do some form of draft proofing on the front door. The inside doors have all been stripped down so hopefully a nice lick of paint will restore them to former elegance.. that and some more appropriate door handles.

Back of House

The wooden decking out the back is apparently on it's way out. Suggested as much by the surveyor and Dave's brother Raymond (he'll be our DIY instructor :) ) it's not going to last much longer. Pity as on the priority list it's not at the top. The garden needs a bit of work but again that will have to wait. But at least it's not a jungle yet and we should be able to prevent it getting that far. It's a good garden for dogs!

As far as the kitchen goes the vendors took everything bar the sink and cupboard doors and carcasses... oh and they left the extractor fan too (but took oven/hob). However, yesterday we found a dishwasher (no the house is not big but it's an integrated dishwasher and we just missed it. Boy does it smell but so long as it works then it's one less appliance to buy!

Speaking of appliances, we were looking at a Bosch gas hob yesterday... €399 in Power City. The same one is only 249 sterling up in Newry. Another Irish rip off!

Our fireplace is possibly original... I don't like the colours of the tiles on it but hopefully we can replace those in-situ... in the future.


The house itself got the seal of approval from Dave's niece Cliodhna on Sunday so all is good with the world :)

First Visit

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Aoife! It looks great already, and very impressive work on the shed - seriously with just a pen knife and a pair of gloves - you're officially brave to have even started. Look forward to catching up. Sinead xx