About the Ugly House:
The Ugly House has 2 purposes:
1) To share The Ugly House story with you in The Blog and hopefully amuse, encourage and inspire
My blog is sharing the ‘expertise’ I gained from going through a building, renovation and makeover process once! Not the ‘gloss and bollocks’ expertise you get elsewhere – but the truth – the ugly truth! And believe me… if you are about to embark on a building, renovation or makeover project, you need it! My hope is that by sharing the good, the bad and the ugly, you will avoid the bad and the ugly in your own beautiful home renovation projects! It’s all in the blog!
2) To share and sell the beautiful things that fill the Ugly House with you in The Ugly House shop
The Ugly House is now beautiful and my mission is to fill it with beautiful, sparkly and quirky decor and home-ware! You will find beautiful gifts and home accessories in the Ugly House shop. There is nothing in The Ugly House shop that isn’t in The Ugly House. They are in The Ugly House because they make it more interesting and beautiful… The sparkle to add to any home improvement you are mad enough to embark upon! …or find the perfect gift for someone you know with an Ugly House that needs some beautifying!
The Ugly House started off very Ugly! We purchased the 1950’s home in December 2013. It hadn’t seen any TLC since around 1980. It took 9 months. Longer (2 years) if you include the planning and preparation and aftermath. Nine months of highs and lows. 9 months of development and growth. It was a long hard labour. Unlike pregnancy, the labour itself has lasted 9 months and I have given birth to a monster! Like all mothers finally getting to see their baby, the euphoria of completion has almost eradicated the memory of the hideous process I have been through to transform The Ugly House into a beautiful home. Thankfully I took photos of the bloody gory mess along the way so that even rose coloured spectacles, flushing toilets and heating wont let me forget that it was beyond grim.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing. It’s always illuminating. With hindsight I could have made the whole build much easier and less mentally disturbing. Still, at least my windows get cleaned on a daily basis as I rock gently back and forth and lick them. I’m hoping by recording all my gems, insights and hindsights I can save anyone thinking of embarking on a building project for the first time some pain and money. I can also re-read it should I ever consider doing this to another house.
I admit, having done something once (or a hundred times) doesn’t make anyone an expert. Professional people get really pissed off with you when you give them some expert advice and tell them how to do their job on the basis that you had a go at it once and had a modicum (great word!) of success. Equally, I get really pissed off when ‘professional trades’ spout like an eternal font of knowledge when you do a bit of simple DIY like it’s rocket science:
‘Oh, you don’t wanna do it like that… You wanna do it like this’.
‘Oh ok. Thank you Fat Bastard Plumber! I’ll remember that next time I turn a tap on!’
That all said, I’ve decided, having gone through a renovation and building process it makes me an expert, able to impart my expertise and wisdom on to those who need it in my blog. Not the ‘gloss and bollocks’ expertise you get elsewhere – but the truth – the ugly truth! And believe me… if you are about to embark on a building, renovation or DIY project, you need it! My hope is that by sharing the good, the bad and the ugly, you will avoid the bad and the ugly in your own beautiful home renovation projects! Its all in the blog!
Having finished the build I have had the most amazing time filling the house and transforming it on the inside. I want to share special little things that make a house, even an Ugly one, a home. In my blog and in the shop I will be sharing the lovely little things that brighten up my home. You’ll find stuff i the shop that you will not find on the high street: Quirky; Designer exclusive; one off’s; hand crafted. Perfect to buy for gifts but be warned – if you buy – you’ll want to keep!
Transforming The Ugly House on the outside from this:
More in the blog on ‘the inside’!