One house, two sisters and a dog

Welcome to our blog!

We are two sisters and a dog who have bought an old listed house on the edge of The Cotswolds which is in desperate need of saving. A proper restoration project and a lifelong dream for us both.

We knew that the house had major structural issues when we bought it, (we very nearly didn’t get a mortgage), but we didn’t fully realise the knock on effect of these issues. The house has roof spread; the front wall has moved away from the rest of the house and the roof and floors are sagging as a result.

After over 3 years in the the planning, our house restoration can begin in earnest. Delayed by illness last year and Covid 19 this year, we are finally ploughing on and tackling the major works we need to do to make the house structurally sound and water tight.

In this blog we will update regularly over the next few months with progress, photos of before and after (we all love those) and anything interesting or scary that we find on the way…

“It’ll be lovely when it’s finished”

– Said by everyone that has ever seen it

How the house looked over 3 years ago before we bought it. You can see why we fell in love with it. It doesn’t look like that now…

The proposed plans. Phase 1 is everything on the right hand side of the house including the loft conversion, phase 2 is everything on the left including the kitchen extension and garage conversion (essentially). Click here to view a larger plan (PDF).

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  1. So lovely to see all these finishing touches – ‘epic’ is the word I would use!

  2. Fascinating to see it then and now. Well done ladies xx

  3. Wow, that’s great! And I love your idea to frame it! Also: Does that say “gin Beer”!? Surely not, but…

  4. I know right. Small claims court is my current thinking, definitely have a very good case for breach of contract,…

  5. Holy crap, this is STILL stuff that your first plumber fucked up!? Ugh. Do you have any recourse to get…