So here we are. After eight years of living in a chaotic, tumbling down, decrepit but beautifully eclectic, character filled, period property, Mr M and I are finally doing it. All those hours, days and years of experience and design skills honed on other people’s properties will be tested to their limits as we try to create an amazing mix of old and new here in our own home, renovating and refurbishing the original part of the house whilst simultaneously demolishing then rebuilding a whole new section – the West Wing. Whilst living here!

Using innovative products and specification, bang on trend design, cool products and some unusual ideas, I’m going to try and honestly blog the process, pass on hints and tips, shares finds and have some fun along the way. I’d love you input, renovation can be a lonely process, so send in your comments and questions, tell me where you think I’m going wrong… and hopefully right!

See you on the other side 😉 x

#72 Vaulted Ceiling Anyone? HERE

#71 Si’s Top DIY Tips When Fixing Suspended Timber Floor HERE

#70 Floor Collapse Imminent HERE

#69 A Little Fireplace Hex Love HERE

#68 Installing A DIY Water Main HERE

#67 Taking It From The Top HERE

#66 A Touch of Porch Stripping HERE

#65 Replacing An Edwardian Oriel Window With A Contemporary Frame HERE

#64 Forming A Frame Around Brickwork Using Plasterboard HERE

#63 How To Expose Bare Brick In A Period Property HERE


#62 The Salvaged Wallpaper Sections HERE

#61 Specifying Exposed Brickwork – Where & Why HERE

#60 Contemporary Garage Door In A Period Property HERE

#59 How To Save Original Edwardian / Victorian Wallpaper HERE


#58 How to create an indoors Argentinian Asado HERE 

#57 Choosing and fitting my Superglass sound insulation rolls HERE

#56 The Express Bi-folding doors go in! HERE

#55 The finished dormers in Color Coat Urban Anthracite HERE


#54 All the niggly jobs just before the scaffold comes down! HERE

#53 The cladding goes on HERE

#52 How to choose the best cladding for your dormer HERE

#51 How to create a fabulous box brick wall HERE


#50 My tips for specifying & prepping timber windows HERE

#49 The one where it snows IN the house! HERE

#48 Choosing a garage door – practical AND gorgeous HERE

#47 Surprise visit by a previous owner! HERE 

2015-10-26_0012#46 A January round up : HERE 

#45 Leaks, roofing and a no cooking Christmas : HERE

#44 Making everywhere toasty with Kingspan insulation HERE 

#43 Linking the extension to the main house HERE

#42 Windows…plastic fantastic or terrific timber? HERE


#41 It’s the final Daddy Dormer time : HERE

#40 Tile treasure & creating a temporary Psycho bedroom : HERE

#39 Roof Yoga & finding some ‘me’ space : HERE


#38 Dyeing my mortar deep grey with Sika Cement Dye : HERE

#36 Strengthening roofing mortar with Chembond’s polypropylene fibres : HERE

#37 It looks like a house! HERE

#35 Ridges, Reclamation and Rubbin’ HERE

#34 A Rainy Mid-Way Panoramic HERE

#33 Disaster! Bog Off deal on Dormers anyone? HERE

#32 How to source and decide on reclaimed roof slates HERE


#31 Getting watertight with breathable membrane HERE

#30 Going potty for my chimney pots HERE

#29 Half way through the external build HERE

#28 The one where I need an operation half way through a massive refurb! HERE


#27 A workshop viewable from space! HERE

#26 Jumping Junipers, I’ve got a Jet Floor HERE

#25 Getting Builder Cat in as I need a renovation too HERE

#23 Inspired by an extraordinary brick wall HERE

#22 Chopping up the central core HERE

#21 Not just one but TWO knock throughs HERE


#20 Finding a gorgeous cast iron Scotia fireplace on my doorstep! HERE

#19 Specifying the perfect solid floor to solve high heating bills in a period property HERE

#18 : Old Kitchens, don’t scrap ’em, sell ’em HERE

#17 : Brickwork, Wonuts and Tony’s Got Talent HERE

#16 : The mystery of the disappearing drains  HERE


#15 : Digger Driving, not normally a job for pussy cats HERE

#14 : Concrete and Calamari, the perfect combo! HERE

#13 : Potential bad luck which we don’t need so I left this one out 😉

#12 : Builder Cat and the Big Boys Toys HERE

#11 : Cluedo Murder: Mr M in the Garden, with a Reclaimed Brick HERE

#10 Dirt, Dust & Dropping a Chimney HERE

#9 : Up on the Scaffolding in Onesies HERE


#8 : The Detailed House Layout Plans HERE

#7 : Bertha’s Builder Breakfast & Works Commence

#6 : Moregeous Mansions West Wing Revealed HERE

#5.5 : Fab Shipping Container Storage with Sally at Storebox HERE

#5 : Solving the Moregeous Mansions Layout Challenge

#4 : Starting to Create a Home in a Home HERE


#3 : Moregeous Mansions – The Original / Current Layout

#2 : Our Lovely but Battered Home – An External View HERE 

#1 : How I First Fell in Love with a Grubby, Rented Beauty HERE 


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