What a Difference a Year Makes

It has been exactly one year today since we arrived at our little piece of heaven in Bulgaria so I thought I’d do a quick before and after blog to show everything we have done (and still to do)

front
Before
After
After

We had the place rewired completely, new windows and doors installed and the roof checked over and repairs made (we didn’t do  any of this ourselves).

Lounge

We gutted the lounge ceiling to floor and rendered the walls – this still needs sanding and painting and the floor still needs tiling but it made it at least useable over the winter months …

Before
Before
Before
Before

 

 

 

 

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lounge
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Shower Room (again not us)

Paul basically rebuilt this little room for us while we installed the septic tank system ( a lot of digging)…

5. shower room

shower
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Kitchen

Again this was gutted, rendered, painted, and the fireplace opened up, new oven put in and it did us through winter but we have a stone floor to put down and units to build still (and I’m still using the outside sink)…

Before
Before
kitchen
After

 

 

 

 

 

Upstairs

Gutted floor to ceiling again – new floor frames, new floorboards, new render, opened up new doorways, installed central heating, installed a new bathroom and built a new wardrobe – still work to be done up here but it was and is perfectly liveable while we do other things…

After
Bathroom wardrobe After
Bathroom before
Bathroom before

 

 

 

 

Outside

Rebuild the barn wall – knocked down pens, cleared garden, removed concrete posts, built a dog pen…you name it…

Barn after
Barn after
Barn before
Barn before

 

 

 

 

This probably only covers about a 5th of what we have really done but it gives you a flavour of the changes we have made and maybe you can start to understand why we call this home 🙂

One year down, many more to go…

JD x

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2 thoughts on “What a Difference a Year Makes”

  1. I have just found your blog and loved reading about your new life in Bulgaria. What you have achieved in just one year is amazing! I’m looking forward to reading all your news during the summer months!

    1. Hi Julie – that’s great, I’m glad you found us…I send out an update once a month so next one due anytime now 🙂 Thanks for the feedback! Jane

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