Old and the New

I thought about our wonderful home and how happy we are living in it. A 1950’s brick home that we completely renovated right back to the skeleton of the building. It took a lot of planning and hope.
Here is the original lounge room on the inserted photo. Facing the other way from my photo of the lounge today. We took out the hall and made it part of the lounge.
Three good things:
1. You can’t see the big television screen here from where I took this photo but its a great addition.
2. Life is good from wake-up to sleep. We are not ‘lucky’ but just deserving of the hard work we put in.
3. Although there was beautiful rimu flooring here throughout the house, we wanted carpet and vinyl - mainly for reduction of sound. And softness underfoot!
Very warm relaxing ambiance. Enjoy every day.
posted July 15th, 2018  
It looks very warm, welcoming and inviting:)
posted July 15th, 2018  
lovely to have the open space. Well done on achieving results that you are enjoying.
posted July 15th, 2018  
Your renovation is wonderful. I know you and your husband are proud that your design works and is comfortable!
posted July 15th, 2018  
Looks so inviting and cozy! :)
posted July 15th, 2018  
Looks very nice
posted July 15th, 2018  
it's beautiful, cozy and welcoming.
posted July 15th, 2018  
Looks wonderful!
posted July 15th, 2018  
Lovely and cosy
posted July 16th, 2018  
Lovely
posted July 16th, 2018  
Beautiful & spacious, no wonder you are so happy with the result...all the hard work paid off.
posted July 16th, 2018  
An inviting space with comfortable seating :). My house is a brick home built in 1951. Full finished basement, garage attached, solid oak hardwoods throughout, lots of windows. I've lived in this house for about 26 years. I remodeled the kitchen, bath, added ceiling molding for character (floor molding is original). It's been a low-maintenance home which is good as one gets older. #2 Indeed...I've worked since age 14 and was employed at the Port of Seattle for 31 years until I retired 11 years ago.
posted July 16th, 2018  
@seattlite Houses built in that era are very well built and have stood the test of time. Sounds as if you have your home the way you want it too! At the beginning of our marriage we had cardboard boxes for tables!
posted July 16th, 2018  
Your home looks so comfortable and inviting! Thank you for sharing it with us. It would be lovely to sit there and spend an afternoon with you! A definite pay off for all your hard work.
posted July 16th, 2018  
@grammyn Its particularly nice in the winter with the log fire going and the curtains pulled. We like the lamps on for that cosy look, Katy!
posted July 16th, 2018  
@maggiemae I noticed the fireplace and thought how soothing it must be with your cold temperatures right now
posted July 16th, 2018  
@grammyn We had to pull out the old built in fireplace and replace with a modern log burner! Toasty warm!
posted July 16th, 2018  
It looks really cosy and welcoming. You must be as warm as toast in winter with the wood burner giving off a lovely glow.
posted July 16th, 2018  
@onewing Sometimes we get too hot and have to open several doors! Our house is so well insulated!
posted July 16th, 2018  
A lovely looking area to relax - and it looks so different without conventional sized doorways.
posted July 16th, 2018  
How nice is that.all the hard work worth it.looks inviting,relaxing and wonderful house to live
posted July 16th, 2018  
So cosy and welcoming Maggie , a place to truly relax and enjoy !
posted July 16th, 2018  
I like the open floor plan...no need for a long hallway. Plenty of seating too. Glad you are happy and it fulfills your needs! I, too, think the older homes were built better. Enjoy!
posted July 16th, 2018  
@brennieb Thanks for your nice comment, Brennie - we appreciate it every day, winter, spring, summer and autumn!
posted July 16th, 2018  
@beryl The door is open for any 365 who wants to come this far, Beryl!
posted July 16th, 2018  
so inviting and warm. great place to relax and call home
posted July 16th, 2018  
All that natural light too
posted July 16th, 2018  
I sat in that chair on the left & drank some of your whisky or was it Gin? I can vouch for your lovely house, I particulatly liked your kitchen & dining end. You will be at your cosiest now with the fire lit, your curtains drawn & I too love lights giving a glow all year round. You are right to say you deserve it, it takes lots of work & being careful with money to get where we are today!
posted July 16th, 2018  
It looks so cosy and inviting Maggiemae.
posted July 16th, 2018  
Very inviting!
posted July 16th, 2018  
lovely shot of your lovely home.
posted July 17th, 2018  
@daisymiller thanks Daisy - we are so pleased to see this room every day! The rest of the house is pretty good too, quite small.
posted July 17th, 2018  
unmistakably New Zealand home. Home home sweet home.
posted July 17th, 2018  
Wonderful.
posted July 17th, 2018  
How nice and clean- with a comfy and welcoming feel!
posted July 19th, 2018  
Lovely size room. Having renovated three homes I understand the hard work involved xx
posted July 23rd, 2018  
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