Three months ago we found out that we were expecting a baby; four months ago we bought our first house. Take a peak at what we’ve been up to…
In three months we:
- Moved house (with the help of some great friends, until mid-night!)
- Painted over 200sqm of walls and ceilings
- Fixed 15m of new skirting boards
- Replaced 5 light fittings
- Had 26sqm of new carpet laid
- Fitted 25sqm of laminate flooring
- Had a new en-suite bathroom installed
- Filled a hole in an outside wall (one of my favourite jobs)
- Removed a kitchen unit to install our dishwasher and did the plumbing (also fun)
- Made 10+ trips to Ikea (lots of meatballs enjoyed there)
The Geek’s Touch
I had to add my own touch to the house, so here are the highlights:
I wanted a big whiteboard in my home office to be creative on, but then I thought, why limit it to a board, why not use an entire wall? The folks over at IdeaPaint made this possible. I now have a 4sqm whiteboard to dump all of my ideas on to!
Some of my family live overseas and there are times when I am away with work. What better way to share the first months of our baby’s life with family then a webcam monitoring the cot? I chose the Y-Cam Black, an awesome IP camera (also supports WiFi) and InfraRed for night-time activity. I’ve fixed it to the wall with a cable connection to the network. All you need to do is forward a port on your home router and the Y-Cam does the rest. Password protected of course.
We just upgraded to Virgin 10MB broadband, so rather than lose more than half of it over at best poor WiFi, I decided to invest in Netgear’s 85MB PowerLine D-LAN solution. These handy little boxes plug into the mains and give you a decent wired network connection anywhere in the house. They also work across different ring mains and I have even got one in the garage for a future project.
The home office was my little project, and I put some time into it as I’m now going to be spending a considerable amount of time each day sat in there. I repainted all of the walls and made a nice feature wall using Dulux Intense Truffle Feature Wall paint. I fitted a new Ikea light and lots of Ikea Billy storage. We got given a very nice futon which you can see in the photo – currently in use to get some sleep in-between the baby waking up!
As mentioned before I have an awesome whiteboard wall and some subtle touches to give it a slick feel (e.g. the fancy low-profile black light switch).
All-in-all we’re very pleased with our new place, and grateful to everyone who helped us get it ready in time!