Tuesday, January 24, 2017

House Renovation: Part One - Living Room

For the longest time, I've wanted to renovate my house but something or the other always came up. The main concern obviously was finances. I am very fortunate to live in a big house, but with that comes the cost of everything going up exponentially. I stalled the renovation process for years till the house started to feel unliveable to me. 

The walls started chipping, seepages were apparent, the carpets worn out, the flooring nonexistent. Frankly, it was embarrassing hosting guests. (You'll understand in pictures below.)

Now keep in mind, the house is huge, so there was no way I could fix the whole house in one go. I decided to fix the rooms that were in most use - my bedroom, living room and kitchen. I'll blog about the bedroom and kitchen in another post.

My house was built in the 60's by my grandfather and subsequently passed on to me. This house has some of the greatest memories for me, so leaving it will never be an option. 

I was sitting with a good friend of mine, discussing how I want to renovate and have some spare cash lying in my account but I was hesitant to move forward as I had NO idea where I would have to begin. Especially considering, I don't speak the local language Urdu fluently, and that would be a huge obstacle in my way. The good friend that he is, took it upon himself to help me out. He said, "No, Fatima, you HAVE to renovate...I'll help you out!!" Boy, did he help out, he did everything and made what I envisioned come alive!




The whole room still isn't complete. I have to buy bits and pieces such as lamps and vases to make it more homey. I couldn't put everything together because I had to leave Pakistan.. but it's a process, eventually I will. I'll keep you guys posted. What was most important was to renovate, and I think it looks a million times better.

The whole process was time consuming because everything had to be repaired.. this wasn't just a case of refurbishment it was re-doing everything.

I hope you guys like this post.. let me know if you would like to see more house renovations in the future! 


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