Welcome to our Edwardian House Renovation! We are Scott and Mark living with our three cats Oliver, Ruby and Rose in the top few rooms of this house while the rest of it is being extended and restored. We are originally from Australia but have lived in the UK for four years. We recently moved from Liverpool to Leicester and decided that moving cities and having Mark start a new job wouldn’t be enough stress so we had to add a house renovation to the mix just to make it that more interesting. I am writing this blog to share our adventure with you but also to keep a record for myself of the house’s transformation.
The house, originally called ‘Mostyn’, was built in 1905. It was designed by the architect William Henry Simpson in the Arts and Crafts English Domestic Revival style. We are fortunate that so many of the house’s original features are still intact – cornices and architraves, terrazzo and quarry tile floors, two staircases, servants quarters, servant bells, leadlight windows, even the original coal store and larder! There have been no changes to the layout in 110 years. All we need is an original kitchen range and a copper for the scullery and we could rent it out as a film set! However, this also means original lead water pipes, a leaking roof, collapsing ceilings, an Edwardian cistern we need to build over, old electrics and plumbing. We also need a new kitchen and utility, two new bathrooms and a complete refurbishment inside and out – all on a limited budget!
Thanks for joining us.