Follow the highs & lows (& dramas) as we stumble our way through our first DIY old house renovation renovating an old timber house from 1800s in Northern Sweden

Beginner DIY tools

This renovation has been a long learning curve to say the least and part of the learning has been learning new DIY tools and how to use them. When we started this renovation nearly 1 year ago I didn’t even…

Inspiration: outdoor gym ideas

Outdoor home gym
We are an active family with 3 high energy kids and 2 parents would love to train without being "gym rats". We also love to be outside so one of the many things we want to build outside is an outdoor gym! In this post I've collected some of my favourite outdoor gym ideas to share.

Project: how to install insulation

How to install insulation in walls & floors
We might be first DIYers working on our first ever old house renovation so writing a "how to install insulation" post might seem like it's best for a professional experienced builder to write. However, this renovation has been a hard, sometimes brutal and fast learning curve, with plenty of trial & error so we've learnt a lot in a very short space of time.

May 2021: Old house renovation update

Old house renovation: moving out
Spring has finally arrived here in Northern Sweden despite a very chilly April and as always a lot has been happening with our old house renovation project and in life in general so here's our May 2021 renovation update.

Project: building a DIY floor hatch

Building a floor hatch
As I mentioned in a previous post we've had questions marks over the ground moisture in the back corner room so to be able to keep an eye on what's happening at ground level I recently installed a floor hatch to help us monitor the ground underneath, here's how I did it.

Photos: The “Summerhouse” pre-renovation

Here’s a selection of photos of the house pre-renovation so you can see what we’re up against!! When we bought the house we started to call it “The Summerhouse” and it’s stuck, even once we live in the house year…

Hello renovation world!

You can't start a blog without a good ol' introduction so here's our "Hello (renovation) world!" introduction post.

So let me tell you a bit about this blog & the renovation as a whole!!