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!!

First things first, this is us: Tom & Elin (opening the door to the “Summerhouse” for the first time, god how young & fresh we looked!!!) ->

We’re pretty ordinary people, parents to 3 awesome little people and in context of this blog newbie DIYer taking on the project of a lifetime!!!
Yes before this project we didn’t even own a screwdriver!!!

We are a Swedish (Elin), English (Tom) family who’ve hopped around a bit but now we’ve decided to put down roots (we think) in Northen Sweden where Elin is from. And now to the house & the renovation.

So while living in Gothenburg in southern Sweden a house we knew came up for sale near where Elin grew up, with house prices totally & utterly ridiculous in Gothenburg we thought we could buy the house “up north” as a summerhouse and at best keep renting an apartment in Gothenburg, best of both worlds we thought!


Yeh well when our third child (Emmott) arrived in July 2017 our 83m3 apartment in Gothenburg suddenly felt very small & we couldn’t really stop our longing for a house. So in 2018 we bought another lovely house “up north” (not far from our summerhouse) & swifty moved north. We thought that was us setup & done with houses but during the summer of 2019 when spent the whole summer at the “summerhouse” (despite no water or toilet) and quickly fell in love with being there, a decision was made!!

We’d sell our current house & renovate “The Summerhouse” (as it’s always been known as & probably always will be known as!)!

At the time we had no idea what we were letting ourselves in for but we let the idea grow and before long (mid 2020) we started to pull up floorboards & brainstorm ideas. It felt exciting & exhausting at the same time but once we told the kids about the plan & they loved it, there was no turning back!!!! The renovation was happening!!!

Fast forward to now, March 2021 and we’re in the final weeks of “phase 1” which is “move in downstairs” by April 30th, we still have no idea if we’ll do it but having sold our current home in November 2020 we kind of have no choice!!!

There have been so many highs, lows & dramas I can’t even list them all here and I’m not sure you’d believe me! Everything having to build a new road, asbesto, more rain than I thought humanly possible, friends, broken bones, diggers driving through the windows (my bad!), a court case (if I can even mention that) & a massive amount of learning on our first ever renovation!!

We wanted to start this blog to share the knowledge we’ve learnt and to have record of everything we’ve done since a lot of the work is already a massive blur!

So to wrap this intro up, this blog is about renovation, DIY, family life, eco-friendly building (byggnadsvård in Swedish, building conservation in English, perhaps?) and probably a bit more!!! It’ll be written in English with reference to Sweden & Swedish terms too.
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