My Home in Portugal: The Empty Rooms

We have lots of empty rooms in the house. I’d say about 5 or 6. They’re the rooms that don’t have a purpose yet or in need of renovation. Let’s take a look:

This room is one day going to be our pantry. It’s the room to the right of the ‘Castle Room‘. My mum used to have a pantry when we lived in Lincolnshire in the late 1990s and she has never gotten over it. She is always buying enough food for a storm shelter or an apocalypse and unsurprisingly, she never has enough room to store it. Mum gets very upset with the lack of space in the current kitchen at the moment.

I think work will very likely start on this in early 2014. Mum and Dad would like to be a position where they can stay in Portugal over the Winter but at this time it isn’t practical. The house is made of granite, which is fantastic in the Summer as it keeps the house cool but in the Winter it is icy cold. Besides, beyond a fireplace here and there we have no viable heating system. Dad is looking into using the fireplace to heat our water and installing some kind of radiators instead of using the boiler but he has yet to settle on any concrete ideas (in Portugal electricity is more expensive than the UK).

One day this will be our kitchen, or at least that’s the plan! This room connects to the pantry. Through the wall behind me is The Castle Room and through a little passage on the right is the pantry again. The plumbing is already there! We’re going to knock through the wall behind me through to the Castle Room and extend the kitchen out. The door you can see here leads out to the side of the house.

Let’s take a look upstairs now.

This is a weird room. It’s directly above the wine press room. The weirdest thing about this room is that it is elevated. The entrance is 4ft off the ground and you need to go up steps to get into it, but the previous owner took the steps so you have to climb into it. We have no idea what we’re going to do with it as of yet… any suggestions? From a different perspective you can see what I mean:

Maybe we could use it for storage space? Just a thought!

‘The Yellow Room’

This is my favourite room in the house. It has been dubbed ‘The Yellow Room’ because we’re not sure what it’s purpose is going to be yet and it’s yellow. It used to be a kitchen. On the bottom left of this photo you can see a hole in the granite, that was where waste water was thrown out onto the street at the front of the house. It has no plumbing whatsoever so it cannot be a modern day kitchen without extensive work. We would like it to be a bedroom with ensuite but my parents are keen to get away from outside noises (they’re noisy people themselves!), so they prefer bedrooms to be at the back of the house. This is a photo taken from the other side of the room:

Can you see why we call it the yellow room now? :)

We refer to these two rooms as ‘The Tower’. It doesn’t take any stretch of the imagination to work out why. Just outside of the ‘Yellow Room’ is a set of stairs behind a sliding door that lead up to these two very small bedrooms. These two rooms really freak me out – I’m easily freaked out – and I’ll only go up there with a dog in tow. Unsurprisingly, it’s the highest and furtherest you can get to in the house, so if something happened… nobody would hear you scream. So when I was taking this photo and suddenly realised that Poppy had gotten bored and walked off, I had a little panic and ran for it.

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