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Some Big News and Upcoming Plans

The blocks we will use to put steps into the swimming pool

The main project last year was the conversion of the old part of the house into an apartment. It was a huge undertaking as we repurposed rooms and fitted both a kitchen and bathroom from scratch. By mid-summer last year it was complete enough for friends and family to come and stay and let us know […]


The kitchen in the apartment is ready!

The finished kitchen

For the past few months I’ve been living and working in British Columbia, Canada, and deeply neglecting my blog. My folks have been tirelessly slaving away working on the apartment and sending me photographs that have been building up in my e-mail inbox. Whoops! So what’s new? Well, the biggest news is that we finished the apartment […]


The kitchen is now half-finished!

Almost finished painting the kitchen

We’ve hit a great milestone with the new kitchen and the end is almost in sight! The last I wrote about it was that we had assembled the metal partition wall and had begun fixing the plasterboard to it. Since then, we’ve put up all the plasterboard, filled, smoothed, and painted over to create one smooth […]


The attic bedroom is finished!

The attic bedroom finished

We’ve had two projects running side by side over the past few weeks. One is the new kitchen and the other is redecorating the attic bedroom in the apartment. The attic bedroom has been relatively untouched since we bought the house but as part of the apartment project we are giving it a lick of […]


The latest update after a long, wet winter

Planting seeds

My parents arrived in Portugal a couple of weeks ago and have since been tidying up the house after a long and wet winter. It will take many weeks just before the house feels straight and homely again but we’re making great progress every day. So where are things at? Algae has grown on the […]


Projects 2015: Progress report on the Apartment

The apartment bedroom and lounge

For the past month we’ve been working every day on the apartment and we’ve made so much progress! The new stairs are in place, the bathroom is completed and the furniture has been slowly arriving. Actually, the only thing left to do is fit the kitchen. The first job was to have the stairs fitted. A huge […]