Renovation tour - a 1960s cottage gets a fabulous modern refurb

We absolutely love following the journey of this week's renovation tour - @insideourcatriddencottage. They have transformed a completely rundown cottage into something really special, and the beautiful rural countryside setting makes it even more idyllic.

Doing lots of DIY themselves with the help of their incredible family, this Instagram account is such a good one to follow for the reality of a renovation project, with bags of personality and humour along the way. 

Thanks to Dave for taking the time to share with us his renovation, and check out the Instagram feed for some amazing before and during photos too!


Can you tell us about your home and renovation project?

We have spent 8 months renovating a large 3 bed cottage which is in a remote location of Northumberland. The cottage was built in the early 1960’s and had been left in a poor state by the previous owner. She has 40 cats, 100 chickens, 50 geese and was feeding 72 rats in the loft. The property stood empty for approx 12 months before it could be advertised at auction due to the hazardous conditions.


The cottage before the renovation


The exterior of the cottage after the renovation


What was the most challenging part of the renovation?

The most challenging aspect of the renovation was the unknown. We had to dig up the concrete floors, take down ceilings & re build new walls. We weren’t sure what problems we would face when doing so - there were a lot!

We adore the lighting in the kitchen


How long did the work take and did you live in it during the renovation?

The work in total took us 8 months (it’s still not finished) and there is no way we could possibly have lived in it at that time. We have had a full new structure including roof and drains - not habitable at all during that time!

Simple and modern welcoming entrance hall


Where is your favourite place in your home now?

Our living space is typical modern open planned living - I'd say this is our favourite room. There are two large windows facing landscape and open fields to the front, with bi-folding doors which lead to woodland at the back! We have been lucky enough to watch a family of deer come onto our land (even during daylight!).

The open plan living space


What is your biggest piece of advice for somebody about to start a renovation project?

My main piece of advice would be; keep a book and write everything down, use it a bit like a ‘dear diary’.. but also make sure you get written quotation off workmen before entering an agreement - and don’t let them change the agreed plans!

Master bathroom with beautiful freestanding bath


What do friends and family say about your home?

Family, friends, work colleagues and neighbours all comment on our renovation and what we have achieved in a small space of time! Our parents are often pleased when we book a holiday as they know they will be house / dog sitting :)


The master bedroom with stunning beams

Published: January 7, 2020


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