We live in a 18th century house called "Shambles" that we have been renovating for the last 4 years. Part of the problems with old houses are, they can be damp and cold (we have dry walled the house using Thermo board which has tackled both of these problems), They can be dark ( we have used light reflecting paints, mirrors and light furnishings. we have also replaced the floorboards with reclaimed redwood stripped pine lapboards). Everything we have done to the house has been in harmony with Conservation area in which we live, and is also Eco friendly.
The Kitchen. The house over the years has been extended and part of that extension has been a flat roof room in the garden. It is 17 and a half foot long and 9 foot wide and we have debated long and hard with what to do with it. It came to me a couple of months ago that it would make an ideal galley Kitchen. Our original kitchen was quite large 16 by 12, but somehow did not quite sit right, and could be used for better purposes. The last of the Kitchen fitters moved out yesterday and the new Kitchen is MINE at last. It may not be big but it is beautiful and both the large windows and the patio doors have a garden outlook to inspire me
The last of the remaining renovation work is to have a slate pitched roof put on the flat roofed extension (Kitchen) and renovate what was the old kitchen, which is so full of holes that I am, as we speak, (metaphorically) am plaster boarding now (horrid job). Hopefully in a month or so it will all be finished and I can put my feet up.