Cherry Oak Manor

Welcome to my blog – Sharing my journey of making our house into our dream home.

House Exterior


Rear Garden Decking

August 2019

Patio options- We have always fancied having either external porcelain tiles or a resin bound patio. We had decking in our previous house and found it became slippery when it was wet.

I have spent months costing up so many different options and we just cannot afford what we want so instead of waiting any longer we have bitten the bullet and are going to install decking.

Last night I ordered 720 metres of decking. 360 metres of timber plus thousands of screws and a few rolls of weed control fabric.

Big house means big patio which means big bills! This is something we sort of considered when we did our extension but didn’t really realise how much more money it would be.
I am not sure yet when my husband will have time to start the work but I will add step by step guides for you when he does.

Front Garden Bodge Job

June 2019

I was so fed up of walking sand and mud into the house and with limited money and a busy husband I decided to take matters into my own hands.

I needed to tidy up the front and had to do it on a budget. I found some slate chippings online at a good price from Stone Warehouse £90.00 a bag and they offered next day delivery ( I am so impatient and hate waiting for things) Click here to read what and how i did this area for less than £300


Rattan Planters

May 2019

I was very lucky to be gifted a 5 price rattan plant pot set from O W O Living. I am over the moon but wish I had a nice new patio to put them on.

The planters are in various sizes and are a great feature piece. I have popped some pink plants from Homebase in them for instant colour.

The planters come in 2 sections so you have the outside rattan part and the inside plastic section. I am assuming they are made this way so you can take the internal planter out and pop the rattan away for the winter if you wanted to.

What I was really surprised about was the fact it has a plastic screw in the bottom so you can remove this for drainage. All other plant pots I have ever purchased I have had to steal my hubby’s drill and make my own holes. I am so impressed by this little feature.
The planters at the time of writing this are only £76.99 for the set of 5 which I think is a perfect price.

They are available in black or brown. O W O Living have also given me a discount co9de to share with you cherry10 for 10% off all purchases. Click here to shop


Garden Update

May 2018

Garden progress or should I so lack of progress.

Having largish gardens is great but the bigger the garden the larger the cost to transform it.

I so desperately want the patios done. We are planning a 60 Square metre rear patio, a 25 square metre front patio, plus I would like a nice patio in front of the shed. Plus there is the cost of extending and replacing the driveway.

No Matter what options I have looked at it is all going to cost in the region of £30’000 so it looks like it is not likely to happen at all once. Oh well winter isn’t far away lol



September 2017

We took a long time to decide how we were finishing the outside of the house. We have finally decided to stick with our original plan of having render.

I contacted lots of different rendering companies before choosing one to go with. I didn’t realise how many different types of render, colours and textures there are to choose from.

We chose a brilliant white K Rend, the team at DS Plastering have done a fantastic job. Nice group of guys who had to battle with the weather. The render is applied in a few layers and has to be scraped off to give a smoother finish.

We have only had the front and sides done as we have not yet had the windows and doors manufactured for the rear of the original house. We will have to get them back to do the rear when these have been made and installed.

Now the rendering is complete I have finally been able to say good bye to the scaffolding, well until the rear is done. Its lovely coming home and not having to battle through the scaffolding with shopping.

I am so pleased with the finished result and the white render goes so well with the oak windows and our dark grey door.


Extension up & Water Tight

We project managed our own build and had a mix of local tradesmen and our own friends to do the works. Hubby is very hands on so he could help with alot of the works. I was left with the tasks of sourcing & ordering materials, keeping a close eye on the ever decreasing budget and booking in different trades at the correct time within the project.

Moving in day - in need of some serious tlc

When we viewed the house it was damp, had no real kitchen and needed a large amount of work internally. The lady who lived in the house before had bought the house from new and stayed their until she passed away in her nineties. Lucikly the electrics had been fully rewired although there was only one single plug socket in each room.

We instantly knew it was the house for us, we wanted something we could extend and turn into our dream home. The house had 3 large bedrooms, a reasonable size seperate living and dining room, very small bathroom and kitchen area.

Before we had even unloaded the van my husband was ripping out what was the kitchen and was installing a temporary kitchen. Click here to see kitchen before and after pics