Cherry Oak Manor

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

House Exterior



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