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Have you ever been let down by a tradesperson? Or did you receive a home improvement quote that was so much higher than you expected? Have you bought a home that needs more work than you thought it would but have no budget to do it?
Well, that’s exactly how our home improvement adventures and this blog started out!
We’d just bought our first home and spent way more money than we could afford to be in the area we most wanted to live in. It was the worst house on the best street and it needed some serious TLC!
With no budget to do the work, progress was slow. We initially paid tradespeople to do some of the home improvement work but often the results weren’t as we’d expected and left our bank balance looking miserable.
We quickly realised that we’d have to get stuck in ourselves to get results we’d be happy with (and could afford). With no previous DIY experience, tackling a full-on house renovation seemed daunting, to say the least!
We started with small projects and quickly realised that most home improvements are easier than expected. Over the years, we managed to achieve more than we’d ever thought possible!
Now, we’re on a mission to help you with your home improvement projects!
We’re Christine & Jan, aka. the dynamic duo of DIY, and we want to help you with your home improvement projects and help you create a home that you will love!
Here on the blog, we share everything we’ve learned, along with helpful guides on how to complete hundreds of small and large home improvement projects. Just be warned, we don’t hold back here!
This is real-life, uncensored, nitty-gritty DIY. It’s not always pretty, it’s not always clean and tidy, and it’s definitely not always Pinterest-worthy. It’s our home, and these are real-life DIY projects!
There’s always another DIY project just around the corner, and we’re sharing everything we learned so that you can create your dream home, too!
DIY is easier than you think. Promise!
Over the last 10 years of DIY, we’ve tackled everything from simple painting & decorating projects right through to much larger projects like sanding our original wooden floors & floorboards, building a slatted fence in the garden, restoring our Edwardian staircase and even replaced our garage roof ourselves!
In September 2016, we made the huge decision to sell our Edwardian house in Manchester (UK) and move onto a new home improvement project and started renovating an art deco apartment in the centre of Berlin (Germany)! Yep, we didn’t just move house, we moved country, too!
But it didn’t stop there! After a few fun years in Berlin, we decided to embark on yet another adventure and bought a house near Amsterdam in the Netherlands!
It’s by far our biggest project ever, and there is so much work to do that it makes our heads spin just thinking about it. There are countless home improvement projects ahead, and we’ll be sharing all of our DIY adventures right here on the blog!
So grab yourself a cup of tea (or a power tool), make yourself comfortable and join us on our journey!
Want to get in touch?
We’re always here to help, so please get in touch if you have any questions or you need any advice on your home improvement project! It really makes our day to hear from you, so please feel free to leave a comment or drop us a line at general[at]littlehouseonthecorner[dot]com, and we’ll reply as soon as we can!