Hello and welcome to our home!
We’re Christine and Jan and yes, we live in the Little House On The Corner.
Who we are.
Jan is a bit of a geek. He’s responsible for trying to keep this site running and does most of the coding and blog maintenance around here. He also does most of the demolition work and yucky jobs at our Little House On The Corner. He’s a bit of a power tool addict. He breaks out in a cold sweat whenever Christine says “I’ve had an idea” and often has to implement her mad plans.
He’s great at staying calm under pressure, but is not exactly the best when it comes to doing anything that requires accuracy. He loves to travel, enjoys diving and is much better at DIY than he gives himself credit for. If he’s not blogging here, you can find him reading Game of Thrones, doing something sporty or trying to talk Christine out of starting yet another project.
Christine is responsible for most of the planning and craftiness around here. Being organised makes her happy. She can always see what she wants the room to look like when finished, but rarely never has the budget to do it all in on go. She believes that a true home evolves over time, but would like everything done now!
She loves photography (although her skills could do with improving), making things pretty and usually has an irresistible urge to personalise things. She’s a bit of a neat freak and would love her own library (that she could spend days organising and re-organising). If she’s not blogging here, you can find her watching House of Cards, painting something or bossing Jan around.
Together we’re the dynamic duo of DIY. We think that any job worth doing, is worth doing well. We believe that you don’t have to have a massive bank balance to create a home you love. We’re not perfect… (psst. don’t tell anyone). We love a perfectly organised, clean and tidy home – it just usually isn’t ours! Keep an open mind, its all a work in progress around here!
After years of living in tiny city centre apartments, we finally bought our first house in a wonderful suburb of Manchester (England) in June 2010.
It took us over a year of searching, but the moment we entered our dilapidated house, we knew we’d found “the one”. Looking past the dodgy decor, the garden that was completely covered in tarmac and trying to ignore the smell, it was love at first sight. So much so, that Christine put in an offer AND had it accepted before Jan had even seen the house. Luckily he loved it, too and we’ve been happily renovating and restoring our 100 year old home ever since.
When we moved in, it was in a complete state of disrepair, with mouldy walls and windows, a very damp cellar, pee-soaked carpet, scary electrics and pretty much no heating. With each project we complete, we’re slowly restoring our house back to its former glory.
We sometimes feel like we’ve not accomplished much, but looking back through some of our posts and before & after pictures, it makes us realise that we’ve already come a long way!
Why not check out our House Tour for our most current before & after pictures!
We started this blog back in 2012 – exactly two years after first getting the keys to our home. It’s a place to keep track of our renovation progress and a way to share our share our stories, adventures and photos with friends and family who live dotted all around the world.
Here you can find us chatting about restoring our 100 year old house, tackling DIY and craft projects and sharing a few disasters and triumphs along the way. Just be warned, we don’t hold back here! This is real life, uncensored, nitty-gritty DIY with a few pretty pictures thrown in for good measure.
Here are some of our favourite posts and transformations so far!
Our hallway is one of our favourite spaces in our home. It’s part of the reason we fell in love the house and we knew that it could be fab. It’s still not finished, but it’s definitely looking a bit different than when we first moved in.
This is what it looked like..
and here’s what it looks like now!
We’ve also been busy improving our outside space.
We’re slowly removing tonnes of the asphalt that our garden was almost completely covered in, we built our own slatted garden fence and we even replaced the garage roof ourselves! We still have a lot more to do, but it’s already looking much better than before.
We’ve shared so many projects over the last few years and if you want to find out more of what we’ve been up to you can see all of our full archives here or take a tour and see what our home currently looks like here.
It’s an amazing feeling to stand back and be able to say “We built that!” and we hope that we can inspire you to take on some of your own DIY projects – it’s easier than you think!
Thank you for stopping by and we hope you stick around and join us in a few more home improvement adventures!
Want to get in touch?
We hope that you enjoy your virtual tour of our home and we’d love to hear your thoughts, stories, questions and advice. It really makes our day to hear from you, so please feel free to leave a comment or drop us a line and we’ll reply as soon as we can!
We hope you come back to our Little House On The Corner to check out all the fun and see how our projects are progressing!
Christine & Jan xoxo