Welcome to the Forever Farmhouse, a wee blog about our adventures doing up our 1850’s farmhouse in Scotland. The house has been in my husband’s family for a few generations, and we are aiming to restore it to its former glory, reinstating the traditional features that were so commonly removed in the 1950’s and 1960’s. The garden also needs a bit of TLC, so we’ll be sharing our progress there too, though the house is our main priority just now. We moved into the house in December 2015, and so far have done what feels like a lot of little odd jobs without much obvious progress!
First on our list of jobs was to put in a new kitchen, which I’ll be sharing soon. There are a few wee niggles with it which need sorted, like altering the old floor tiles to suit the new cupboard layout, and adding blinds, but on the most part it’s looking great. We’ve also put in a traditional style bathroom to replace the 1950’s yellow, blue and black number that was there previously. Again, there are a few wee things to finish in the bathroom like adding a skirting board and touching up the woodwork paint.
The house consists of a downstairs entered via a “back porch”, which we have created a utility room in, into the large kitchen with office off to the side. The kitchen leads to the hall with dining room, living room and family bathroom all leading off the hall (as well as a front porch and the front door leading to the garden) . The concrete sweeping staircase takes you up to the five bedrooms (one en-suite added in the 1990’s) and a windowless room currently used as a store cupboard by my in-laws. So that’s it in a nutshell. Do join me as I share the ups and downs of farming family life combined with our attempts at DIY and the bigger jobs required to rennovate the farmhouse.