Our New Room

Renovations ~ An Island Family By Grace

In my post 1 Year of An Island Family By Grace, I talked about the progress on our new room, which had been the dining room before we bought the house, but turned out to have a dry rot infested roof and walls. Thankfully in Autumn last year, I was able to announce that now we had a roof on that part of our house, and I am now happy to say that our new room is finished!

Other than putting pictures up on the walls, and my husband fitting the wood burning stove we have bought, everything in our new living room is completed. The room we have been using as our living room/ dining room homeschooling room will now be our dining room (and still incorporate home education!), which makes more sense anyway, as it is off the kitchen.

Renovations at An Island Family By Grace

How our living room originally looked from outside.

Finished renovations - An Island Family By Grace

How the outside of our new room looks now!


Our New Room - An Island Family By Grace

Our New Room - An Island Family By Grace

The fireplace will have another slate flagstone on the floor in front, once the cement has dried, and the wood burning stove will be inset.

Renovations - An Island Family By Grace

This window had been bricked up in the past, and now that the roof is all fixed, we opened it back up. It makes the room much lighter!

It is great to have the extra space, and to have more than a two-seater couch for our family of six to relax on! Not having to shuffle around the table in the dining room is a huge blessing. We also now have loft space above the living room, which has meant we have been able to store away bags and boxes that have lurked on top of wardrobes and bookcases for the 15 months since we moved in!

Next on my husband’s to do list is the replacement of the rest of our roof. It is not full of dry rot as the first section was, but began leaking big time in December, and has had a tarpaulin nailed down to it since then. We have had excellent dry and warm weather for the last week, and this summer looks to be a lot better than last year’s, so he hopes to begin work on the roof during June, and be finished before the end of summer, in time for the arrival of our new baby!

‘Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.’  Lamentations 3:22-23

We have had a huge amount of work to do on the house since we moved in, and a lot more than we expected from the home report survey, however we have been blessed time and time again by God’s faithfulness in providing resources, health and generous friends who have pitched in to get the job done! I am also so thankful for my husband’s DIY abilities and dogged determination to get it all done!

Are you currently working on or finishing off any renovations? Or do you have work that is waiting to be done? Please comment and let me know!

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16 Comments on “Our New Room

  1. Wow – that looks so good. And being able to relocate the piano must have made a big difference in the other room. Enjoy your space!

    • Thanks Sandra! Yes, the dining room has so much less in it now, and ‘feels’ so much nicer. You’ll have to come back and stay again sometime to test it out 🙂

  2. Your new rooms looks great! I love your house, it has such a cozy cottage look that is not common here in TX. We have mostly “ranch” style homes although with so many people relocating here there are many more two story homes being built.
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    • Thanks Alisha! I can understand why people would want to relocate to Texas for the climate! Thanks for your comment 🙂

  3. Your new room looks very comfortable. I’m sure that you will particularly appreciate the extra space once the baby arrives.

  4. It looks so light and airy. My husband is also handy,its so nice! I am so glad you have some extra space. That’s great that your home school space is connected to your dining area. We have a super small space right now but are hoping to add on soon!

    • Thanks Rebekah! Actually, the home school space is the dining area! We have all our books etc on big shelves in our hall. Yes, it’s great having a handy husband, isn’t it?! Thanks for commenting 🙂

    • Thank you Claire! I can’t take any credit for it myself, but my husband and our son have done lots of hard work!

    • Thank you Edye! Yes, it is a lovely room, and thankfully we’ve had lots of sunshine recently to stream through the windows 🙂

    • Thanks Catherine. Yes, we have been decluttering this week, which has been good, but there is still a lot waiting to find ‘a home’! Thanks for your comment 🙂

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