Home tours, DIY and interior design are always some of our most popular topics of discussion on Rock My Style. So when I recently moved from Birmingham to Cheltenham to embark on a renovation project with my girlfriend Lizzie I knew it would be worth documenting every stage of the transformation to share with you.

The project will include structural alteration, cosmetic renovation, redecoration and most likely a lot of blood, sweat and tears! As milestones are met I’ll be adding to this mini series and you’ll be able to keep tabs of everything related to The Cheltenham project by clicking on the tag below the author box at the foot of the post. You can do this for lots of topics discussed on Rock My Style.

This is the very first post and so I will take this opportunity to introduce you to the house.

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This Old House

Our end terrace, just 5 minutes walk from Cheltenham Spa town centre is old. Really old… built in the 1860s, I find it a little bit mind blowing to think that the house has stood through three separate centuries. When this house was built Queen Victoria was on the throne and horse and cart was the only way to get around the place, unless you were one of the posh kids on the waiting list for a new fangled penny farthing.

A Victorian terrace means small rooms, we have two reception rooms and two bedrooms, each of diminutive proportions but full of character with sash windows and fireplaces. Creating useable space without sacrificing too many original features is going to be a challenge and compromise is going to have to play a part.

The kitchen has been modernised and needs very little work and the front reception room and second bedroom also need little more than a lick of paint. This is great news because elsewhere in the house we are planning on knocking a wall down (to give an open plan feel to what will become the living room) re-plastering the hallways and stairs, upgrading the electrics and installing a brand new bathroom. It’s going to be dusty.

Thankfully we have some help at hand – we are working with a good builder who was personally recommended (so important), We’ve seen his work and are happy to let him take a sledge hammer to our home. That’s what I call trust!

We also got a guy in to give the outside space a lick of paint and brighten up the area, he’s done a great mural at the end of our road. Thanks Mr Banksy.


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{The Particulars}
  • Who: Adam & Lizzie
  • What: Victorian End Of Terrace
  • Where: Cheltenham
  • Style: modernisation project




The Next Steps…

So, watch this space for the next instalment of The Cheltenham Project! If you want to see a few spoilers you can search #thecheltenhamhouse for the very latest developments shared on instagram and I’ll be reporting progress again on these pages soon

Is anyone else currently working on their own renovation? Do you have any questions regarding your own project? What you would like to see covered or discussed in The Cheltenham Project? Do you have any of your own renovation stories and advice to share? Please do get in touch or better still leave a comment below.