The Cottage that Could

We found this neglected cottage perched on a low rise in the middle of the New Zealand countryside. We turned and walked away. It wasn't for us...six weeks later, we'd bought it and had moved in. Then the work began; now it's a cottage we love.
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Standing in the kitchen looking through what was the pantry. Now all that is left is the cupboard to the left. No longer a pantry...finding a happy life as a linen closet! Tight behind the oven is a sliding door recessed into the wall.

Standing in the kitchen looking through what was the pantry. Now all that is left is the cupboard to the left. No longer a pantry...finding a happy life as a linen closet! Tight behind the oven is a sliding door recessed into the wall.

A clean, tidy and dry finished hall leading to the kitchen. I'm standing in the bathroom looking down the hall.

A clean, tidy and dry finished hall leading to the kitchen. I'm standing in the bathroom looking down the hall.

solid with no squeaks!

solid with no squeaks!

This is the newly created pltform mad to meet the original cottage floor. The pantry was bashed threw, a new wall built for the 2nd double bedroom and newly installed internal stairs ready for the skirting boards, paint and carpet

This is the newly created pltform mad to meet the original cottage floor. The pantry was bashed threw, a new wall built for the 2nd double bedroom and newly installed internal stairs ready for the skirting boards, paint and carpet

This is a photo of the new laundry area now in a recess of the hall and there in front is the new wall and door to the, yes, new bathroom. Door to the right is the old bathroom now a single bedroom.

This is a photo of the new laundry area now in a recess of the hall and there in front is the new wall and door to the, yes, new bathroom. Door to the right is the old bathroom now a single bedroom.

The only way one could get to the tiolet, bathroom, laundry and second damp bedroom was to go out the back door on to the deck through a makeshift door, down make shift steps. This view is now the photo of the bath in the new bathroom shot.

The only way one could get to the tiolet, bathroom, laundry and second damp bedroom was to go out the back door on to the deck through a makeshift door, down make shift steps. This view is now the photo of the bath in the new bathroom shot.

The old toilet with damp concrete floor and something that was trying to be a door!! Bathroom door, or should I say curtain flapping in the breeze to the right!

The old toilet with damp concrete floor and something that was trying to be a door!! Bathroom door, or should I say curtain flapping in the breeze to the right!

The old bathroom floor was just damp concrete with loose vinyl put down...not pleasant.

The old bathroom floor was just damp concrete with loose vinyl put down...not pleasant.

Old bathroom. Sadly we sold the bath. It just wasn't going to work.

Old bathroom. Sadly we sold the bath. It just wasn't going to work.

The old bathroom is gutted. Insulation in walls and under floor as we speak!

The old bathroom is gutted. Insulation in walls and under floor as we speak!

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