A new project – Bellevue

It should be Project with a capital P.

The cons: it’s small, the street doesn’t look like ‘lovely old Edinburgh’, and, well, just look at it!

The pros: it’s about 4 minutes’ walk from the bottom of Broughton Street (for those of you who don’t know Edinburgh, Broughton Street is the hipster neighbourhood), the garden is very large for central Edinburgh, and I needed something to get my teeth into. I have a suspicion that street is about to change, and I’ve seen that once people paint over the pebbledash these houses can look quite charming.

Front of house: I figure I’ve already added a grand to the property by taking down the horrid vertical blinds!

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Mamie, the lady who lived here for the last 35 years (who died late last year) really really liked pink. Apparently she was fond of wearing bright pink track suits with a bright yellow coat, and she smoked about 100 cigarettes a day.Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 09.27.50 Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 09.28.00 Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 09.28.11 Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 09.28.23

Apparently Mamie hand-painted this ceiling herself, after not being satisfied with someone else’s handiwork.Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 09.28.33 Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 09.28.44 Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 09.28.53

The little cubby-hole at the back was Mamie’s husband’s den. He originally had a CB radio in here (huge mast still on the roof), but latterly had his computer.Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 09.29.12 Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 09.29.35 Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 09.29.47 Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 09.29.57 Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 09.30.21 Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 09.30.37 Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 09.30.49

Look closely, and you’ll notice the same Battenberg cake (yellow and pink checkerboard) pattern on the garden pavers. It’s been a long time since I worked as an architect, but I think this is called ‘holistic design.Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 09.31.07

The hedge is kind of cool, and I was thinking of keeping it… until I realised that it blocks the sun from most of the front of the garden in the morning and most of the back of the garden in the afternoon. D is ecstatic that he gets to do a bit of tree surgery.Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 09.31.23

Very jazzed about the greenhouse! Can’t wait to get some tomatoes going.Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 09.31.32 Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 09.31.41

My first thought was to dig out the basement, but D’s trusted contractor thinks it would be £70-£100K, which is definitely not worth it in this neighbourhood. My next idea was to put an addition onto the top of the kitchen addition, but apparently I won’t be able to get planning for that, so if I want to add space it will have to be to the side. My plan now is to get the existing house into shape first, and maybe build a studio and gym at the bottom of the garden, then think about a side extension next year. Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 09.31.55 Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 09.32.36

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