Mini refurb thread

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Mini refurb thread

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:33 pm

I mentioned recently that we're buying a little second home and I thought I'd do a little thread on it's refurb. We haven't exchanged yet so hopefully I'm not jinxing anything. Also, this won't happen quickly - annoyingly it looks as if we won't take ownership till after I'm back to work again and with it being on an island, I can't just pop over for a few hours here and there.

It's a two bed flat in here:
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and from the back, it's the top windows, so the rear half of the top floor:
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Re: Mini refurb thread

Post by Greg66 @ Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:36 pm

<interested, despite thinking this would be about a car>

What refurb’ing are you in for with this?
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Re: Mini refurb thread

Post by Damien Thorn @ Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:37 pm

Excellent! Will read with growing impatience.
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Re: Mini refurb thread

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:46 pm

The good:

- There's enough offroad parking for the building (also see The bad).
- Location - walking distance to beach and marina. Plenty of coffee shops etc locally. 10 minutes from the ferry.
- I love the building, such character.
- Price, it was cheap!
- The view is lovely:
From (where) the pillow (will be):
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Standing on the balcony:
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The bad:
- Parking looks in demand but everyone assures me there's enough to go around. If there's not, then it's an issue as there are a lot of restrictions locally. It's not put us off but worried us a little.
- Some issues with leasehold that my blind solicitor will sort.
- It was let out for the last 10 years so grotty inside.
- The kitchen is tiny but OK as a purely second home. I think it would drive you crazy living with it:
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Photos make it look better than it is - it could do with replacing.

The bathroom is foul:
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Re: Mini refurb thread

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:49 pm

So it needs:

New bathroom,
New kitchen (also relocated slightly)
Ceilings all plastered
full redec
New carpet (and possibly some floor repairs)
+/- all of the badness that we come across.

Perhaps 'refurb' is a bit strong but it needs a lot of love and, as a small little place, we need to be careful on how we decorate and furnish it to make the most out of it. I'll get a few more before pics on later. The good thing is, I've totally fallen for it already and can't wait to get it just right.
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Re: Mini refurb thread

Post by desertweasel @ Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:53 pm

Cracking views, will you qualify for the resident's ferry rates or is it only full-time residents that get it?
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Re: Mini refurb thread

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:56 pm

From what I've heard DS, the ferry companies just post discounted books through doors of properties on the island so hopefully I'll get some soon. Happily, I get 15% off already as a blue light discount thing.
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Re: Mini refurb thread

Post by Aesgarth @ Thu Aug 08, 2019 5:08 pm

Kitchen is bigger than mine. And it does drive me mental.
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Re: Mini refurb thread

Post by Damien Thorn @ Thu Aug 08, 2019 5:10 pm

Looks brilliant! I've already fallen in love with the views and am madly envious. Well done!
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Re: Mini refurb thread

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Thu Aug 08, 2019 5:49 pm

Aesgarth wrote:Kitchen is bigger than mine. And it does drive me mental.

We’re a family of 4 though remember!
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Re: Mini refurb thread

Post by Aesgarth @ Thu Aug 08, 2019 5:56 pm

Tokyo Sexwale wrote:
Aesgarth wrote:Kitchen is bigger than mine. And it does drive me mental.

We’re a family of 4 though remember!

I'm sure it's fine as a holiday home. As a family of 2 (with one lodger) my tiny kitchen gets right on my tits. It'd be fine if I didn't live here permanently. Can't afford to do anything about it at the moment though, while I do business startup stuff.

The rest of the place looks excellent though, well done!
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Re: Mini refurb thread

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:15 pm

Cheers Aes. Yes it’s fine for making the odd meal and lunch of course.
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Re: Mini refurb thread

Post by Clown Ice Skater #4 @ Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:43 pm

That looks fab, Tokyo! Exciting to have the chance to do it all up and not have to live in it while the work is going on too.
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Re: Mini refurb thread

Post by Deuteronomy @ Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:47 am

That's really exciting Tokes, brilliant stuff!
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Re: Mini refurb thread

Post by Dirk @ Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:55 am

Getting the balcony is a good bonus. How big is it? Looks like room for at least a couple of chairs, hopefully more
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Re: Mini refurb thread

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:04 am

Yes just large enough for a little bistro table and 2 chairs. Will bbq on it too.
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Re: Mini refurb thread

Post by Il Duce @ Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:22 am

Lovely views. Makes me want to run down to the beach right now.

Having lived in a flat in a 1930's mansion block (a money pit) my first thought was "what is the maintenance price/arrangement?"
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Re: Mini refurb thread

Post by span @ Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:33 am

Oh Tokes that looks lovely - love the building, and with those views from that balcony you must have the best one in the building
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Re: Mini refurb thread

Post by Deuteronomy @ Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:48 am

What's the cost like on the ferry tokes? I was there for a wedding a couple of years back and we took the hover craft over as we were just foot passengers - is it expensive to drive over?

Lovely island!
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Re: Mini refurb thread

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:56 pm

Thanks span, we first viewed it on a sunny day and that sold it to us totally.

ID - £500/year.

Deuts - it varies but normally 50-70 return for us all (inc dog) in the car. Pretty reasonable and the flat is about 2 hours door to door to home!
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Re: Mini refurb thread

Post by S1K @ Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:00 pm

It looks lovely. I spent a lot of time on Stokes Bay just across the Solent as a child, looking across at Ryde, or out in my Grandad’s little boat, fishing for mackerel.
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Re: Mini refurb thread

Post by Il Duce @ Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:34 am

Tokyo Sexwale wrote:ID - £500/year.


Laugh! Bloody bargain!

I found some of my old service charge receipts recently and, including all bills, I reckon I could have stayed in hotel for less. I have no idea how I afforded it.
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Re: Mini refurb thread

Post by thekungfury @ Sat Aug 10, 2019 10:35 am

Excited for you. Not just for your little home by the sea but also the chance to make it how you want it. It looks very liveable so there’s no massive rush to break your back get it all done in a week.

Blind solicitor??
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Re: Mini refurb thread

Post by tanglerat @ Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:12 pm

Nice digs!

How do you intend going about this refurb, TS? I seem to recall you know your way around a bit of DIY/handyman efforts yourself - are you going to have a crack at it on your own or will you engage the "Trades"?
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Re: Mini refurb thread

Post by Clown Ice Skater #4 @ Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:44 pm

tanglerat wrote:Nice digs!

How do you intend going about this refurb, TS? I seem to recall you know your way around a bit of DIY/handyman efforts yourself - are you going to have a crack at it on your own or will you engage the "Trades"?


Yes! I remember the sink-smashing extravaganza. Can you do something like that again, Tokes?
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Re: Mini refurb thread

Post by S1K @ Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:50 pm

Contract Aesgarth to build bespoke furniture or contract TT to do the refurb. Either will do.
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Re: Mini refurb thread

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:28 pm

I’m not sure yet TR, I intend to do most of it myself but depends on future rota really and when we exchange as I’d rather get someone else to do stuff and speed it up if it means we get more use this summer. Will definitely do some more Howto vids during the process!

Kung - re the blind solicitor. The place was advertised as having a 500 year lease, great, but it transpires it actually only has 67 years remaining. The vendor agreed to extend at his cost but my solicitor told me that none of the other flats had longer leases than 67 years and so he was expecting an issue regarding this and advised not starting searches etc so as not to risk losing money. After a fortnight of inaction I dropped by his office to see if there was any update (as he’d been a bit crap at replying to mails) and he explained it all again and showed me the land registry docs of the other flats to show they all had short leases. ‘Except those 3 with 500 years’ I said tiredly. He then excitedly perused the report again, apologised and advised starting the searches straight away. 2 weeks wasted due to his blindness.
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Re: Mini refurb thread

Post by tanglerat @ Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:57 pm

Any rentcharges associated with this, or rights of way, easements etc?
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Re: Mini refurb thread

Post by Tokyo Sexwale @ Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:23 pm

tanglerat wrote:Any rentcharges associated with this, or rights of way, easements etc?

Solicitor will find all that out. Unlikely to be rights of way on a top floor flat though?
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Re: Mini refurb thread

Post by tanglerat @ Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:46 pm

Tokyo Sexwale wrote:
tanglerat wrote:Any rentcharges associated with this, or rights of way, easements etc?

Solicitor will find all that out. Unlikely to be rights of way on a top floor flat though?


You could have a right of way over some adjoining property?
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