Creating An Urban Farmhouse

Our little house is a mid century semi, which stands opposite a stream, at the bottom of a small valley. The original owners, I’m told, built our house and it’s twin, selling one to pay off the other. The garden is a steep bank of brambles and, for a long while after moving in, it was so overgrown that we thought that was all it was. However, as we cut back the mess and uncovered the stone steps, we found a large area of flatter ground, levels I’d grass and weeds, level with the top of our roof. It's so high that it gets amazing sunshine. We live next to a nature park and it being so set back from the road, combined with the park wall running alongside it, make the garden a truly magical place that has so much potential.

Once we discovered this gem, we knew this could be a home for the long term. Gardens are a rare thing where we live. We are round a mile from the busy city centre and most houses here have a concrete yard at best - or a ‘town garden’ if you prefer to use estate agent language.

After I spent my first few years here working crazy hours and neglecting our home, I dissolved my business, ready to start fresh.

Homesteading has always been an interest of mine but until this point it was something I just enjoyed vicariously - watching YouTube, reading blogs, etc. Now that I sat down to reassess my life, I knew that this garden could become a tiny urban farm, a super small small holding, but I still longed for the farmhouse and the sound of chickens cooing. If I couldn’t move to a farm, I was going to create one.

Our house is a white painted, geometric 50s building. Everything from the panels below the window to the textured walls screams mid-century. I’m now facing the challenge of making this rented house into a farmhouse-esque home. i Have started by ripping up the living room carpet, revealing some lovely floorboards underneath.

Clearly, they need some work, but not too much. I have also been working on my kitchen, transforming the worktops from dated grey melamine to a butchers block style look. There’s a long way to go, but I aim to document as much of this journey as I can.


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