Our very own House Flipper

*doorbell rings*

Hey, so glad you could make it! How are you doing, did you find it ok? Yeah, it can take an hour or so to get here on the train from London but you get used to it after a while; and I use the time while I’m commuting to get my blog posts written so it all kind of works out. Come on in, don’t just stand there out on the doorstep!

home, hallway, rooms

Please excuse the mess – we’ve been here about a year-and-a-half now and renovations are going slowly. You know what they say about having the money but not the time and vice-versa? That’s exactly the situation we’ve got ourselves here. We’ll get there eventually and you’ll have to come back again once the house is finished.

home, dining room, table, chairs, bench, bookcase

Come through to the kitchen and I’ll get Pete to make you a coffee – Link has come to say hello too. Here’s where we tend to spend most of our time at home when we’re not playing video games. It’s a good place for blogging on weekend mornings, as you can look out over the garden and see the birds or the cats getting up to mischief out there when you’re taking a break.

home, bookcase, books, plant, diving helmet, Rapture sign

We found that diving helmet on one of our trips to the antiques centre at Battlesbridge. It was a bit of an impulse buy but we turned it into a lamp and decided to have a BioShock-themed corner. We’re thinking about getting a water-eroded sign or neon word lights to go down the other end of the kitchen, to finish it off.

home, coffee table, television, shelves, PC, PlayStation, headphones, video games

Finished your coffee? Ok, come on through to the living room and we’ll show you where the PC and PlayStation are currently set up. There’s still a lot of work we need to do in this room so please ignore the wires! We’re planning on this being where we’ll mainly play console games, once the PC is in its new home.

home, staircase, window, cat tree

That’s going to be moved out into the hallway at some point soon because we’ve got a lot of unused space under the stairs, due to this place being a converted bungalow. The staircase was one of the features that convinced us to buy the house; Pete and I both fell in love with it when the estate agents showed us around.

home, hallway, staircase, cat tree

Here’s where the PC will eventually go. It’s a sort of ‘cat playground’ at the moment – yes, that’s what happens when Pete tells you he’s going out to get a scratching post for them! I’m able to work from home and blog regularly, so we’re going to make a desk to go under the stairs to be used as an office and PC-gaming area.

home, picture, LeChuck, Cave of Pixels

The pictures? They’re good, aren’t they? I got them from Cave of Pixels while at the London Gaming Market last year. We’ve got a few other pieces of video-game-artwork that need to go up but figured we should really finish the painting first; we just wanted to get a couple on the walls now to make it look more like home.

home, sofa, cats, Link, Zelda

I know, all this talk about video games is making me want to play them now too! Really? You’d be up for that? Ok then, let’s do this – Pete, grab us some drinks while I dig out the controllers and stick on Overcooked. Now make yourself comfortable on the sofa with the cats (that’s Zelda with the white paws there) because we’ve got burgers to fry!

This post is dedicated to Bandicoot Warrior, who very kindly nominated Later Levels for the Neat Blogger Award in April. Thank you to him for giving me the opportunity to share these photographs and shame us into getting a move on with our renovations (ha ha); we’ll give you an update once our gaming area has been finished!