Amanda Magazine

OH MY GOODNESS – What on earth can Amanda do with this?!

I know what you are thinking – what in the world can I do with this? I probably don’t need to go into the condition of this baby too much, the picture speaks for itself. Fairly grim. But fear not, there is always potential, even here!

An altogether less depressing window!

When I am faced with something like this it really does get the creative juices going. The first thing to do was to replace the windows which were the wrong rectangular shape giving a 60s feel, metal framed and broken. They were replaced by wooden framed windows in a size that is more in proportion with the building. The roof was then thatched adding character, insulation and general loveliness to the building. I had a porch built to give the front of the building more dimension and to provide shelter when opening the front door and reclaimed tiles were used for the roof of the porch. The little saloon swing gate is a fun addition. The building was painted white with the traditional red trim of Irish cottages and shutters with a heart motif cut out were made locally. The area in front was levelled and re gravelled. It’s a great transformation – I hope you all agree.

The building after its Amanda Makeover - photograph Richard Wayman

Photo Richard Wayman


Next Month in Amanda Magazine – Get a guided design tour inside the new cottage.


  1. Hi Amanda,

    Okay that is seriously CUTE! I love the thatch and the colours you’ve chosen are gorgeous! Some of my furniture would look fab in there. Well done you!

  2. Amanda! This is my first visit to your site and what a treat it is! Your transformation of this cottage is fantastical! I am staying tuned :) to take the inside tour, too! Beautiful job!

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