Couple Spend £140,000 Transforming 'Worst House On Best Street' In Four Year Renovation
A couple have spent £140,000 ($180,876) transforming the 'worst house on the best street' into, well, the best house on the best street, by the looks of it.
When Jen and Miles Rothbury, both 36, bought the four-bedroom house in Bramhall, Cheshire, in 2015 for £580,000 (£749,322) it was derelict - which speaks volumes about how bloody nice this street must be.
It's taken a long time to get the house to where it is at now, but the couple knew it would be worth the time and money to live in the neighbourhood and be able to send their two children to nearby schools.
As well as completely renovating the gaff, they also had a wall knocked down to add another bedroom, the loft and rear extended, a patio built out the back, and a driveway added at the front.
They splurged basically all of their budget on these works, so they had to get most of their furniture second-hand to stay within budget.
Jen said: "We shopped for all of the décor and soft furnishings gradually after the renovation.
"We spent pretty much all of the budget on the building work so decided to paint everything white and live with 'hand me down' furniture for a while until we got used to the space and what would work.
"So we've been decorating and 'finishing' the house for the last few years, saving up for a new room and then giving it an overhaul so we could save for the next!"
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As you might expect, Jen is delighted with the result.
She said: "We are pleased with the outcome. The added bedrooms have meant that having guests is easy, the loft space feels like a third floor as we had the staircase widened to feel less like loft stairs, so when guests come to stay it feels as though they have their floor of the house.
"The works to the first floor has given us a lovely sized family bathroom with double sink units and separate bath and shower and the extension which provided us with a good-sized open-plan space perfect for family living.
"Spending the last few years adding more character and personal touches has made it feel less like a house and more like a home and it really feels like a special place to spend time together."
If you're feeling admiration/envy and fancy giving a similar project a go yourself - and have hundreds of thousands of spare pounds - Jen has one top tip.
She said: "Advice for anyone looking to renovate. Research your builder well as the cheapest is not always the best option.
"Our builder didn't come in with the cheapest quote but having worked with him before and knowing his local reputation meant we had no doubts about going with him.
"I've heard so many horror stories about rogue builders that I was willing to pay a bit more for reliable and top-class quality."
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