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Mum Adds £153,000 Property Value To 'Worst House On The Street'

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Mum Adds £153,000 Property Value To 'Worst House On The Street'

A DIY-loving mum has added £153,000 ($216,000) in value to the 'worst house on the street'.

Hannah Janikiewicz, from Wirral, Merseyside, UK, purchased her four-bedroom Victorian home in 2013 for £347,000 ($491,000).

At that point, much of the house was derelict, so mum-of-three Hannah decided to renovate it from top to bottom.

Credit: Jam Press/@mywirralvictorian
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After getting the house to a liveable state, the 41-year-old rented it out for a number of years, before embarking on the 'massive' renovation project last summer.

This involved reconfiguring the downstairs, knocking through the kitchen and dining room and removing five chimney breasts.

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The house also needed a full rewire, new plumbing, new floors and windows - as well as a full redecoration to bring it up to scratch.

On top of this, Hannah decided to take out a double garage in the garden to open up the space.

Hannah mucked in with as many jobs as she could, employing tradesmen when home-schooling became her number one job.

In total, she spent £85,000 ($120,000) on the renovations, and a recent evaluation priced the property at £585,000 ($828,000) - adding £153,000 in value once the renovation costs are accounted for.

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Hannah Janikiewicz with her husband and children. Credit: Jam Press/@mywirralvictorian
Hannah Janikiewicz with her husband and children. Credit: Jam Press/@mywirralvictorian
Credit: Jam Press/@mywirralvictorian
Credit: Jam Press/@mywirralvictorian
Credit: Jam Press/@mywirralvictorian
Credit: Jam Press/@mywirralvictorian
Credit: Jam Press/@mywirralvictorian
Credit: Jam Press/@mywirralvictorian
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Hannah said: "I wanted to create a large, bright, usable space for the family. We wanted to be really sympathetic with the original features and so had all the sash windows restored with double glazing.

"We reinstated an original fireplace in the front room as it had a 1930s one which wasn't the right age for the house. We are finished with renovations for the moment.

"We are living and using the house totally differently now the downstairs works in such a better way for modern family life. The difference is unbelievable.

"It was one of the worst houses on the street, all the sandstone had either crumbled away or cracked, we had scaffolding up for seven months whilst stone masons painstakingly rebuilt it all to reflect how it would have looked originally."

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Credit: Jam Press/@mywirralvictorian
Credit: Jam Press/@mywirralvictorian
Credit: Jam Press/@mywirralvictorian
Credit: Jam Press/@mywirralvictorian
Credit: Jam Press/@mywirralvictorian
Credit: Jam Press/@mywirralvictorian

On top of the major works on the house, project manager Hannah brought the interior together by upcycling an old piano, a sideboard, artwork and prints.

She also came up with a clever wall light hack that doesn't require any electricity.

She said: "I couldn't face any more rewiring so I sourced two wall lights that I knew I could put in a battery-operated, remote control light.

"I stuck them in instead of a bulb and they were mounted on the wall."

But while she admits the home is barely recognisable, Hannah is not done with it yet, and is planning a loft conversion for 2023.

Featured Image Credit: Jam Press/@mywirralvictorian

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