DIY-Obsessed Pensioner Turns Council Flat Into Palace Of Versailles
Whatever DIY project you've got on the go at the minute, whether it's putting up a shelf or converting a camper-van, take a leaf out of this bloke's book and aim higher.
This DIY-obsessed pensioner has spent 30 years transforming his home from a humble council flat into a miniature Palace of Versailles.
Retired Merchant Navy chef and all-round legend, Adrian Reeman, said he has never been to the real Versailles and that it is now easier to just stay at home.
Adrian, 67, decided to turn his modest two-bed flat in Southampton into a residence fit for a king, leaving no part of it unchanged.
Over the course of 30 years, he has altered the walls, ceilings, cupboards and fire places in every room. He's even created a marble effect toilet - a throne worthy of royalty.
"I love to keep improving it. I'm very happy with what I've done, but I still feel like there's a bit to do," explained Reeman.
"Other people are amazed when they come in and are quite often taken aback. They say it looks fantastic.
"But to me it's just become normal.
"I've got my own palace - just on a much smaller scale.
"I'm currently working to make the toilet look like it's made of marble. It's only a small lavatory, and you can barely turn around in it, but that doesn't mean you cannot make it look grand."
DIY-loving Adrian began his quest to convert every inch of his flat when he and his wife first moved in back in 1986. The only problem was he didn't have any training and had never visited the Palace of Versailles.
But Adrian wasn't going to let little details like those hold him back and so got to work on his masterpiece.
He said: "I really didn't mean to start creating anything like this.
"Around here not a lot of people bother with their homes, and I never used to either.
"I just thought it would keep me busy if I started to make it look nicer, and the project grew from there.
"I'm not really a sociable person, so it was nice for me to keep working on the flat.
"I'm really quite proud of what I've managed.
"I've never been to the real Versailles. My wife and I don't travel too much, and it's much easier to stay at home."
"It just seemed a challenge to decorate the flat in that style. And I thought it would make the place look a bit more grand," he said.
The only problem is that a clause in Adrian's tenancy agreement means that if he ever wanted to leave he would be required to return the flat to its original state; something he reckons would be an impossibility.
"If you return the flat you have to give it back in its original condition.
"There's no chance I'll ever be able to put it back.
"But who would want that? It had a horrible copper pebble wallpaper
"We were offered the chance to buy the flat but it didn't seem worth the money and the extra expenses we would have to pay.
"We are tied down, but I'd like to stay here as long as possible. I really like it, and I see no reason to move."
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