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5 Amazing DIY Renovation projects

5 Amazing DIY Renovation projects

01 December 2018

Are you thinking about getting a new house? Can't decide whether to buy new-build property or renovate an old house yourself? 

When it comes to renovating, most of the doubts are coming from not knowing how much money and time you'll have to invest. Or is an old house you're looking at suitable for renovating at all.  Read five stories from the proud homeowners, who turned old houses into their dream homes. Plus discover how much money and time they invested, their top tips and of course plenty of before & after images.

 

1# Kezzabeth

Property Details

Meet the homeowners: Kerry, 27, Nights Retail Worker, her partner Grant, 30, General Operative in a factory, and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels – Todd and Doug.
Property: 3-bedroom Victorian terraced house, Nottinghamshire.
House price: £107K
Money invested: £12k so far.
Interior style: Combination of industrial country cottage, crazy colours and contemporary. With elements of vintage.
Renovation length: 4 years
Instagram account: @kezzabeth_blog
Blog: www.kezzabeth.co.uk

Property Details

Property Details

Meet the homeowners: Kerry, 27, Nights Retail Worker, her partner Grant, 30, General Operative in a factory, and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels – Todd and Doug.
Property: 3-bedroom Victorian terraced house, Nottinghamshire.
House price: £107K
Money invested: £12k so far.
Interior style: Combination of industrial country cottage, crazy colours and contemporary. With elements of vintage.
Renovation length: 4 years
Instagram account: @kezzabeth_blog
Blog: www.kezzabeth.co.uk

Property Details

Property Details

Meet the homeowners: Kerry, 27, Nights Retail Worker, her partner Grant, 30, General Operative in a factory, and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels – Todd and Doug.
Property: 3-bedroom Victorian terraced house, Nottinghamshire.
House price: £107K
Money invested: £12k so far.
Interior style: Combination of industrial country cottage, crazy colours and contemporary. With elements of vintage.
Renovation length: 4 years
Instagram account: @kezzabeth_blog
Blog: www.kezzabeth.co.uk

Property Details

Property Details

Meet the homeowners: Kerry, 27, Nights Retail Worker, her partner Grant, 30, General Operative in a factory, and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels – Todd and Doug.
Property: 3-bedroom Victorian terraced house, Nottinghamshire.
House price: £107K
Money invested: £12k so far.
Interior style: Combination of industrial country cottage, crazy colours and contemporary. With elements of vintage.
Renovation length: 4 years
Instagram account: @kezzabeth_blog
Blog: www.kezzabeth.co.uk

Property Details

Property Details

Meet the homeowners: Kerry, 27, Nights Retail Worker, her partner Grant, 30, General Operative in a factory, and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels – Todd and Doug.
Property: 3-bedroom Victorian terraced house, Nottinghamshire.
House price: £107K
Money invested: £12k so far.
Interior style: Combination of industrial country cottage, crazy colours and contemporary. With elements of vintage.
Renovation length: 4 years
Instagram account: @kezzabeth_blog
Blog: www.kezzabeth.co.uk

Property Details

Property Details

Meet the homeowners: Kerry, 27, Nights Retail Worker, her partner Grant, 30, General Operative in a factory, and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels – Todd and Doug.
Property: 3-bedroom Victorian terraced house, Nottinghamshire.
House price: £107K
Money invested: £12k so far.
Interior style: Combination of industrial country cottage, crazy colours and contemporary. With elements of vintage.
Renovation length: 4 years
Instagram account: @kezzabeth_blog
Blog: www.kezzabeth.co.uk

Property Details

Property Details

Meet the homeowners: Kerry, 27, Nights Retail Worker, her partner Grant, 30, General Operative in a factory, and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels – Todd and Doug.
Property: 3-bedroom Victorian terraced house, Nottinghamshire.
House price: £107K
Money invested: £12k so far.
Interior style: Combination of industrial country cottage, crazy colours and contemporary. With elements of vintage.
Renovation length: 4 years
Instagram account: @kezzabeth_blog
Blog: www.kezzabeth.co.uk

Property Details

Property Details

Meet the homeowners: Kerry, 27, Nights Retail Worker, her partner Grant, 30, General Operative in a factory, and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels – Todd and Doug.
Property: 3-bedroom Victorian terraced house, Nottinghamshire.
House price: £107K
Money invested: £12k so far.
Interior style: Combination of industrial country cottage, crazy colours and contemporary. With elements of vintage.
Renovation length: 4 years
Instagram account: @kezzabeth_blog
Blog: www.kezzabeth.co.uk

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“Budgeting, finding time and just doing the DIY in general definitely takes a lot of commitment. It can be incredibly stressful at times, and we’ve gone through many ups and downs with the whole journey. In the end, it’s massively rewarding but it’s definitely something you really have to be in it for the long haul! And I suppose in some ways, learn to enjoy as well.”

 

Why have you decided to redecorate yourself?

This house was quite a big jump for us compared to our previous place (which we also renovated), in both size, and amount of work it needed. But we strangely enjoyed the challenge of DIY renovating, so we were 100% up for a new project! Plus, we had been completely swooned by the character of this house. We’ve paid tradespeople for a couple of larger jobs in this house, such as removing a load-bearing wall and installing the roof window. But for the most part, we’ve tackled everything just as the two of us - including plumbing our entire bathroom renovation, replacing the conservatory roof, and even repairing joists.

Despite having done one renovation previously, we’ve still had to learn a ton of new skills in this house and we still are learning every day. Grant has mastered plastering in this house, I’ve learn to do a spot of bricklaying, and we’ve also had to learn to survive without either a kitchen or central heating. It’s taken us 4 long years to get where we are now, and we’re so pleased to finally have a kitchen to enjoy and only half a house in chaos.

Pros

  • The money you save! We haven’t had to pay kitchen fitters, plumbers or even tilers and that’s meant we’ve been able to afford the little luxuries like the log burner and underfloor heating.

  •  It’s  incredibly rewarding to look back and think “I did that” plus, you get to learn a ton of new skills along the way.

Cons

  • Living amongst it all. We didn’t have a kitchen for almost 18 months, which meant there was no oven to cook in, nowhere to wash pots (sadly, disposable plastic was the only way we could survive) and that was incredibly arduous at times.

  • DIY is hard work! Doing it all yourself is definitely no easy feat.

Best bargains

  • Bathroom standpipes were just £10 secondhand from eBay (RRP of £150+).

  • Our limestone tiles on eBay for £25/m, compared to high-street prices of £45/m.

  • A few DIY-material bargains as well, like our loft insulation which was completely free and pallet wood, also free.

Top tips for people, who are planning a DIY home renovation

 1. Cross-check any DIY information you find. There is some questionable advice regarding DIY on the internet, particularly on social media and sometimes YouTube too. Always do your research and check the information is valid across multiple sources.

 2. If you have to live in your renovation, try and work room-by-room, or floor-by-floor. Tearing the whole place up in one go will just leave a daunting amount of work and is more likely to leave you feeling unmotivated. Make one room a little sanctuary and go from there.

 3. Work out a practical order for your renovation before you jump straight in. Sometimes it’s best to complete large jobs, like electrical work and plumbing first. And sometimes, you may have to go back and forth between rooms to finish off jobs. For example, we had to leave our bathroom floor un-tiled because of requiring access beneath for the electrics in the dining room. If we hadn’t done this, we’d have needed to tear the ceiling down in the dining room unnecessarily.

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2# House In The Middle

Property Details

Meet the homeowners: Chloe, 34, buyer and her husband Stuart, 37, merchandiser.
Property: 3-bedroom Victorian detached house, Hertfordshire.
Money invested: £8.5k so far.
Interior style: Scandinavian inspired style with original features.
Renovation length: 2+ years
Instagram account: @houseinthemiddle

Property Details

Property Details

Meet the homeowners: Chloe, 34, buyer and her husband Stuart, 37, merchandiser.
Property: 3-bedroom Victorian detached house, Hertfordshire.
Money invested: £8.5k so far.
Interior style: Scandinavian inspired style with original features.
Renovation length: 2+ years
Instagram account: @houseinthemiddle

Property Details

Property Details

Meet the homeowners: Chloe, 34, buyer and her husband Stuart, 37, merchandiser.
Property: 3-bedroom Victorian detached house, Hertfordshire.
Money invested: £8.5k so far.
Interior style: Scandinavian inspired style with original features.
Renovation length: 2+ years
Instagram account: @houseinthemiddle

Property Details

Property Details

Meet the homeowners: Chloe, 34, buyer and her husband Stuart, 37, merchandiser.
Property: 3-bedroom Victorian detached house, Hertfordshire.
Money invested: £8.5k so far.
Interior style: Scandinavian inspired style with original features.
Renovation length: 2+ years
Instagram account: @houseinthemiddle

Property Details

Property Details

Meet the homeowners: Chloe, 34, buyer and her husband Stuart, 37, merchandiser.
Property: 3-bedroom Victorian detached house, Hertfordshire.
Money invested: £8.5k so far.
Interior style: Scandinavian inspired style with original features.
Renovation length: 2+ years
Instagram account: @houseinthemiddle

Property Details

Property Details

Meet the homeowners: Chloe, 34, buyer and her husband Stuart, 37, merchandiser.
Property: 3-bedroom Victorian detached house, Hertfordshire.
Money invested: £8.5k so far.
Interior style: Scandinavian inspired style with original features.
Renovation length: 2+ years
Instagram account: @houseinthemiddle

Property Details

Property Details

Meet the homeowners: Chloe, 34, buyer and her husband Stuart, 37, merchandiser.
Property: 3-bedroom Victorian detached house, Hertfordshire.
Money invested: £8.5k so far.
Interior style: Scandinavian inspired style with original features.
Renovation length: 2+ years
Instagram account: @houseinthemiddle

Property Details

Property Details

Meet the homeowners: Chloe, 34, buyer and her husband Stuart, 37, merchandiser.
Property: 3-bedroom Victorian detached house, Hertfordshire.
Money invested: £8.5k so far.
Interior style: Scandinavian inspired style with original features.
Renovation length: 2+ years
Instagram account: @houseinthemiddle

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Property Details

Meet the homeowners: Chloe, 34, buyer and her husband Stuart, 37, merchandiser.
Property: 3-bedroom Victorian detached house, Hertfordshire.
Money invested: £8.5k so far.
Interior style: Scandinavian inspired style with original features.
Renovation length: 2+ years
Instagram account: @houseinthemiddle

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“Creative ideas are always even better if you bounce them around with a few more people.”
 

Why have you decided to redecorate yourself?

We were living in an 80s built flat before this house which was lovely as our first place together but had little character and didn’t inspire us to spend any money on it. We both always wanted our next house to have some original features, and we fell in love with this one because of the stained-glass door, and because it needed complete redecoration so that we could put our stamp on it.

The work we’ve done has been 50% ourselves (with help from family too!) + 50% professional help.

We definitely keep learning more along the way, I try to learn as much as possible from my mum and dad as they are DIY experts!

Pros

  • The result! I think it looks so much better and I’m so happy with what we’ve achieved.

  • Our decoration project grew my love of interiors to a point where I wanted to start my houseinthemiddle account, through which I’ve met so many lovely people, and had opportunities to work on different blog pieces. It’s amazing that anyone is interested in what we’ve done.

Cons

  • Being a perfectionist and wanting everything done straight away.

  • Having to learn to be patient.

  • Also weighing how much is sensible to spend on our house vs house prices.

Best bargains

  • Updating our fireplace and dining table with a £20 pot of Rustoleum paint. We fell in love with them again after that. 

  • Getting our marble coffee table for £80 in the sale, whilst selling our old coffee table for £80 on eBay. Essentially making it a cost free exercise! 


Top tips for people, who are planning a DIY home renovation

 1. Take the time to plan and research and cross cost everything you’re going to do. For example any time you need professional help, get a few quotes to make sure you’re paying a fair price.

 2. Don’t rush into buy anything whether it’s a big piece of furniture, a cushion or even paint colour. I’ve learned to wait a few weeks each time to check I still definitely want that option, and it helps avoid buying too much you don’t need (sometimes you forget about the cushion!!)

 3. Use family and friends expertise, ask for advice and ideas from the people you trust! It was only through talking things through with my mum that she suggested we tile over old tiles in the kitchen and we realised that would work fine and save a lot of hassle and more money ripping out the old ones.

3# Ordinary Interiors

Property Details

Meet the homeowners: Alison, 31, preschool assistant, her partner Sam, 31, bathroom fitter & all round DIY pro and a daughter, 4.
Property: 1950’s Ex Council 3 bed semi-detached house, Leicestershire.
House price: £160K
Money invested: £60K
Interior style: Scandi, Elegant, with a love for brass and plants.
Renovation length: 1+ year
Instagram: @ordinaryinteriors

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Meet the homeowners: Alison, 31, preschool assistant, her partner Sam, 31, bathroom fitter & all round DIY pro and a daughter, 4.
Property: 1950’s Ex Council 3 bed semi-detached house, Leicestershire.
House price: £160K
Money invested: £60K
Interior style: Scandi, Elegant, with a love for brass and plants.
Renovation length: 1+ year
Instagram: @ordinaryinteriors

Property Details

Property Details

Meet the homeowners: Alison, 31, preschool assistant, her partner Sam, 31, bathroom fitter & all round DIY pro and a daughter, 4.
Property: 1950’s Ex Council 3 bed semi-detached house, Leicestershire.
House price: £160K
Money invested: £60K
Interior style: Scandi, Elegant, with a love for brass and plants.
Renovation length: 1+ year
Instagram: @ordinaryinteriors

Property Details

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Meet the homeowners: Alison, 31, preschool assistant, her partner Sam, 31, bathroom fitter & all round DIY pro and a daughter, 4.
Property: 1950’s Ex Council 3 bed semi-detached house, Leicestershire.
House price: £160K
Money invested: £60K
Interior style: Scandi, Elegant, with a love for brass and plants.
Renovation length: 1+ year
Instagram: @ordinaryinteriors

Property Details

Property Details

Meet the homeowners: Alison, 31, preschool assistant, her partner Sam, 31, bathroom fitter & all round DIY pro and a daughter, 4.
Property: 1950’s Ex Council 3 bed semi-detached house, Leicestershire.
House price: £160K
Money invested: £60K
Interior style: Scandi, Elegant, with a love for brass and plants.
Renovation length: 1+ year
Instagram: @ordinaryinteriors

Property Details

Property Details

Meet the homeowners: Alison, 31, preschool assistant, her partner Sam, 31, bathroom fitter & all round DIY pro and a daughter, 4.
Property: 1950’s Ex Council 3 bed semi-detached house, Leicestershire.
House price: £160K
Money invested: £60K
Interior style: Scandi, Elegant, with a love for brass and plants.
Renovation length: 1+ year
Instagram: @ordinaryinteriors

Property Details

Property Details

Meet the homeowners: Alison, 31, preschool assistant, her partner Sam, 31, bathroom fitter & all round DIY pro and a daughter, 4.
Property: 1950’s Ex Council 3 bed semi-detached house, Leicestershire.
House price: £160K
Money invested: £60K
Interior style: Scandi, Elegant, with a love for brass and plants.
Renovation length: 1+ year
Instagram: @ordinaryinteriors

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Meet the homeowners: Alison, 31, preschool assistant, her partner Sam, 31, bathroom fitter & all round DIY pro and a daughter, 4.
Property: 1950’s Ex Council 3 bed semi-detached house, Leicestershire.
House price: £160K
Money invested: £60K
Interior style: Scandi, Elegant, with a love for brass and plants.
Renovation length: 1+ year
Instagram: @ordinaryinteriors

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“We have made our very ordinary home into a dream house that would have been out of our reach financially if we wanted to buy it already renovated.”

Why have you decided to redecorate yourself?

We decided to embark on the renovation journey for a second time as it’s the only way to get exactly what you want without spending a fortune. Our home means so much more to us as it’s part of our journey as a family. Everything we have done has a story behind it, we can proudly say we created our home as a family. We had professionals in where needed for building work and electrical work, but everything else was purely our blood, sweat and tears. 

Pros

  • Getting your hands dirty and giving everything a go can save you thousands, which can then be spent on high quality fittings.

  • I love everything we have made, designed and simply put our hard work into more as it’s been lovingly done as a family.

  • You appreciate the simple things like a working sink, or a cooker, even just having electricity feels amazing when you go without for a while.

Cons

  • Living in a mess is hard, living in a mess with a child is draining.

  • Having a long list of jobs that have to be done, can cause a lot of stress.

  • Camping in a building site isn’t as fun after day 2.

Best bargains

  • Kitchen table. We made it out of scaffold boards, brought some cast iron legs and stained and weathered the boards. We saved about £300, if we brought it new.

  • Kitchen chairs. We found them being advertised as free on social media. We painted them white and sprayed the legs gold. Love the finish, although they are temporary until we replace with new ones. It only cost us about £30 in gold spray.

  • Utility room. We salvaged the units from a kitchen rip out. The doors are solid oak, so we sanded them down and painted them in Downpipe (Farrow and Ball). Sprayed the handles gold. The worktop was purchased from Ikea and cost £90. All these savings allowed us to spend more on the floor. We went for solid Stone (Umbrian Limestone).

Top tips for people, who are planning a DIY home renovation

  1. Make a list of your absolute must haves. Non-negotiables! When budgeting, where possible do not sacrifice on these, as these details will make a huge impact on the finished project.

  2. Make a mood-board for each room, give yourself plenty of time to find your own style. Stick with that and not what you think is “on trend”

  3. Take breaks away from anything DIY renovation from time to time. This will allow you to come back with clear mind and a boost in you motivation towards the project.

4# DOOR SEVENTY-FOUR

Property Details

Meet the homeowners: Georgi, 25 and her partner Chris, 32. Both Product & Graphic designers by day, interior enthusiasts by night.
Property: 2-bedroom semi-detached house, South Wales.
Money invested: £4k
Interior style: Scandinavian inspired style with an industrial edge.
Renovation length: 1+ year
Instagram: @door.seventy.four

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Property Details

Meet the homeowners: Georgi, 25 and her partner Chris, 32. Both Product & Graphic designers by day, interior enthusiasts by night.
Property: 2-bedroom semi-detached house, South Wales.
Money invested: £4k
Interior style: Scandinavian inspired style with an industrial edge.
Renovation length: 1+ year
Instagram: @door.seventy.four

Property Details

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Meet the homeowners: Georgi, 25 and her partner Chris, 32. Both Product & Graphic designers by day, interior enthusiasts by night.
Property: 2-bedroom semi-detached house, South Wales.
Money invested: £4k
Interior style: Scandinavian inspired style with an industrial edge.
Renovation length: 1+ year
Instagram: @door.seventy.four

Property Details

Property Details

Meet the homeowners: Georgi, 25 and her partner Chris, 32. Both Product & Graphic designers by day, interior enthusiasts by night.
Property: 2-bedroom semi-detached house, South Wales.
Money invested: £4k
Interior style: Scandinavian inspired style with an industrial edge.
Renovation length: 1+ year
Instagram: @door.seventy.four

Property Details

Property Details

Meet the homeowners: Georgi, 25 and her partner Chris, 32. Both Product & Graphic designers by day, interior enthusiasts by night.
Property: 2-bedroom semi-detached house, South Wales.
Money invested: £4k
Interior style: Scandinavian inspired style with an industrial edge.
Renovation length: 1+ year
Instagram: @door.seventy.four

Property Details

Property Details

Meet the homeowners: Georgi, 25 and her partner Chris, 32. Both Product & Graphic designers by day, interior enthusiasts by night.
Property: 2-bedroom semi-detached house, South Wales.
Money invested: £4k
Interior style: Scandinavian inspired style with an industrial edge.
Renovation length: 1+ year
Instagram: @door.seventy.four

Property Details

Property Details

Meet the homeowners: Georgi, 25 and her partner Chris, 32. Both Product & Graphic designers by day, interior enthusiasts by night.
Property: 2-bedroom semi-detached house, South Wales.
Money invested: £4k
Interior style: Scandinavian inspired style with an industrial edge.
Renovation length: 1+ year
Instagram: @door.seventy.four

Property Details

Property Details

Meet the homeowners: Georgi, 25 and her partner Chris, 32. Both Product & Graphic designers by day, interior enthusiasts by night.
Property: 2-bedroom semi-detached house, South Wales.
Money invested: £4k
Interior style: Scandinavian inspired style with an industrial edge.
Renovation length: 1+ year
Instagram: @door.seventy.four

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“The main thing I have come to realise is that it is possible to make your home lovely on a budget. I think nowadays there are so many affordable options and DIY hacks especially for first time homeowners like us, as the initial expenditure can be quite daunting, but in reality, it’s very doable and enjoyable.”
 

Why have you decided to redecorate yourself?

Our main motive for renovating was to put our own stamp on our first home despite the house itself being lovely the décor wasn’t exactly to our taste. Being newbies to anything DIY, we eased ourselves in with simply decorating the living room and bedroom. From that we discovered how a simple bit of decorating can totally transform a space.

Pros

  • The huge sense of achievement when you have put blood sweat and tears (literally) into something and it turns out how you envisaged it or better. It makes coming home exciting.

  • It’s addictive once you start on one space and see what you can accomplish you want to just do everything. I have to reign it in a lot, especially when you see so much amazing inspiration on Instagram and Pinterest.

Cons

  • The mess. Being a total clean freak I absolutely hate the dust and dirt that comes with a renovation project but it’s always worth it in the end.

  • Unforeseen problems. I think with any major work this is always something that should be budgeted for.

Best bargains

  • Large white clock – picked this up from Dunelm mills for £10.

  • Living room light - £9.99 on amazon and surprisingly really good quality.

  • DIY Pallet Table - £30 for legs pallets were free.

 

Top tips for people, who are planning a DIY home renovation

 1. Planning.

 2. Mood boards & swatches. Whenever we decorate I always with start with a with a swatch of fabric or a colour or image that forms the basis of everything, as you explore more, your swatch/theme builds and slowly comes together into a really strong scheme. A combination of visual inspiration and physical swatches can be really useful.

5# The Carpenters Daughter

Property Details

Meet the homeowners: Vikkie, 35, Award winning full time blogger and her partner.
Property: 2-bedroom bungalow with loft dormer, Nuneaton.
Money invested: £15K so far
House price: £102K
Interior style: I haven’t found a particular style yet as I just buy things I like. I do love our hygge Scandinavian style bedroom.
Renovation length: 4 years and counting
Instagram: @thecarpenters_daughter
Blogthecarpentersdaughter.co.uk

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Meet the homeowners: Vikkie, 35, Award winning full time blogger and her partner.
Property: 2-bedroom bungalow with loft dormer, Nuneaton.
Money invested: £15K so far
House price: £102K
Interior style: I haven’t found a particular style yet as I just buy things I like. I do love our hygge Scandinavian style bedroom.
Renovation length: 4 years and counting
Instagram: @thecarpenters_daughter
Blogthecarpentersdaughter.co.uk

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Meet the homeowners: Vikkie, 35, Award winning full time blogger and her partner.
Property: 2-bedroom bungalow with loft dormer, Nuneaton.
Money invested: £15K so far
House price: £102K
Interior style: I haven’t found a particular style yet as I just buy things I like. I do love our hygge Scandinavian style bedroom.
Renovation length: 4 years and counting
Instagram: @thecarpenters_daughter
Blogthecarpentersdaughter.co.uk

Property Details

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Meet the homeowners: Vikkie, 35, Award winning full time blogger and her partner.
Property: 2-bedroom bungalow with loft dormer, Nuneaton.
Money invested: £15K so far
House price: £102K
Interior style: I haven’t found a particular style yet as I just buy things I like. I do love our hygge Scandinavian style bedroom.
Renovation length: 4 years and counting
Instagram: @thecarpenters_daughter
Blogthecarpentersdaughter.co.uk

Property Details

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Meet the homeowners: Vikkie, 35, Award winning full time blogger and her partner.
Property: 2-bedroom bungalow with loft dormer, Nuneaton.
Money invested: £15K so far
House price: £102K
Interior style: I haven’t found a particular style yet as I just buy things I like. I do love our hygge Scandinavian style bedroom.
Renovation length: 4 years and counting
Instagram: @thecarpenters_daughter
Blogthecarpentersdaughter.co.uk

Property Details

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Meet the homeowners: Vikkie, 35, Award winning full time blogger and her partner.
Property: 2-bedroom bungalow with loft dormer, Nuneaton.
Money invested: £15K so far
House price: £102K
Interior style: I haven’t found a particular style yet as I just buy things I like. I do love our hygge Scandinavian style bedroom.
Renovation length: 4 years and counting
Instagram: @thecarpenters_daughter
Blogthecarpentersdaughter.co.uk

Property Details

Property Details

Meet the homeowners: Vikkie, 35, Award winning full time blogger and her partner.
Property: 2-bedroom bungalow with loft dormer, Nuneaton.
Money invested: £15K so far
House price: £102K
Interior style: I haven’t found a particular style yet as I just buy things I like. I do love our hygge Scandinavian style bedroom.
Renovation length: 4 years and counting
Instagram: @thecarpenters_daughter
Blogthecarpentersdaughter.co.uk

Property Details

Property Details

Meet the homeowners: Vikkie, 35, Award winning full time blogger and her partner.
Property: 2-bedroom bungalow with loft dormer, Nuneaton.
Money invested: £15K so far
House price: £102K
Interior style: I haven’t found a particular style yet as I just buy things I like. I do love our hygge Scandinavian style bedroom.
Renovation length: 4 years and counting
Instagram: @thecarpenters_daughter
Blogthecarpentersdaughter.co.uk

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Many jobs look harder than they seem and, in most cases, you don’t need a professional.  If you don’t have any DIY skills, just weigh up the risks on each job and start small then go from there to build your confidence and knowledge for the next one.  And don’t let people tell you can’t do something when you’ve never tried it yourself.

 

Why have you decided to redecorate yourself?

Me and my fiancé had been renting for 4 years and houses were selling very quickly.  However, most of the homes I saw wanted top money, even though they clearly hadn’t renovated since they’d bought it.  So, after constantly looking, I found a very cheap house in a nice area.  It needed a lot of work doing, but as I’d seen my parents turn properties around quickly, I could see beyond it and put in an offer and got it.  Since then, I’ve been teaching myself how to DIY while my fiancé is at work.  I do most of the jobs myself so I can learn from them, but there are occasions when two pairs of hands help, so sometimes my fiancé steps in.

Pros

  • Learning new skills for next time and saving money. 

Cons

  • Living in a DIY zone can be chaotic.

Best bargains

  • General jumble sale finds to either recycle or renovate.  When you have so many things to do, a lot of jobs can wait until you find it at the right price.

  • My biggest savings however have been installing my own patio and gravel driveway.

  • Buying vertical blinds from Direct Blinds and altering them myself to fit a sloping window. 

 

Top tips for people, who are planning a DIY home renovation

 1. Don't make any rash decisions as soon as you move in. We’ve changed our minds so many times as to where a wall should go or be knocked down. Just live in it for a while to find what would work for you.

 2. If you want to decorate, paint everything white first as a blank canvas. This is particularly important for test pots as colours can look different layered on top. Also, updated walls and new carpets can make old furniture look more appealing.

 3. Never spend money you don’t have. Just focus on one job at a time and do things within your means.

 

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