A couple have transformed an old, run-down house into a luxurious home fit for their family – and it’s now worth £750,000.
Becky and Adam, both 33, purchased the dated four-bedroom house in South East London for £525,000 back in 2015.
Despite having very little DIY experience between them, the couple picked up the keys to their 1960s home and got to work.
After five years of juggling full-time jobs, running an event company and looking after their two little ones, the house is complete.
Not only have they increased the value of the property of the house by a staggering £225,000, but their garden even won the Ronseal Lockdown Garden award.
Becky said: “We previously done up another flat in 2014 where we earned £100,000 on it a 12 month property flip period which afforded us our deposit on this house and gave us a taste of renovations.
“In 6 years we have gone from living at our parents to a £175,000 flat to now a £750,000 house.
“Before we started we didn’t know anything about interior design or building work so we have self taught ourselves but has all been completely worth it.”
Becky and Adam did the majority of the work on the house themselves using YouTube tutorials and interior design TV shows, which saved them thousands.
And although Pinterest and Instagram inspired their style, their biggest inspiration according to Becky is the amount you save.
“Most looks you see on Instagram you can recreate yourself with a bit of elbow grease.
“For example the kitchen panel wall Adam created himself one afternoon.
“What you save in money though you have to make up with effort, it’s not easy but it is well worth it when you see the end product.”
To date, the renovation project has taken five years and cost £50,000.
Buying their home decor from budget stores has helped to keep the costs down, explains Becky.
“Ikea is our favourite. The Range, Dunelm and B&M. Even recently Poundland trinkets and home decor has become very good.”
“We hunt for items that look more expensive than they look and always looking for furniture hacks and upcycling tips. e.g. a family member gave us their old brown dated patio set which we upcycled.”
Becky is now encouraging others hoping to get onto the property ladder to do the same thing, and shares tips on how to do it and the lessons they have learned on her Instagram page 21oakham.
But her top tip is: “The old cliché – buy the worst on the nicest street”.
Becky also says: “Research furniture hacks for getting your own bespoke items.”
“Give up your social life and weekends temporarily as you need time and cash while you’re renovating.
“Budget everything and stick to it and don’t underestimate the costs of jobs always allow for worst case scenario.”