Couple spend just £12,500 transforming ‘dated’ first home and it looks incredible
A young couple who bought their first home together transformed the ‘dated’ property for just £12,500 and have shared the incredible results.
Adele Teather and Tom Jackson bought their first home in Sheffield last year after saving up a £20,000 deposit and mortgaging the remaining £130,000.
The overhaul took three months, making use of Tom’s skills as a joiner, as well as the generous help of family and friends, to carry out the majority of work themselves.
After completely stripping back the home, the couple lived among the “building site” as they carried out the revamp surrounding them, even being forced to wash pots in the bath when they didn’t have a kitchen to use.
But the home is now unrecognisable and the hard work has paid for itself, with Adele saying the property has since been revalued at £170,000.
The 22-year-old, who is a full-time administrator in a GP surgery, said: “Tom and I had always spoken about wanting to renovate a house as Tom is a joiner, so he is extremely handy.
“We liked the idea that we could transform our house completely to our taste and decor and put our stamp on it.
“We were both so excited to buy our first home together so when the time finally came, we already had quite a few decor ideas in mind.
“We created a board on Pinterest for house ideas and we began to speak about colour schemes for each room and think about how we imagined the room layouts to look.
“We would visit kitchen showrooms such as B&Q, Wickes and other local stores for inspiration.
“We began to put things in place before we even got the keys and this enabled us to be really organised.”
Features including Artex ceilings, interior walls and decking in the garden were replaced, with the laminate floors throughout pulled up to make way for carpets.
They ordered a kitchen before they had moved in, as well as paint and wallpaper for other rooms, to ensure they could get started straight away, ripping out everything to provide a blank canvas – which Adele said was daunting as it ended up looking “much worse before it looked better”.
Every room was plastered and modernised, the garden was landscaped and fitted with artificial grass, and even the unexpected set back of finding a wasp nest in a ceiling didn’t throw their plans off course.
The pair spent every evening and weekend working on the project, starting at 4.30pm and finishing at 9.30pm, saying the hardest things were “little setbacks, tiredness or a job taking longer than anticipated”.
They lived in the house during the renovation, which they admit was tough, as Adele added: “At first we didn’t have a kitchen so would wash pots in the bath. We were literally living in a building site for three months.”
The most expensive outlay was £5,000 for a red tarmac drive, with the total cost of the renovation coming to about £12,500.
Adele said: “We really enjoyed taking on the renovation project and would love to do it again one day in the future.
“The best part was seeing the house come together and the excitement of cracking on with the next stages.
“Having our friends and family over to help in different rooms while listening to music and laughing was also great and they even said it inspired them to decorate their own homes, too.
“It’s so rewarding to have decorated your own home completely to your taste and to fit your lifestyle, and there’s a potential to add value to the house too which is always a bonus.”