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Couple Transform Run Down House Into Stunning Family Home

Couple Transform Run Down House Into Stunning Family Home

A couple have completely transformed an unloved 1920s Essex house into a luxurious family home - and it's giving us all the interiors goals.

Mum-of-three Kayleigh Phillippo and husband Lee got the keys to their new property back in July 2017 and promptly applied for planning permission to create the house of their dreams.

What the rundown 1920s Essex house looked like before Kayleigh and Lee worked their magic on it (Credit: Instagram / @newroad_newproject)
What the rundown 1920s Essex house looked like before Kayleigh and Lee worked their magic on it (Credit: Instagram / @newroad_newproject)
Today the front entrance to the property is unrecognisable (Credit: Instagram / @newhome_newproject)
Today the front entrance to the property is unrecognisable (Credit: Instagram / @newhome_newproject)
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By adding a two-storey extension, rear extension, and connecting the newly extended kitchen to a pre-existing garage and outbuilding, Kayleigh and Lee have created stunning, spacious rooms that are flooded with light.

The clever renovation gained the couple a whopping six extra rooms, the highlight being a bright and modern L-shaped kitchen and family room.

A year to the day after they first got their keys, Kayleigh and Lee moved into the property.

The original garden was in need of some love... (Credit: Instagram / @newhome_newproject)
The original garden was in need of some love... (Credit: Instagram / @newhome_newproject)
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Now it's a stunning green space with a plush terrace and outdoor seating (Credit: Instagram / @newroad_newproject)
Now it's a stunning green space with a plush terrace and outdoor seating (Credit: Instagram / @newroad_newproject)

The pair have spent the past 3 years documenting their home improvements on Instagram account @newroad_newproject, from digging the foundations to installing state-of-the-art fittings.

Their Instagram venture has proved a popular, too - incredibly, the account has racked up 32.7K followers.

Kayleigh Phillippo told Tyla: "We got our keys 3 years ago on 7th July 2017.

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"Following planning being passed, we started digging the footings in November 2017.

The couple connected these outbuildings to their rear extension (Credit: Instagram / @newroad_newproject)
The couple connected these outbuildings to their rear extension (Credit: Instagram / @newroad_newproject)
The result is this beautiful L-shaped kitchen and family room (Credit: Instagram / @newroad_newproject)
The result is this beautiful L-shaped kitchen and family room (Credit: Instagram / @newroad_newproject)

"8 months later, and unintentionally on this date, we moved in on 7th July 2018.

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"So, it was amazing to be moving in exactly a year after getting our keys."

With three young boys to look after, Kayleigh is stunned that she and Lee managed to complete the renovation in the time they did.

"Our youngest was just 4 weeks old when we moved! Not quite sure how we did it!," she said.

This room was once the third bedroom - but the couple turned it into their main bathroom (Credit: Instagram / @newroad_newproject)
This room was once the third bedroom - but the couple turned it into their main bathroom (Credit: Instagram / @newroad_newproject)
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We'd like to take a bath in here, please! (Credit: Instagram / @newroad_newproject)
We'd like to take a bath in here, please! (Credit: Instagram / @newroad_newproject)

"We did a side two storey extension, rear extension (part two storey) and we connected up the ground floor extension (kitchen) to the garage and outbuilding.

"This gave us a great L-shaped kitchen and family room.

"We also relocated the stairs to give a spacious hallway, it also meant giving us better sized and shaped rooms upstairs.

"The house was a standard 1920s house, and we gained the large family room, study, utility, playroom, a forth bedroom and an ensuite," she added.

Knocking through a wall helped to create a bigger living room (Credit: Instagram / @newroad_newproject)
Knocking through a wall helped to create a bigger living room (Credit: Instagram / @newroad_newproject)
Now it's a chic but cosy space where the family can kick back for the evening (Credit: Instagram / @newroad_newproject)
Now it's a chic but cosy space where the family can kick back for the evening (Credit: Instagram / @newroad_newproject)

The couple are thrilled with their final home, which has been a labour of love.

While they put in a lot of elbow grease themselves, the pair also made an effort to hire tradesmen who they knew personally.

Kayleigh said: "We did a lot ourselves, well not actually me, but my husband and my dad.

"With most trades, the people we used were friends.

The garden even has its very own fire pit (Credit: Instagram / @newhome_newproject)
The garden even has its very own fire pit (Credit: Instagram / @newhome_newproject)

"We loved the whole experience, and so glad I took so many photos to look back on."

We just love this transformation. Kayleigh and Lee, when can we move in?

Featured Image Credit: Instagram / @newroad_newproject

Topics: Home, DIY, Life, Interiors

Mary-Jane Wiltsher

Mary-Jane Wiltsher is a freelance lifestyle and culture journalist. Elsewhere she writes for Stylist, Euronews, PHOENIX and What We Seee.

 

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