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Couple Transform Run Down Semi-Detached House Into Dream Family Home

Couple Transform Run Down Semi-Detached House Into Dream Family Home

Some home renovations leave you gobsmacked - and this transformation of a run-down house into a luxury home with a two-storey extension and swimming pool is one of them.

Couple Lizzy and Phil, who share Insta updates on their DIY project under the handle @renovationhq, bought the fixer-upper back in 2014.

Over the past five years, the DIY duo have transformed the old and unloved semi-detached house into the property of their dreams.

The couple purchased the run-down semi detached house in 2014 (Credit: Instagram / @renovationhq)
The couple purchased the run-down semi detached house in 2014 (Credit: Instagram / @renovationhq)
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With a stunning terraced garden, pool, and state-of-the-art fixtures and fittings throughout, the finished house is giving us major property envy.

In total the couple put £100,000 on the project, plus a lot of blood, sweat and tears.

The pair estimate that they did "90 per cent of the work themselves" from digging the foundations to fitting the kitchen.

The couple estimate that they did
The couple estimate that they did
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With day jobs in finance and marketing, Lizzy and Phil had to give up their weekends and evenings to the project, which has been a labour of love.

Lizzy told our friends at LADBible: "We have done roughly 90 percent of the work ourselves, from digging the foundations, plumbing the entire house, converting the garage into four rooms (garage was too narrow for a modern car), fitting kitchen, bathrooms, underfloor heating throughout the ground floor and installing the pool, amongst other things.

Now the property has a stunning terraced garden where Lizzy and Phil can swim, relax and enjoy a few sundowners (Credit: Caters)
Now the property has a stunning terraced garden where Lizzy and Phil can swim, relax and enjoy a few sundowners (Credit: Caters)

"During lockdown we tiled 100sqm of the back garden. It was back-breaking but a great achievement over the period.

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"The house has full home automation, which includes scene lighting, whole house audio, room-by-room smart heating and an integrated audio-visual system."

The couple struck lucky when they were able to buddy up with their neighbour to build a two storey extension on both properties.

What the kitchen looked like beforehand (Credit: Instagram / @renovationhq)
What the kitchen looked like beforehand (Credit: Instagram / @renovationhq)
Today the space is cool and contemporary with stunning fittings (Credit: Instagram / @renovationhq)
Today the space is cool and contemporary with stunning fittings (Credit: Instagram / @renovationhq)
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Lizzy explained: "Joint planning allowed us both to gain a much bigger footprint in our extension and our neighbour is a bricklayer so he built both extensions at the same time."

The heavy-duty elbow grease involved in the project hasn't been the only hurdle the couple have faced in the past five years.

The couple have lived without heating and gas for months at a time and made huge "sacrifices with time and money".

Lizzy said: "Living without heating over the first six months was really hard as we moved in over the winter and the gas had been cut off.

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In total the couple put £100,000 into the project over a five-year period (Credit: Instagram / @renovationhq)
In total the couple put £100,000 into the project over a five-year period (Credit: Instagram / @renovationhq)

"Fighting the constant dust was a losing battle and it could be found on everything we owned.

"We made many sacrifices with time and money, dedicating both to buying the necessary parts for the house and weekends to carry out the work.

"We can't say for sure but we're confident we've spent £100,000 - but not much more than that."

Just look at the master bedroom! (Credit: Instagram / @renovationhq)
Just look at the master bedroom! (Credit: Instagram / @renovationhq)
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It's all been worth it though. Lizzy and Phil love the final house and have fully nested to make it a forever home.

"We love so many parts of the house, as we've made it into our space which works really well for us," said Lizzy.

"The garden is a blessing - having a pool is a real luxury when the weather is good. The garden is in a valley so it's very relaxing place filled with wildlife, which is great for the soul.

"We must admit we're enjoying the latest stage: relaxing at the weekends, enjoying the fruits of our labour in the pool and garden when the weather is good!"

The couple - who work in finance and marketing - gave up their evenings and weekends to the project (Credit: Instagram / @renovationhq)
The couple - who work in finance and marketing - gave up their evenings and weekends to the project (Credit: Instagram / @renovationhq)

The DIY enthusiast continued: "Online has been our biggest friend for getting confident in how to do things. Instagram, Houzz and Pinterest have been our go-to places for inspiration - compile a moodboard of all the images you like for inspiration.

To any couples looking to take on a similar home transformation, Lizzy and Phil have plenty of advice to share.

"Decide on colours early doors," said Lizzy. "One of our biggest regrets is painting the house in neutral colours with the intention of repainting once we knew the colours we would ultimately prefer.

What the back of the property looked like before Lizzy and Phil worked their magic on it (Credit: Instagram / @renovationhq)
What the back of the property looked like before Lizzy and Phil worked their magic on it (Credit: Instagram / @renovationhq)
Today it's a plush outside space, pool and two storey extension (Credit: Instagram / @renovationhq)
Today it's a plush outside space, pool and two storey extension (Credit: Instagram / @renovationhq)

"Problem is repainting the house will be a mammoth job - would have been better to do it right from the start.

"Always consider lighting at the start of your project; you will need to lay cable early doors so consider how you want to light up your space.

"It can make or break a space and add oodles of atmosphere.

"Consider home automation if you possibly can. We used Loxone and it's fantastic - it's incredibly intuitive and gives you freedom in your space that standard electrical systems don't do."

What was once a dingy, unloved house... (Credit: Instagram / @renovationhq)
What was once a dingy, unloved house... (Credit: Instagram / @renovationhq)
Is now a bright and welcoming home with state-of-the-art fittings (Credit: Instagram / @renovationhq)
Is now a bright and welcoming home with state-of-the-art fittings (Credit: Instagram / @renovationhq)

Overall, though, the couple urge others to "have the confidence to give things a try - don't be afraid to fail."

What a transformation! When can we move in?

Featured Image Credit: Instagram / @renovationhq

Topics: Couple, Home, DIY, Life, Interiors

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