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Woman Transforms Run Down 1930s House Into Stunning Family Home

Woman Transforms Run Down 1930s House Into Stunning Family Home

A design-savvy woman has transformed a run down 1930s house into a modern and luxurious family home.

Katy Wilson, 36, documented the jaw-dropping renovation of the once unloved property on Instagram, where she goes by the handle @placefortyeight.

When she purchased the detached house in Derbyshire back in February 2015, Katy knew she had a fixer-upper on her hands.

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While the house was listed as a 2.5 bedroom property, the third bedroom wasn't even big enough for a single bed, and there was only one bathroom.

But Katy went several steps further than the average redesign, adding a huge two storey extension to bring her property up to date and create heaps of light, airy space.


After a drawn-out planning permission process, the homeowner was at last able to start creating her fantasy home in 2018.

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Katy told our friends at LADbible: "We bought the house in February 2015. We put in for planning in 2016, which took about 12 months for approval with back and forth with the local council.


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We started the build in October 2018 - this was comprised of a two-storey side extension providing two new bedrooms, two en-suites, an office and a roof terrace.

"We also added a single storey extension which had a new kitchen, utility, toilet, snug and playroom.

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"In addition we renovated the existing house and had our garden fully landscaped front and back."


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Today the property is a slick and modern home with chic minimal interiors, characterful touches and underfloor heating throughout.

Katy continued: "We also fully renovated our existing house by stripping it back to plaster and rewiring. Our existing lounge, hallway, three bedrooms and bathroom were all newly decorated with bespoke joinery and all rooms have underfloor heating.


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The trickiest part was going through planning to get the external cladding on the house passed - we eventually got this through.

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"My favourite room is our bedroom because we added a partition to house the television and the other side for a beauty station. We also added an inbuilt wardrobe with sliding wardrobe."

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When it comes to creating space, Katy recommends getting creative when it comes to storage solutions.

She said: "Inbuilt storage or bespoke carpentry doesn't cost the earth, and can really elevate a space. I would always recommend storage solutions as part of your project planning - and trust me, you will thank yourselves later.

"Research is so important - good preparation brings less stress further down the line."


"To everyone thinking of a renovation, I'd say try to do what you can yourself - it isn't as scary as you think!"

Thinking of renovating your own home? Katy's advice is to go for it - and embrace the process as a learning experience!


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I've learned so many skills during this past year, and attempted things I didn't even think I could do.

"It saves you money and is very satisfactory."

What a transformation! Give Katy a follow on Insta at @placefortyeight to see more of her property redesign.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram / @placefortyeight

Topics: Home, Life, Property, Interiors

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Mary-Jane Wiltsher

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