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Woman Transforms ‘Ugly’ House And It Literally Looks Brand New

Joanna Freedman

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Woman Transforms ‘Ugly’ House And It Literally Looks Brand New

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/ @Homesideofstyle

A woman has shared the before and after snaps from her home renovation, and we are shook.

Joanne Lewis, 29, from Kent, admitted that her neighbours once branded her home the "ugliest on the street" - but after spending three years working on the property, with a couple of extensions along the way, it's now unrecognisable.


Joanne - who owns Instagram blog @petitesideofstyle - renovated the property alongside her fiance, and it was a long, hard slog. But she tells us: "the end goal motivated us throughout".

When they moved in to the property it was "upside down," with the bedrooms and bathroom on the ground floor while the living room was on the second floor.

The living room was completely transformed (Credit: Instagram/ @Homesideofstyle)
The living room was completely transformed (Credit: Instagram/ @Homesideofstyle)

But they then got started creating a more logical layout, and added an extension onto the ground floor so they could have a bigger kitchen.

Sharing the process on Instagram, Joanne wrote on her home renovation Instagram @homesideofstyle: "We changed the windows in the living room, from rectangle to square.

The new kitchen is modern and open (Credit: Instagram/ Homesideofstyle)
The new kitchen is modern and open (Credit: Instagram/ Homesideofstyle)

"The house itself was square so we worked with what we had keeping the theme of the house square but modern.

"After all, this is a stepping stone to our forever home. So working with what we had was key.

"Upstairs was the kitchen and lounge. We created a hallway which would lead into one master bedroom, a second bedroom and a shower room."

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The couple built a brand new staircase, knocked down walls, completely revamped the back garden and stripped the wallpaper of the property.

Plus, they added another floor during a second extension one year later, so that it had four bedrooms, two bathrooms, two balconies and stunning sea views.

The back of the house (Credit: Instagram/ @Homesideofstyle)
The back of the house (Credit: Instagram/ @Homesideofstyle)

"The house was rendered. Wood added to balcony areas. Intended to paint the wood black but still unsure," she explained.

"Aluminium fascia was added to the roof and under balconies. Paving on the driveway completed.

"Electricity box is still to be covered with wood that matches the house."

Joanne and her fiance shared the process on Instagram (Credit: Instagram/ @Petitesideofstyle)
Joanne and her fiance shared the process on Instagram (Credit: Instagram/ @Petitesideofstyle)

Recalling the time-scale, Joanne told Tyla: "The renovation was done in 2 stages, we didn't have enough money to do it all in one go. It began in 2017 when the kitchen extension was complete, allowing us to move in.

"Then in 2018 the third floor was added and we lived and brought a new born home whilst it began".

The couple adapted as their brood grew (Credit: Instagram/ @Homesideofstyle)
The couple adapted as their brood grew (Credit: Instagram/ @Homesideofstyle)

As their brood grew, the family added a new nursery and a new bedroom, and the couple have finally got their garden how they wanted it, too.

Joanne said: "A modern home by the sea is the end result to what was once a garage, then a 2 bedroom house now a four bed.

"It's still a work in progress. But very nearly complete."

Topics: Home Decor, Style News, DIY, Style

Joanna Freedman
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