Couple transform ‘rundown’ £155,000 house into dream home with bar in the garden
A couple have transformed their first ever property into an incredible dream home with its own bar in the garden.
Kelly Gibson and Stephen Gilbert, both 29, snapped up the two-bedroom house in Cheadle, Manchester, four years ago for £155,000.
Since then they have pumped £100,000 into turning the rundown property into an impressive three-bedroom house which has doubled in value.
Stephen, who is a joiner, did most of the work himself which allowed the couple to spoil themselves with the cash they saved on labour costs on features such as a state-of-the-art kitchen and a built-in sound system.
Kelly, who works as the manager of a vets surgery, said: “We have been saving for 10 years to buy our home.
“When we bought this house it was rundown with two small bedrooms, a tiny kitchen and a bathroom that was small it couldn’t even fit a bath in it.
“We knew it would need a lot of work but luckily Stephen was able to do it himself.
“The first thing we did was gut the house throughout before Stephen built an extension at the side.
“We also ripped the kitchen out and knocked through the back wall. The bathroom was the last room in the house to be done.”
During the massive transformation project the couple were forced to move out for six months as they were left with no kitchen and bathroom.
Luckily both Kelly and and Stephen’s parents were happy to help them in their quest for a dream home.
“We moved into my parents home for a while and then into Steve’s,” Kelly said.
“The house was like a shell then. We had ripped everything out.”
The project was also stalled by the coronavirus pandemic as it became tougher to source some materials.
Kelly said: “There were times we couldn’t get hold of things such as plaster because companies had been forced to temporarily close.”
But Kelly said the pandemic also meant the couple had extra cash which would have usually been spent on holidays abroad.
“We really wanted to treat ourselves with some things which is why we spent so much on the kitchen,” she said.
“I also sourced lots of things from Instagram and Etsy stores with many sellers making items to my specifications.
“Although the stores are closed I was able to order things online so bought items from shops like Dunhelm, Next and Zara which were delivered to my home.
“In my bathroom I have reusable bottles too so I’m helping the planet.”
While Stephen carried out the building work Kelly and her mum rolled up their sleeves and did all the painting themselves – which save them hundreds on decorating costs.
“Steve is quite bland and would be happy to have the house all white but I like colour so I took over decorating with my mum helping me,” Kelly said.
“I got inspiration by looking at other people’s ideas on Instagram and Pinterest and while Steve was doing all the extension work me and my mum were decorating.
“Everything just came together really well.”
When the couple decided to renovate the property they had a budget of £60,000 so they have spent thousands more than planned but Kelly has no regrets.
She said: “We’ve gone over our budget by £40,000 because we splashed out on some more expensive items including £2,000 for a projector and we thought we could change things without having to move the gas meter but in the end we did and that cost £1,500.
“Most people would go to B&Q to keep the costs down but we went all out and it’s worth it.”
The transformation has not only wowed Kelly’s family and friends as she has attracted legions of fans after putting images of the fruits of the couple’s labour on Instagram.
“When I started putting pictures on Instgram people were amazed that I was not an interior designer,” Kelly said.
“Now people are telling me I should do interior designing as a living.
“The house isn’t 100% finished as there are still little things that need doing.
“I’m currently obsessed with pampas grass and I need to get over that as it’ll take over every room in the house!!”
Despite wanting to put finishing touches to every room in the house, there is one that is perfectly finished.
The couple built a bar at the bottom of their garden which was used as a Friday hangout for friends and family before the pandemic began.
Kelly said: “We built the bar from scratch three years and at times there would be as many of 30 of us dancing and drinking in there.
“Transforming our home has been so rewarding.”