The owners bought this two-bed Victorian terraced house in Middlesex in 2013. ‘The house was a 1970s nightmare, with a riot of pine panelling, damp patches, a failing flat roof, crumbling plaster, dated kitchen units and run-down flooring,’ says the owner.
‘Now we’ve replastered the walls and given it a tasteful colour scheme, fitted a raised roof and installed a new kitchen a bathroom.’
The couple weren’t fazed by taking on a house that required a lot of work. The house was in dire need of care and attention, but as the couple are both fairly handy and up for a challenge they didn’t find it too daunting.
They had been struggling to find a period property within their budget, so by choosing somewhere that required renovations, they could add value while putting their own stamp on it.
With the help of their parents, who have plenty of DIY experience, the owners were able to do a lot of the work around the house themselves. In their living area they splashed out on two things – the flooring, which they wanted to suit the age of the house, and the beautiful grey sofa.
When the couple moved in, the woodburner was already there. Not only does it look great but it creates a cosy atmosphere during the winter months. As they couldn’t repair the flooring in the living space, the owners found a flooring design that complemented the age of the house.
The garden had been a bit of a dumping ground during the renovations but when they got round to work on it the couple painted the wall white and the fences a shade of green. By having white brickwork the space seems bigger and they planted climbers which they are growing up the fence to make a pretty floral display.