Take a tour of this Victorian semi in Worcestershire

9 images

When the owners first saw this three-bedroom semi-detached house in Worcestershire, they were already in the process of buying another place. ‘Something wasn’t quite right with the one we intended to buy. This house was empty, so you could really appreciate the spaceĀ  and it had lots of gorgeous Victorian features, so I knew we could turn it into a beautiful home. It was exactly what I’d wanted, so we put an offer in straight away.’

The couple, an accountant and account manager, have two young daughters and bought the house in 2010 after it had just been renovated. But they quickly discovered there were many problems that needed fixing before they could start decorating it and making it their home.

‘We soon realised that the house was in a worse condition than we originally thought. It was like a catalogue of disasters and almost every week a new problem cropped up – burst water pipes on Christmas Day, flooding in the downstairs loo and cellar, leaks in the roof and bad wiring to name a few. The rewiring was still being done while I was in hospital having our eldest daughter and I bought her home to bare plaster and ripped up carpets,’ says the owner.

‘Our budget got eaten up by essential and costly remedial works, so all our decorative plans were shelved. At times, we considered just selling the house and moving on. I’m so glad we didn’t, though – five years later, we’ve managed to do all the exciting things we planned and finally have a home that’s perfect for our small family that now includes our other daughter.’

Image credit: Lizzie Orme
Image credit: Lizzie Orme

Ideal Home loves...