The owners of this mid-terrace, three-bed house in County Durham have lived there for 17 years. The couple, a teacher and IT worker bought the house just after they got married.
‘We took two steps inside and just knew it was for us, even though it needed a lot of work. We’d just got married and neither of us had any experience of renovating houses.’
There was woodchip everywhere, which took ages to remove and the colour schemes were quite dated, but they loved its character and could see the potential of the house. ‘Once we started removing the wallpar we knew we’d need to re-skim all the walls as big chunks of plaster were falling off.’
The kitchen needed the most work, so about eight years ago the owners built an extension to create a large kitchen-diner. ‘Looking back, it was definitely the rght decision as this space is lovely and light, with French windows opening out to the garden plus two skylights above,’ they say.
The open-plan space is perfect for the family to get together and they spend most of their time in there. ‘When it came to the decor I wanted a neutral backdrop tos the rooms would flow well together.’
The owners have used white throughout their home, which makes it easy to move things around or introduce accent colours for a different look.
'Although we orginally thought we'd only be here for about five years or so, we've actually stuck around for 17! The more we worked on the place, the more we grew to love it and it became harder t even think about letting it go.'