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.
2/10 Living room
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.
3/10 Living room fireplace
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.
4/10 Dining room
One of the owners restores furniture for a living. 'Our table and chairs were a bargain. I upcycled them using eggshell paint and reupholstered the padded seats.'
The couple kept the kitchen quite plain with white units and brick-style tiles but added character with a rustic beech worktop. 'Pastel blue accessories, such as our retro fridge and the floor tiles, add country charm,' says the owner.
6/10 Main bedroom
The couple built the wardrobes themselves, which helped to create a tidy, restful space. The bedroom has a soothing neutral scheme and the owner completely restored the bed, which makes a beautiful focal point.
7/10 Loft extension
This ladder in the spare bedroom leads up to the owner's sewing room and gives them an extra space without doing a full loft conversion.
8/10 Sewing room
As they couldn't afford to convert the loft in their home, the owners turned the space into a sewing room. Complete with a desk for working and a shelving unit for storing fabric and other accessories, it's the perfect spot for a bit of crafting.
In the bathroom the couple mixed up the look with rustic details like the flooring and cabinet. The roll top bath finishes off the look perfectly.
10/10 Courtyard garden
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.
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Amy Hodge has been working on interiors magazines for over 11 years. She's a freelance writer and sub editor who has worked for some of the UK's leading interiors magazines including Ideal Home, Style at Home and Country Homes & Interiors. She started at Style at Home just after it launched as food editor and is now chief sub editor for Ideal Home, Style at Home and Country Homes & Interiors.
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