A couple have managed to double the value of their house to £2million after renovating it.
Mum Tracey Gill and her husband bought the house in a small village near East Sussex back in 2016.
They have been transforming it ever since, and it's certainly been worth the time, money and DIY effort as they've doubled the value of the property.
Tracey says her husband gave her a fairly wide brief when house-hunting.
According to the Mirror, she said: “Find a house ripe for transformation in the prettiest location. I knew I could change any house we bought so the important factor was the land and location.”
The couple bought their house for £1.025million.
It dates back to 1730 in places and had low ceilings – not ideal for Tracey's 6ft 4in husband.
Talking about the state they bought it in, the mum-of-two continued: “It was covered in cream pebble dash with concrete roof tiles, a north facing conservatory on the front of the house, modern leaded light windows, low ceilings, dark rooms, artexed walls, cheap fittings, decades old carpets, pink shag pile in the bathroom and an unimaginative extension put on in 2000.
“However, the gardens were beautiful and well stocked with a 2 acre field bound by a stream, hedgerows all around (no fences), up a track which gives access to just 2 other properties and pin drop quiet! When the trees are in full leaf I cannot see any other property from any window.”
The pair estimated that the build would last between six and nine months, but it ended up taking 14, with Tracey living on site the whole time.
Instead of sitting back and let the builders get on with it, the mum decided to get involved herself, with the entire project costing £360,000.
She wanted to created a New England-style home, via Texas and the Deep South, and has shared her makeover results over on on her Instagram page.
Tracey continued: “I designed the house before we moved in and then got an architect to do the drawings and put it into planning.
"I employed the trades direct on a day rate, ran all the materials myself, project managed on site everyday and never employed a single decorator."
Tracey went on a spray painting course, and spent so many hours up and down scaffolding she lost a stone in weight without trying.
She also decided to learn how to tile herself and did a couple of showers, as well as the mud room and cloakroom floor.
To kit out the home, the mum sourced a lot of her finds on eBay, and then re-painted and repurposed them to go with her new look.
She also used her existing fridge and range cooker – but painted them to match her new colour scheme.
Tracey even built a veranda, saying she used the cheapest bricks she could find and then created German Smear-style finish to create a light surface.
For the furniture, she had many items in storage, which she has bought from auctions over the years.
She also fitted electric gates, widened the driveway and created a log store.
However, despite the house now being valued at £2million, Tracey says she’ll never think she’ll be done.
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She concluded: “I don't think I will ever be able to say I have completely finished with the property as a whole as I am constantly updating, refreshing, developing the whole site. I have 3 acres to play with.”
Meanwhile it was also recently revealed that the 'UK's cheapest house' is set to go on auction with guide price of £0.
The mid-terrace house in the heart of Wales will provide bargain hunters with a big renovation project when it goes to auction though.
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