Couple transform their Georgian-style property into a modern family home for under £60,000

DIY savvy couple transform their dated Georgian-style property for £55,000 in their spare time – and add £352,000 to the value

A couple have added over £350,000 to the value of their property after spending less than £60,000 transforming the Georgian-style house into a modern family home.

Becky Nevitt, 32, a company director from Cheshire, and her husband, Steve, 33, purchased the five-bedroom, four-bathroom, detached property for £428,000 in October 2018.

They spent one year transforming the space into a family home for their three children – Ethan, 11, Mason, 8, and Harry, 5, on a tight budget and believe they’ve added £352,000 to the value of the property.

‘We completed almost all of the work ourselves around our full-time jobs and young family on the weekends and evenings,’ Becky said.

Becky Nevitt, 32, a company director from Cheshire, spent a year renovating her Georgian-style home

Becky Nevitt, 32, a company director from Cheshire, spent a year renovating her Georgian-style home

‘I instantly saw the potential with the house on the first viewing, as I could see that it would give our family lots of space to grow into.

‘As it was quite a blank canvas, I was excited to make it our own.

‘I wanted the house to have a timeless, classic feel throughout, which complemented the Georgian-style features.’

The couple, who had already renovated three previous properties, began by reconfiguring the downstairs layout, where they removed a wall to create an open-plan space. 

Becky and husband Steve, 33, originally bought the property in October 2018 for £428,000

Becky and husband Steve, 33, originally bought the property in October 2018 for £428,000

The house is a five-bedroom, four-bathroom, detached property and has been transformed into a modern family home

The house is a five-bedroom, four-bathroom, detached property and has been transformed into a modern family home

They coupe believe they have added £352,000 to the value of the property - with its price now estimated to stand at £780,000

They coupe believe they have added £352,000 to the value of the property – with its price now estimated to stand at £780,000

The couple refreshed the walls with coats of neutral-toned paint, which they paired with similar-toned carpets

The couple refreshed the walls with coats of neutral-toned paint, which they paired with similar-toned carpets

Becky said: 'I wanted the house to have a timeless, classic feel throughout, which complemented the Georgian-style features.'

Becky said: ‘I wanted the house to have a timeless, classic feel throughout, which complemented the Georgian-style features.’

Becky now regularly shares shots of her home interior and family life on Instagram with her 104,000 followers

Becky now regularly shares shots of her home interior and family life on Instagram with her 104,000 followers

Becky said: ‘We had a builder remove the wall and within this area, we relocated and renewed the kitchen.

Spending £40,000 revamping the kitchen, she said: ‘This was our biggest project, as we had to essentially take away our original kitchen/dining space and family room.

‘We then had to relocate pipes and other fixtures to move the kitchen over to the other side of the room.

‘After this, a new hand-painted kitchen with an island was installed, along with a new oven, hob and other essential amenities.

‘I wanted new flooring, so we added different floor tiles, an antique mirror backsplash and painted the walls, as well as the woodwork.

The couple, who had already renovated three previous properties, began by reconfiguring the downstairs layout

The couple, who had already renovated three previous properties, began by reconfiguring the downstairs layout

For the four bathrooms, which include a master suite, two en-suites and a downstairs toilet, they added new tiling, radiators and paint

For the four bathrooms, which include a master suite, two en-suites and a downstairs toilet, they added new tiling, radiators and paint

They spent £40,000 revamping the kitchen with Becky saying: 'This was our biggest project'

They spent £40,000 revamping the kitchen with Becky saying: ‘This was our biggest project’

They spent one year transforming the space into a family home for their three children - Ethan, 11, Mason, 8, and Harry, 5

They spent one year transforming the space into a family home for their three children – Ethan, 11, Mason, 8, and Harry, 5

In most of the rooms, the pair utilised their DIY skills to create panelling made from dado rail and beading, a form of wooden material, which they purchased from B&Q

In most of the rooms, the pair utilised their DIY skills to create panelling made from dado rail and beading, a form of wooden material, which they purchased from B&Q

‘Finally, we included some new lighting, sockets, coving, ceiling roses, skirting boards and column radiators.

‘This made the space flow much better and made the room the hub of our family home.’

Elsewhere, the couple refreshed the walls with coats of neutral-toned paint, which they paired with similar-toned carpets.

In most of the rooms, they utilised their DIY skills to create panelling made from dado rail and beading, a form of wooden material, which they purchased from B&Q.

Becky explained: ‘We added wall panelling which created interest and a more period feel to the house.

‘My favourite room has to be our formal lounge, as I love the floor-to-ceiling panelling and warm colour on the walls.

‘This is also the room where we relax in the evening once the children are in bed, so it’s a chilled-out space.

‘For all the other rooms, apart from new flooring and being fully painted, we added new furniture, new sockets and door handles throughout.

‘However, most of the rooms only needed cosmetic alterations and styling.’

For the four bathrooms, which include a master suite, two en-suites and a downstairs toilet, they added new tiling, radiators and paint.

In the downstairs WC, they also boxed in old pipework, panelled the walls and added some decorative wallpaper for a pop of colour. 

To utilise all the space within the home, they also converted the second office into a laundry room.

The mum-of-three said: ‘Creating a laundry room on the middle floor has been the most brilliant decision, as the house is over three floors, with most of the bedrooms on the top.

‘It’s been ideal to have the laundry done closer to the bedrooms for putting all the washing away.

‘This was a second office when we bought the house, so we gutted the room and turned it around.

Becky said: 'I found so much inspiration on Instagram and really enjoyed seeing others' content and stories, so I decided to start my own account'

Becky said: ‘I found so much inspiration on Instagram and really enjoyed seeing others’ content and stories, so I decided to start my own account’

She added: ''My husband and I do enjoy a project, so I think we will renovate another home in the future'

She added: ”My husband and I do enjoy a project, so I think we will renovate another home in the future’

‘We’ve added kitchen units, a washer and a dryer. Also, some patterned floor tiles and a traditional wooden ceiling airer.

‘After blocking up a door and moving the radiator, we painted the walls slightly darker and added a curtain to cover the wash basket.’

The couple estimated spent an estimated £55,250 transforming the property and in a recent valuation, claim to have added over £352,000 to its value – now with an estimated price of £780,000.

Becky now regularly shares shots of her home interior and family life on Instagram with her 104,000 followers.

She added: ‘I found so much inspiration on Instagram and really enjoyed seeing others’ content and stories, so I decided to start my own account.

‘Initially, I was only doing DIY and selecting paint colours – I never thought it would be any more than that, so I have been beyond thrilled that people have enjoyed following along.

Becky said: 'I instantly saw the potential with the house on the first viewing, as I could see that it would give our family lots of space to grow into'

Becky said: ‘I instantly saw the potential with the house on the first viewing, as I could see that it would give our family lots of space to grow into’

To utilise all the space within the home, they also converted the second office into a laundry room

To utilise all the space within the home, they also converted the second office into a laundry room

‘My husband and I do enjoy a project, so I think we will renovate another home in the future.

‘But, for now, we want to enjoy where we are and spend time with the children while they are young.

‘It’s a big pressure when doing most of the work ourselves and does impact our family life.

‘My advice to anyone renovating would be to do as much of the work yourself to save on costs and on certain materials where you can.

‘This allows you to invest in the important things, like the kitchen, bathrooms and finishes.

‘Even if this means saving up to do something at a later stage – for example, we only bought blinds and curtains for the bedrooms when we moved in and over time, added what we wanted to finish the other rooms.’

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