A mother-of-one has revealed how she more than doubled the price of her home thanks to an extension and an incredible makeover to turn the dated property into a modern family home.
Angela Bamforth purchased her home in Bramhall, Cheshire, for £275,000, but thanks to the work she put in, just a few years later it was valued at £590,000.
Angela, who lives in the home with her nine-year-old daughter, Cara, and dog Mylo, managed to turn the two-bedroom house into a four-bedroom property complete with a home gym, playroom and walk-in wardrobe.
‘I planned the renovation by firstly living in the house for a while,’ Angela, who works as an interior designer said.
‘You then have a really clear idea of how you’re going to use the space, what’s necessary and what are “would like to haves”.
‘I also collected images from magazines and Pinterest.’
Angela, who bought the home in 2015, wanted a boot room/utility to come into with a muddy dog, a separate laundry/downstairs WC and a bigger hallway.
Upstairs she wanted four bedrooms with a walk-in wardrobe and en-suite.
The mother spent approximately £140,000 including the landscaping of the garden and the driveway, with the hardest part of the renovation juggling late nights in-between work.
She said: ‘The late nights were not something I enjoyed very much.
‘Also, every interior designer would agree that it’s so hard deciding on things for yourself.
‘I probably had at least ten different looks for every room and so I found making the final decisions really difficult.’
She set about drawing up plans before handing them to an architect, along with images of the type of extension she wanted, which she notes was essentially a clad and rendered box.
Angela added: ‘I also employed a builder on a shell only contract and used other tradespeople to carry out electrics, joinery, plumbing, and plastering.’
The designer said she’s achieved her aim of creating a contemporary, practical family home that isn’t showy or ‘high end’ but is just a great place to live in.
She said: ‘The original floor plan had a ground floor dining extension and a side extension, which was a very narrow utility-type space off the kitchen and a WC to the back.
‘The toilet felt like it was outside because it was always freezing cold and you essentially went out of the back door to get to it.
‘My idea was to extend to the front by 1.5m, creating the space for a generous feeling hallway, and for the WC and utility/boot room.
‘Then extending to the rear to create two more bedrooms and an en-suite, filling into the back of the existing garage for the gym and playroom.
‘Because the master bedroom spanned the whole house originally, we could afford to take some of its space for a walk-in wardrobe for the new master bedroom, while still having a good-sized bedroom to the front.’
Angela can’t get enough of her new home.
She said: ‘I love our home and I’m proud of what I’ve achieved.
‘It’ll always be a work in progress, as I just can’t help myself. I always have plans for things to do but that’s just because of the job I do.
‘I get to see a lot of lovely things all the time.
‘It’s really hard for me to pick a favourite room in the house as I love them all for different reasons. I really like the lounge because it’s so snug and cocooning, and the en-suite because it reminds me of smart hotel bathrooms.
‘The kitchen/dining space is where we spend the most time and I love sliding open the doors in nice weather and having the outside in.’
The interior designer is looking forward to having family and friends over after lockdown to show off her newly-transformed pad.
She added: ‘I can’t wait to have people over after lockdown, I’m sure everyone feels the same.
‘Covid has highlighted that home is really important, and can certainly affect our wellbeing.’
To anyone else thinking of renovating their own home, Angela said: ‘Live in your home for a while before you start the work.
‘Think about what’s really important to you so that space flows really well.
‘As an example, we have a boot/mud room accessed from a side door. It’s invaluable at this time of year when we bring Mylo home after a muddy walk.
‘Also, be very realistic with your budget and have a generous contingency.
‘You will spend more as there are always unexpected things that crop up.
‘Landscaping costs way more than you think, so get that budgeted in at the start.’