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Mum adds £125k to ‘hoarder house’ value in DIY transformation


The area is unrecognisable from when the household bought the house in 2019 (Image: Lottie Fotheringham)

When Lottie Fotheringham, 39, purchased her residence in 2019 it was in a sorry state.

The make-up artist, from Stamford in Lincolnshire, paid £160,000 for the property, which was stuffed with particles and wanted a large makeover.

Nonetheless, the dimensions of the job didn’t section Lottie and her companion Michael Winder, 36, who’ve remodeled the place into a surprising, trendy haven.

‘The ex council house was built in 1951 and hadn’t been modernised since,’ Lottie instructed Metro.co.uk. ‘Same heating system (gas boxes on the wall) and same electrics.’

She continued: ‘The guy we bought it off was a hoarder, so he left the house full of stuff – satin sheets on a bed even a McDonald’s on a espresso desk.

‘It was filthy. It was the worst house I’d ever been in.

‘You couldn’t even get within the backyard, it was so overgrown with brambles. It took two months to empty the home of issues and clear the backyard.’

The lounge once they first purchased the place (Image: Lottie Fotheringham)
It’s now been fully remodeled into a snug and trendy area (Image: Lottie Fotheringham)

It was a giant undertaking, and Lottie says that they ‘only kept the brick walls’ and that ‘everything else went’.

She and actor Micheal wished to do the vast majority of the work themselves to maintain prices down, beginning out by ripping down the ceilings and insulating between them to enhance vitality effectivity and soundproof.

Lottie says the house was ‘filthy’ (Image: Lottie Fotheringham)
It’s now a lot brighter, as you may see (Image: Lottie Fotheringham)

The unique floorboards had been then sanded down and work started on extending the home.

Lottie stated: ‘We did a double storey facet extension and a again extension, new heating system, rewired, replastered.

Mum-of-three Lottie stated it was ‘the worst house [she’d] ever been in’ (Image: Lottie Fotheringham)
It took Lottie and companion Micheal two months to clear the particles in the home and overgrown brambles within the backyard (Image: Lottie Fotheringham)
All the pieces however the partitions had been pulled down as a part of the works (Image: Lottie Fotheringham)

‘We moved the kitchen and put in a brand new one, added new loos, added an ensuite rest room, one other bed room, eating space, utility and cloakroom.

‘We even put a new roof on. We basically did everything!’

One of many bedrooms earlier than (Image: Lottie Fotheringham)
And after, with authentic floorboards and an on-trend glass tiled wall partition (Image: Lottie Fotheringham)

In complete, they spent £150,000 on the overhaul, which totals at £310,000 if you embody the value of the home.

‘We’ve had it valued at £435,000, so have added round £125,000 worth,’ stated Lottie. ‘We did lots of work ourselves to keep costs down.’

The house beforehand hadn’t been up to date for the reason that Fifties (Image: Lottie Fotheringham)
It was a giant job for the household, who lived elsewhere till the constructing was full (Image: Lottie Fotheringham)
Their new rest room, in heat and welcoming hues (Image: Lottie Fotheringham)

Lottie and Micheal, who doc their interiors and decor stylings on Instagram as Renovation Rathouse, additionally had their twin boys Florian and Gabriel, 3, and 6-year-old Arlo in tow all through the works.

It was a sacrifice to threat buying a home they couldn’t reside in with three younger youngsters, however one which was actually price it for the household.

Lottie stated: ‘It’s a really mild, modern feeling residence with open plan dwelling. The circulate is ideal. 

‘It’s our dream residence inside, however now we’ve caught the bug so it’s time for the subsequent one.

‘The feeling of finally moving in was incredible. The boys loved it as they visited everyday as the house was being done so couldn’t watch for it to be completed.’

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