The Beginning

We always knew we wanted a "project house". Ideally we wanted a period property with potential but we just had to find the one.

 After a few months of searching we found Number 18; an Edwardian terraced house on a no-through road. It had been rented for the past 12 years so it was looking tired and was in serious need of modernisation. Perfect for us so we snapped it up!

 I'll take you on a tour of how the house looked when we bought it. 

The front of the house with 80's aluminium windows and uPVC front door. But it did have original pathway tiles!

The living room was a bedroom. It was drafty and smelled damp. Lovely bedding eh? Check out those curtains!

The dining room was the living room and the kitchen was a delightful 90's baked-bean orange colour! Yummy.

Conservatory at the rear

A decent sized garden and potential to do a side return kitchen extension

The bathroom was split in two with a shower room and a separate WC

The landing with lovely brown carpet

The front bedroom complete with brown curtains, sticky navy carpet and built-in wardrobes

A converted loft bedroom with an old-style Velux window.

While we were hunting, we got to know our estate agent and struck up a rapport with him. In doing this, he got to know us personally and understood what we were looking for. He sent us the link to this house a few days before it went on the market so we got to see it before anyone else and had a chance to consider before putting an offer in. Be nice to your estate agents and get them onside!
I think when you are looking at buying a property to renovate, you have to be quite open-minded. Look past the ugly features and you will see the original house underneath just waiting to be revealed. We couldn't wait to get cracking and put some character back! 

Some tips if you are property hunting
  • Be clear on what you want in a house
  • Make the effort to personally get to know the estate agents
  • Try to be open minded and see the potential in the property
  • Don't be bullied into anything
  • Have "the vision" (what it will look like after renovation)
  • Try and find the worst house on the best street
  • Know your budget
Happy hunting!

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