A savvy mum has revealed how she completely transformed her “upside house” with one bedroom and one bathroo, into a stunning four bed that many of us could ever dream of owning.
Joanna Lewis, from Kent, purchased the run-down 70s style house in 2018 with hopes to transform it from what neighbours called the “ugliest house on the street” to her dream home – and she didn’t disappoint.
The mum-of-two spent two laborious years renovating it, and eventually moved in with her two young children and fiancé Adam.
When they started the project the couple aimed to give the outdated house a modern twist, whilst trying to stay in keeping with the current square shape.
They wanted to convert the downstairs kitchen, bathroom and bedroom into an open plan kitchen and nursery as well as swapping out the rectangle windows in the living room to make the area appear more spacious and airy.
Once the restoration was complete, Joanna shared the impressive before and after pictures to her Twitter and Instagram and explained: “The ugliest house on the street’ as quoted by a neighbour… Well, not anymore.
“It was an upside down house. Bathroom and 1 bedroom” and that it was… The once red brick house was given a new lease of life with sleek grey and wooden panels, as well as two glass balconies overlooking the sea.
She continued: “We took the wall down between the two and added an extension into the garden. Which is now the kitchen.
“We changed the windows in the living room, from rectangle to square. The house itself was square so we worked with what we had keeping the theme of the house square but modern. After all this is a stepping stone to our forever home. So working with what we had was key.”
“We created a hallway which would lead into one master bedroom, a second bedroom and a shower room.”
And, a year later they even added an extra floor to the house, so that they had “four bedrooms, two bathrooms and two balconies with sea views.”
Joanna added: “Another nursery and our new bedroom [added to that floor]. The original master bedroom below, with the built in wardrobes is now a dressing room.
“This has been finished very recently, still working on furnishing the main room. Sky light above the bed means perfect star gazing at night.
“The house was rendered. Wood added to balcony areas.
“Aluminium fascia was added to the roof and under balconies. Paving on the driveway completed. “
But the house isn’t finished yet apparently – even though it looks the part – as the “electricity box is still to be covered with wood that matches the house” and they”re still unsure whether to paint the wooden panels black.
Fellow diyers praised her amazing transformation with one even saying: “Did you know it down and build a new one? Looks fantastic.”
Another added: “Wow what an amazing transformation”.
And a third commented: “Love this, such an amazing transformation!”