Liv Madeline, the face of home improvement account Renovating Chez Nous, shares insight into her experience of slowly renovating a former council flat in north London. After buying the 1950s property, last renovated in the 1980s, she and her partner Rob set out to demolish the house themselves.
After spending £295,000 on the Zone 4, two-storey, two-bedroom house, the couple were left with no cash to pay upfront for a full renovation of the extremely dated and even unsafe home.
The couple were quoted between £50,000 and £60,000 to renovate the house, which they could not afford.
The couple decided to renovate without getting another word loan, pledging to do most of the work themselves.
For Liv, that included creating her dream living room, comfortable and perfect for watching movies.
She had the idea of creating alcoves and a fake fireplace around an electric fire in the living room.
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Liv said: “I just made it up myself. When the plasters arrived I basically drew exactly how I wanted the walls to look.
“So he put in the beams, I came the next day and the beams looked perfect.
“Then he came the next day with drywall and just plastered it and that was it.”
One follower called the work “the best before and after I’ve ever seen.”
Another said: “What an incredible difference! Incredible.”
“In modern houses where you have cables and pipes, everything is under the floor or combined in the walls, but with this property, everything was fixed to the wall so that you could see the pipes on the walls, the electrical wires on the walls, which weren’t It’s very dangerous,” Liv explained.
She said, “I can’t even tell you how many times I cried, but it’s okay now and I’m happy.”
Another couple renovating a house have shared a spectacular DIY bathroom renovation which cost just £1200.
After moving into their new home last year, Charlotte Reynolds and Mitchell Shergold decided to renovate the whole house, posting photos with updates of the revamp on the couple’s Instagram page.