The couple reveal how they transformed their dilapidated home in 18 months without professional help
A couple revealed how they doubled the value of their home by investing £ 60,000 in renovation works that they performed largely on their own.
Jaime Craven, 29, and her husband Jack, 28, bought the dilapidated Staffordshire property in December 2017 for £ 295,000 and estimate that the family home will be worth somewhere in the region of £ 600.00 once the makeover is complete.
Jaime, a mother of two, told FEMAIL that she and Jack, who run their own children’s physical education company, recognized that buying the property was a way to get their foot on the ladder in a highly sought after area which she otherwise could not afford.
After making minor changes to make the house livable for the first 18 months, the couple began major construction work in March 2019, including adding a second floor, replacing the roof and installing the front of the house with large modern glass doors worth £ 13,000.
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Now: the open living room. Jaime Craven, 29, and her husband Jack, 28, bought the dilapidated Staffordshire property in December 2017 for £ 295,000 and estimate that the family home will be worth £ 600.00 somewhere in the region once the makeover is complete
Then: the kitchen in the dilapidated bungalow. Jaime shared how they doubled the value of the house by investing £ 60,000 in renovation works that they carried out largely on their own
Fixer Upper: The property shortly after it was bought by Jack and Jaime. Their house was rented and had been on the market for several years before being picked up by Jaime and Jack. The house was originally listed at £ 345,000, but fell to £ 325,000. The couple made a ‘cheeky offer’ of £ 295,000 and had it accepted
Modern family home: A green velvet chair is located in a cozy corner of the family home. Jack and Jaime saved money by doing many of the renovation and decorating work themselves
Jaime and Jack have replaced the small, outdated rooms with a large open-plan living space and added two bedrooms to create a five-bedroom home that offers them enough space for daughters Mila, four, and Penny, two.
In conversation with FEMAIL about the transformation, Jaime, who documents their progress Instagram, said, “We didn’t really have a plan when we started, we just knew we wanted to be the ones to turn this house around.
“We had always wanted to live in this area, but we could never afford the buildings here. This was a great route for us to be at this location. ‘
The couple is an experienced renovator who bought their first fixative at the age of 23 and 24.
Jaime continued, “This is our fourth project. We started in 2014 with a repossessed apartment. We had no idea what we were doing, but we did!
Work in progress: this beautiful family bathroom has a modern bath and tile floors. Jaime shares the photo on Instagram, saying there is still work to be done
Need work: The property was rented before the family moved in. Pictured, the house before Jack and Jaime started their major renovation work
Enchanting Attraction: Major construction work began in March 2019, including adding a second floor, replacing the roof and installing the front of the house with large, modern glass doors worth £ 13,000. Pictured, the beautiful house seen from the street
Big undertaking: the 1970s bungalow before the couple started their construction work
“We have refurbished the light and now we rent it out. After the first purchase, we bought two more houses and renovated them both while we lived in them and gained a lot of experience during that time. That really woke us up when we decided to start this project. ‘
Their current home was rented and had been on the market for several years before being picked up by Jaime and Jack. The house was originally listed at £ 345,000, but fell to £ 325,000. The couple made a ‘cheeky offer’ of £ 295,000 and had it accepted.
“Unfortunately, the tenants had not taken care of the land or house and lived there with different animals,” Jaime explained, recalling the condition of the property when they first moved in. “The house was in very bad shape, certainly not suitable for our young family as our oldest was only two at the time.
‘We bought the house and got the keys on December 21, 2017, it was a very stressful day as my husband had a car accident the morning of our move and I was seven months pregnant with my second daughter.
Work in progress: a photo of the house during construction, with the entire roof replaced
Extra space: The couple has added two bedrooms and a second floor to create more space
“But he still managed to thoroughly clean the property, replace all the floors and repaint, ready for us to move in on Christmas Eve, it really was a few hectic days.”
Work started seriously 14 months ago, starting with adding an extension to the back of the house before replacing the roof and facade.
These jobs were done by a professional because the couple wanted to make sure they were ‘waterproof and safe’.
“When that was finished, we had four exterior walls, no electricity, no gas, and no water. My father rewired the property and my father-in-law was a great help to my husband when I took care of our children.
“He is also very experienced, but has never had a makeover. Most evenings, my husband and I spent our time doing odd jobs like moving debris, building walls, leveling floors, drywall, tililng … the list goes on. ‘
Clear and clean: a photo of the spacious hallway with a striking black and white color scheme
Suitable for a princess! An adorable bedroom for one of Jaime and Jack’s two little girls
Chic: A photo shared on Instagram with a stylish corner of the house
Jaime explained that they are still working on the house and are currently adding a balcony that runs the full length of the house to add a real ‘wow factor’. She’s also a “ head decorator and bargain hunter, ” and has decorated the house with completely second-hand purchases, except the glass fireplace.
She added: “We are very happy with how it looks, it is modern but homey. The children have a lot of space and our dear neighbors are so happy that we turned it around.
“We have more work to do, but sometimes we can’t believe the house we live in!
“We are very proud of ourselves. Our first flat cost £ 70,000 five years ago because that’s all we could afford, now we live in a £ 600,000 house. ‘
The family has no plans to sell, but said “if someone offers the right money,” they are never afraid to move.
Jaime, who offered her advice to other potential renovators, added: ‘People can often achieve more than they ever dream if they just go for it! This has always been for us to give the kids a great life and that is what has always motivated us. ‘