Couple transform cottage into dream home for £3k in bargain property makeover
A DIY couple spent just £3,000 transforming an old cottage into their dream home – and it even has a freestanding bath tub.
Jane Simpson, 46, and husband Mark, 49, decided to give their property a complete makeover when they realised it hadn’t been updated for 15 years.
So the couple scoured the internet and second-hand shops for materials and furniture to use in the £190,000 house, finding a number of steals – including a freestanding bath.
They then worked tirelessly on the project for nearly a year, devoting every spare moment and doing most of the work themselves – while both also holding down full-time jobs.
And the pair, from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, say they are not finished yet, with the garden area and a pizza oven next on the to-do list.
Jane said: “Mark’s the real driving force behind the renovation, I could never have imagined it looking like it does.
“The cottage hadn’t been decorated or changed for around 15 years and had been empty for three years before we moved in.”
The pièce de résistance is the impressive loft conversion, where husband Mark did most of the work – including installing a freestanding tub.
She said: “I’d seen a picture of a hotel room with a bath and thought it would be nice to have that. The actual plumbing wasn’t too much of an issue for Mark, the hardest part he said was getting the bath up the stairs!
“We bought the bath from Facebook Marketplace and the wooden stairs were also second-hand. Mark brought them home on the top of the van!
“Only the bed, mattress, bedding and flooring was bought new but we got those in the sales.”
The couple have also renovated the family bathroom in the cottage.
They replaced an old turquoise bath, sink and toilet with a sleek and modern new stone tiled effect wet room style space with a walk-in shower.
And they turned one of the other bedrooms in the property from an old tired textured wallpaper space into a charming new grey themed bedroom, complete with its own en suite that was created from an adjacent box room space.
Jane continued: “Mark’s an electrician but can do most other things. Working on building sites means he’s been able to ask tradesmen to come and look around the property and tell him what he needed to do.
“Some areas of the home were already to building standards, for instance the joists, so they didn’t need reinforcing, which would have been difficult for us.
“Mark watched loads of tutorials on YouTube to help him learn how to do things. They’re really useful.”
Dog kennel worker Jane said her favourite space in the house is now the master bedroom, situated in the new attic. She has also shared some words of advice for anyone thinking of renovating their own home.
She said: “Be sure to follow loads of DIY pages on social media.
“Not only are they fab for tips and ideas but they’re also great for reminding you it’s all worth it in the end! The worst thing is the constant dust throughout the house.”
Jane and Mark say they are by no means finished with their project and want to carry on renovating the house and garden area.
She said: “We’ve got about seven rooms left to do and Mark’s already started on his next project. He’s also building an outside bar with a pizza oven in the garden for the summer.”
Sharing their before and after shots on Facebook, posters were suitably impressed with the transformation of the home – and with Mark.
One woman wrote: “I’m leaving my kids to live with u!” [sic]
“OMG!! Can we clone your husband because we all want one… it’s fabulous,” added another user.
While a third member added: “Attic goals.”