A North Saffordshire house – which used to be a tearoom in the early 1900s – has undergone an amazing transformation after being featured on a popular TV programme.
The house – in Stone – was featured on the BBC daytime show Homes Under the Hammer and saw three generations of the same family transform the two bedroom property into a stunning home.
Host Dion Dublin visited the end terrace in April 2018, when the property went to auction with a guide price of £75,000. However, at the auction railway worker Mark – who renovates property in his spare time – bought it for £92,000.
Mark’s family – including his dad, son and wife – all helped in the renovation of the house which included moving the dingy downstairs bathroom upstairs, putting a utility room in its place.
The family also installed a new kitchen and built a porch on the front of the house, which was already double glazed and had central heating.
They knocked out an old fireplace and put damp course into the house which had damp downstairs.
Amazingly Mark – who attended the auction with his son, Jake – didn’t view the inside of the property before he bought it.
And, whilst renovating it, he also found an old cellar.
Mark said: “My dad is a retired central heating expert so he was here quite a lot, my son is a plasterer and bricklayer and my wife painted it, so they were here quite a lot too.”
Six months after starting the renovation project, a valuation expert from Butters John Bee, estimated the property to worth in the region of £135,000 to £145,000 – which meant Mark saw a pre-tax profit of £41,000.
Asked by Dion Dublin what advice he would give to other people thinking of renovating a property, Mark replied: “Make sure you have a look at it before you buy it!”