A North Staffordshire property has become one of the latest to feature on the popular TV series Homes Under The Hammer after being transformed with a £19,000 makeover.
Electrical engineer Steve and nursing assistant Theresa snapped up the prefabricated bungalow, in Chesterton, at auction for just £63,500.
Now it has been completely modernised into an open plan home, and the couple have moved in.
And they have made a profit of £17,500 after the one-bedroom property was valued at £100,000 by estate agents Butters John Bee.
Steve is semi retired and says they bought the bungalow as it was time they ‘stopped walking up and down the stairs’.
And they weren’t put off by the property being of ‘none standard construction’ as they plan to stay in the bungalow until ‘day’s end’.
Steve said: “It’s got no stairs, my knees are shot. Theresa’s knees are shot and it’s time we stopped walking up and down the stairs.
“The price is good, it is is close to the kids, we don’t want to move out of the area, we’ve both got kids and grandchildren and they’re all local to this place so we didn’t really want to move out too far.
“I think the only thing with none standard build is selling it, and if we’re going live in it till day’s end, it doesn’t matter, the kids have got sell it.”
Steve and Theresa wanted to create an open plan space in their new home that was big enough to fit all of the family.
Steve said: “We’re going to gut it, we like open plan, we’re taking the two bedrooms and making it into one, with an en suite and open plan the rest of it as a living area.
“The kitchen window will come out and become French doors. The bathroom comes out and gives us an extra window for in the kitchen, and the bathroom gets pushed over into the corner and we can reduce the bathroom because it’s going to be an en suite which gives us a big bedroom.
“Then to the side, we’re building a lean to if you like, a utility, with an extra toilet for when the grandchildren come. There’ll be plenty of room when they all come at Christmas, we’ve got a lovely big area where all the family can be.”
The couple set a budget of £10,000 for the project, but went over by £9,000.
However they say they are ‘pleased and proud of what they achieved’.
Theresa said: “We’re pleased and proud of what we’ve done now.
“With us both having families from previous relationships, we could never get a big enough kitchen diner where everyone could get together, so if we were in the kitchen, half of them were in the living room and then they were coming in and you’d always be in different rooms.
“So that’s really what I was looking for, I wanted one big massive space so no matter who came, the grandchildren you can keep an eye on them, we could eat, we could cook, and the grandchildren can cook with me and bake. So that’s what I was looking for.
“And an island, I wanted an island more than anything so Steve promised that’s what it will be and that’s what he’s done and I’ve got my wish now.
“It’s lovely, I couldn’t wish for anything better. Every thing’s perfect. I was counting the budget last night and it was just under £19,000, but that’s pretty much everything done.
“I did pretty good really. Now we can just sit and relax.”
And Steve added: “That’s what we’ve done it for, to relax. If she lets me.”
When TV presenter Dion Dublin first visited the house, he said the property needed ‘modernising throughout’. Returning to see the finished project, he added: “Now that’s what I call a transformation.”
Viewers can catch up with the programme on BBC iPlayer.