Couple discover house value has gone up £86,000 after DIY home renovation

An average-looking property has been given a Scandinavian-style makeover by its DIY-mad owners, and the glow-up has done wonders for the look of the place – and how much it’s worth

A couple have redecorated their “boring” home into a modern Scandinavian-style one with just £12,000 – increasing the value of their property by £86,000.

Amy Gerrard, 28, who works for an IT company, and her partner, Ollie, 24, bought their three-bedroom home in Corsham, Wiltshire in October 2020 for £324,000.

They moved in in around February 2021.

The couple began the renovation process as soon as they moved in, taking took two weeks off work to settle in and get started.

They began in the lounge, installing a Chesney’s log burner, Bath stone hearth and oak mantle beam to jazz up the room.

They also added medium-density fibre shelving and built storage on either side of the fireplace to store their belongings, costing them £5,500.

Over in the main bathroom the couple knocked down a wall and added a free-standing bathtub.

They also re-tiled the wall and floor and replaced their bathtub, sink and toilet, costing £6,800 in total.

For the spare room, they added a black framing headboard for the bed using panelling at £300, and decorated the walls with fashionable mirrors.

Then in the kitchen the couple removed an old chrome splashback and retiled the walls and ceiling.

The couple did a lot of the work themselves but hired a builder for the fireplace installation, as well as a local company to re-landscape their garden.

They set up a large fossil mint sandstone patio, wood planters with a bench, a BBQ area and a private deck at the bottom of the garden, with a firepit.

To keep costs low, Amy decorated the house with affordable items from high street chains, scouring H&M, Dunelm, Next, DFS and Dreams & Bedworld for deals.

The entire renovation and new furniture cost the couple just £12,000 – and they couldn’t be more pleased with the final result.

“The most enjoyable part was seeing my visions coming together in real life,” Amy told news agency Jam Press.

“I was so excited to see my different ideas come to fruition, and it makes all the painting and DIY worth it in the end.

“The most challenging part for me was having to try and purchase furniture and styling accessories online due to us moving during a lockdown.”

The couple estimate the property has now increased in value by £86,000, taking it to around £410,000 – a 25% increase on what they bought it for, and £74,000 of profit.

Giving advice on interior choices, Amy added: “My top tip is to do your research on different style trends that you like.

“There are so many types of home décor out there that one size certainly does not fit all.

“Don’t be afraid to explore colour even if it’s just adding hints of it to an otherwise neutral home and get hands-on.”