How we turned our ugly homes into pretty properties

It was all about believing within the potential when Michaela and Ramy first seen this time-worn and outdated home. Seduced by its stunning 4½-acre plot and its clear 360-degree views, they made the choice to maneuver out of London and purchase the property for £610,000.

Though the home was in first rate order, there was a protracted record of upgrades that wanted to occur to show the plain home into their dream residence.

Planning permission took six months, then it took an additional two years to make headway with the revamp, which concerned including a two-storey facet extension, landscaping the backyard, constructing a bespoke hen home, turning an outbuilding right into a studio house, and fully renovating the inside. A handful of vital tradesmen had been pulled in for his or her experience, however a lot of the laborious labour was all the way down to the couple, who labored tirelessly each day.

“We did an unlimited quantity of labor ourselves, and Ramy took a break from full-time employment so he might con­centrate on the challenge,” says Michaela. “It was extraordinarily hectic at occasions. We’d by no means dealt with such an enormous renovation earlier than, so we had rather a lot to study.”

The putting exterior of the home is completely unrecognisable from the dated authentic, with its sturdy powder-coated aluminium home windows and top-to-toe larch cladding, which was purchased from an area provider who sourced the wooden from a sawmill in France.

“Initially, we considered having the partitions rendered,” recollects Michaela. “However then we did an enormous U-turn as a result of we needed one thing extra sympathetic to the encompassing ­panorama. We had been impressed by the wood-cladded properties of Dungeness, in Kent – the ­simplicity of the wooden and the design sitting effortlessly towards a ­barren panorama.”

The cladding took an additional 18 months to get proper, because of the ­complexity of the job and the uneven authentic partitions of the home.

“It was such a problem working with these wonky partitions,” Michaela explains. “There was a variety of blood, sweat and tears. Oh, and we used 58,000 stainless-steel nails.”

The tip result’s unbelievable, and despite the fact that it was an enormous challenge, the ­course of hasn’t put the couple off. They cherished creating the Previous Piggery a lot, they’ve since taken on renovating extra buildings alongside their artistic careers.

‘Passers-by usually cease and discuss to us about it’

Chris and Lily Lamb are 40. Chris is a gastroenterologist and Lily is a GP. They’ve three kids and stay in a village close to ­Newcastle upon Tyne.