A DIY aficionado has appear how she added £115,000 to the amount of her two-bed cottage – all by spending aloof beneath £11,000.
Self-styled ‘DIY-Educator’ Emma Downer has spent the aftermost four years accomplishing up her cottage, administration the highlights of her adventure to her 315,000 TikTok followers.
The 35-year-old Bristolian bought the 19th Century cottage for £210,750 aback it was in acute charge of renovation.
The abode is now unrecognisable afterwards she got to assignment on her basement, hallway, kitchen, ablution and home office.
Emma spent 80 canicule transforming the dingy, bare basement into a cosy atom to abundance her accoutrement and arctic out.
This is her better activity to date in her home advance journey, but she still kept costs bottomward to £800 by award actual online for chargeless and accomplishing all the plasterboard, plastering and radiator applicable herself.
As able-bodied as extenuative money, she has best up a lot of abilities on the way.
‘I started that aftermost year and because there were lots of altered abilities that I hadn’t done afore so it took a lot of research, it was abundant slower,’ Emma says.
‘I was accomplishing actuality that was sometimes absolutely far out of my abundance area so I had to assignment up to that stuff.
‘I would try hardly easier things and again already I knew I could do that I would move on to hardly harder things.’
Her pride and joy is the Minton circuitous tiled attic in her hallway, for which she adequate by application aboriginal tiles she snagged from eBay for £750 – a acceptable amount for these tiles which can aback bags of pounds.
Emma recalls: ‘I was on anniversary in Tanzania and I was aggravating to buy these attic tiles on Ebay at the bus stop afore we went up the mountain.
‘I adequate the attic and it was absolutely time-consuming but rewarding, the tiles were circuitous appearance and they can be absolutely expensive.
‘I acclimated the attic in added areas of my abode so all-embracing for the tiling in the alley I would say I alone acclimated about £400 of that flooring.’
She additionally revitalised the ablution with tiling, plumbing, painting, and acclimation the aboriginal floorboards for aloof £3,200, which complex installing a £2,000 solid casting adamant clawfoot bathtub, too.
In the aback garden, Emma gutted and repainted, abacus a afford and hot tub.
She additionally adapted the absolutely gutted carapace of a kitchen into a kitsch country anchorage complete with arbitrary ablaze fitting.
The kitchen advance amount £5,700 – abundant beneath than it usually would – as she congenital the worktops, adapted extractor fans, and had the boiler confused to accomplish space.
Emma’s DIY abilities are absolutely self-taught. She absitively to allotment her abilities on amusing media afterwards award out how acceptable it is to ‘do things you don’t anticipate are possible.’
She’s faced a lot of scepticism about her adeptness to do assertive things, like install her amount runner, but hasn’t let that stop her.
Emma says: ‘I acquainted like I accomplished that in the face of affliction and at the end aback it was done anybody said wow you absolutely did do a acceptable job there.
‘They were afraid but abundantly afraid that it formed out well.’
Her aim now is to animate others forth their DIY journey, with hacks, how-to’s and afore and afterwards advance videos.
She says: ‘If you are accommodating to accord painting and decorating a go that can save you a lot of money.’
You can alpha small, by acquirements how to example, for example, allowance you to adhere pictures on your bank or assuredly arise your TV.
Above all, Emma wants bodies to alpha area they feel comfortable.
She explains: ‘When bodies see what others do online they anticipate they could never get there because it feels so far abroad from area they are at.
‘I consistently like to admonish bodies that that was me, that was how I felt, I saw added bodies accomplishing actuality and anticipation I could never do that.
‘But already you alpha area you feel adequate you body aplomb in yourself because you prove to yourself that you can do it and already you accept that it makes you analytical about what abroad you could do and that is how the accomplishment gets built.
‘Once you accept acquired a assertive akin of accomplishment it is amazing how bound that akin of accomplishment rises already you accept the basics.’
Bathroom, abounding renovation: about £3200. Would accept been a lot cheaper if it were not for the casting adamant ablution bureaucracy which was over £2000, added costs accommodate tiles, paint, bore unit, taps, radiator, the bore Emma begin active in the garden, she reused the floorboards that were already there.
Kitchen: £5700 including kitchen unit, oak worktops, affective the boiler, paint, extractor fan, tiles, attic tiles, asphalt adhesive, abetment boards, ablaze fixture, baking tap, sink.
Hallway: £750. Got the tiles cheaply from Ebay, added costs are MDF for panelling that B&Q will cut to admeasurement for you, paint, asphalt adhesive, grout, asphalt abetment boards.
Basement refurb: £800 Abstracts include, plaster, plasterboard, wood, MDF, sand, cement, tanking fluid, paint, radiator, Emma best up plyboard that was activity chargeless from a abode nearby. Storage units she got for free.
Office Cupboards: £400 fabricated to fit by Emma, abstracts are MDF, paint, varnish, handles, drawer runners, architrave. The acrylic was able as allotment of a business affiliation and would accept amount an added £100.
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