Emotional renovation that was worth all the tears
RENOVATING his childhood home sometimes brought tears to Ian Campbell’s eyes but the end result is exactly what his parents wanted.
“It was very emotional at times but they told me that I must modernise it before I sold it and so that’s what I did,” says Ian.
His mother Betty and father Ken were proud of the property they had built in 1963 and kept it neat as a pin but, as they got much older, interior fashions changed leaving the house looking homely but a little dated.
So when his parents passed away, Ian began his first ever renovation project.
“I was lucky because I asked a friend who does some developing for contacts and so that was really helpful.
“I had the house rewired and put in a new kitchen and new bathrooms,” says Ian, who also redecorated and bought new carpets and curtains.
“I shed a few tears when I cleared the old furniture and furnishings out because I had so many memories of the old overlooking the rear garden and a newly-fitted bathroom.
Stairs lead to a first floor occasional room measuring 15’11 x 9’3 and this has newly-installed Velux windows and access to eaves storage space.
Outside, there is a front garden laid to lawn ajnd a diveway to the side of the house allowing access to the back garden, which has a south-facing rear garden, which is mainly lawned with a storage shed.
The garage has power and light and a large rear storage room/ potting shed.
Ian says: “the work took me 16 weeks and although it wasn’t easy I am really pleased with the way it’s turned out and I know my mum and dad would be very proud. I hope it sells to someone who love it as much as we did. It was a happy house and it’s a real wrench to have to sell it, especially as I’ll be leaving behind wonderful neighbours.”
The bungalow has been transformed into a beautiful modern home with new occasional room in the loft
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