When buying someone else's house you may come across issues such as space or poor energy efficiency and face inheriting the previous owners problems such as damp, poor decorating choices or a layout that doesn't meet your needs.
One way of mitigating this is to renovate a house you have just bought, but it may be expensive to pay for such improvements once you have already paid the deposit and stamp duty especially as high house values and stubborn sellers mean the cost of renovating plus some profit in reward for your efforts is rarely built into asking prices.
For those of you who want to build your own house here are a few examples of my previous projects, working closely with each client I was able to ensure that their dreams of a new home were turned into reality!
If you require plans drawn to obtain Planning Service or Building Control approvals please contact me.
Donaghadee (Two replacement seaside dwellings)
I'm delighted to say one of my projects was featured in the SelfBuild and Improve Your Home Magazine!
To read a personal account of my client's journey CLICK HERE and refer to pages 25 to 34)
I'm delighted to have this project featured in the 2015 Autumn Edition of SelfBuild and Improve Your Home Magazine!
The original bungalows
View from the Beach showing the two new houses along a seaside path.
What an amazing transformation!
As the sun sets, the houses are looking great.
Steps from the family room / kitchen leading to the garden and the seashore. Great place to entertain family, perhaps a barbecue?
The family room which is open plan to the dining and kitchen with floor to ceiling glass.
The family room which is open plan to the dining and kitchen and leading onto the balcony.
Millisle (Replacement seaside dwelling)
Holywood Road, Belfast (housing development)
This is going to be the new entrance
The overgrown site before work began.
The electronic gates leading to the new development
Ballyclare Railway Cottage.
Members of the Sloan Family having their photo taken before the old "railway cottage" was demolished.
Designed in the style of a traditional railway cottage, the new cottage is located beside the old Newtownabbey to Ballyclare branch line.
Similar to how the railway cottages use to look, using contrasting brick detailing gave the cottage a traditional feel which my clients were delighted with.