Interior designer reveals how she doubled the value of her home

Interior designer reveals how she doubled the value of her home

Mother reveals how she more than DOUBLED the value of her home to £590,000 by turning the two-bedroom house into a four-bedroom property -complete with a home gym and mud room

  • Angela Bamforth, from Bramhall, Cheshire, and has transformed the dated two-bed into a modern property
  • Mother-of-one and interior designer bought her home in 2015 for £275,000 and since renovating it’s now worth more than double, at £590,000 
  • Now boasts home gym, playroom and walk-in wardrobe and landscaped garden
  • Top tip is to leave contingency in your budget for extras because it will always cost more than you think  

A mother-of-one has revealed how she more than doubled the price of her home thanks to an extension and an incredible makeover to turn the dated property into a modern family home. 

Angela Bamforth purchased her home in Bramhall, Cheshire, for £275,000, but thanks to the work she put in, just a few years later it was valued at £590,000.

Angela, who lives in the home with her nine-year-old daughter, Cara, and dog Mylo, managed to turn the two-bedroom house into a four-bedroom property complete with a home gym, playroom and walk-in wardrobe. 

Angela Bamforth purchased her home in Bramhall, Cheshire, for £275,000 (left), but thanks to an extension and a modern makeover, just a few years later it was valued at £590,000 

‘I planned the renovation by firstly living in the house for a while,’ Angela, who works as an interior designer said. 

‘You then have a really clear idea of how you’re going to use the space, what’s necessary and what are “would like to haves”.

‘I also collected images from magazines and Pinterest.’

Angela, who bought the home in 2015, wanted a boot room/utility to come into with a muddy dog, a separate laundry/downstairs WC and a bigger hallway.

Angela spent £140,000 so she could extend her home, and make narrow, poky rooms like the living room (left) bigger. She decorated the room in on-trend dark grey with mustard accents (right) 

The renovations also allowed Angela to extend and have more fun decorating her bathroom (pictured before, left, after right), picking a green colour scheme and house plants for a botanical feel 

For her daughter Cara’s room, Angela designed a bed made of wood (left) with storage underneath for her toys. She designed all the plans for her renovated home and sent them to an architect to get the results she wanted 

Upstairs she wanted four bedrooms with a walk-in wardrobe and en-suite.

The mother spent approximately £140,000 including the landscaping of the garden and the driveway, with the hardest part of the renovation juggling late nights in-between work.

She said: ‘The late nights were not something I enjoyed very much.

‘Also, every interior designer would agree that it’s so hard deciding on things for yourself.

‘I probably had at least ten different looks for every room and so I found making the final decisions really difficult.’

She set about drawing up plans before handing them to an architect, along with images of the type of extension she wanted, which she notes was essentially a clad and rendered box.

Angela added: ‘I also employed a builder on a shell only contract and used other tradespeople to carry out electrics, joinery, plumbing, and plastering.’

The designer said she’s achieved her aim of creating a contemporary, practical family home that isn’t showy or ‘high end’ but is just a great place to live in.

She said: ‘The original floor plan had a ground floor dining extension and a side extension, which was a very narrow utility-type space off the kitchen and a WC to the back.

‘The toilet felt like it was outside because it was always freezing cold and you essentially went out of the back door to get to it.

Angela had the garden-facing side of the house extended (left) and also made sure to budget for landscaping to smarted up the outdoors. That allowed her to created her gym and playroom 

The interior designer broke away from the traditional features of her old house such as carpeted floors (left) and favoured tiled flooring and open spaces (right) to brighten up the place 

The outside of the house before Angela had it undergo extension works. She extended into the garden in order to gain more space. She extended by 1,5 metre to the front, and then extended to the rear to gain even more space 

‘My idea was to extend to the front by 1.5m, creating the space for a generous feeling hallway, and for the WC and utility/boot room.

‘Then extending to the rear to create two more bedrooms and an en-suite, filling into the back of the existing garage for the gym and playroom.

‘Because the master bedroom spanned the whole house originally, we could afford to take some of its space for a walk-in wardrobe for the new master bedroom, while still having a good-sized bedroom to the front.’

Angela can’t get enough of her new home.

She said: ‘I love our home and I’m proud of what I’ve achieved.

‘It’ll always be a work in progress, as I just can’t help myself. I always have plans for things to do but that’s just because of the job I do.

‘I get to see a lot of lovely things all the time.

‘It’s really hard for me to pick a favourite room in the house as I love them all for different reasons. I really like the lounge because it’s so snug and cocooning, and the en-suite because it reminds me of smart hotel bathrooms.

During the renovations, Angela turned her modest corner kitchen (left) into one of the house’s main features (right)  by adding a kitchen island and painting the walls bright yellow 

The busy mother-of-one, who is also the owner of lovely dog Mylo, needed to optimise the space in her utility room (pictured), which easily could get messy thanks to her furry friend 

The utility room with its sleek sink unit and white cupboard, leading to the garden, perfect for Angela, who has a young child and a dog. She added a ‘boot/mud’ room to her home that she could enter from after a muddy walk with Mylo

‘The kitchen/dining space is where we spend the most time and I love sliding open the doors in nice weather and having the outside in.’

The interior designer is looking forward to having family and friends over after lockdown to show off her newly-transformed pad.

She added: ‘I can’t wait to have people over after lockdown, I’m sure everyone feels the same.

‘Covid has highlighted that home is really important, and can certainly affect our wellbeing.’

A view of the living-room and separate playing room  for Cara with colourful wallpapers after the renovations. Angela turned her two-bedroom house into a four-bedroom property 

The house’s second bathroom was also given an update with gold fixtures and marble effect in the shower, as well as sleek wooden cupboards 

The talented mother-of-one was even able to fit a gym in her home after the extension works added two rooms to the property’s structure 

To anyone else thinking of renovating their own home, Angela said: ‘Live in your home for a while before you start the work.

‘Think about what’s really important to you so that space flows really well. 

‘As an example, we have a boot/mud room accessed from a side door. It’s invaluable at this time of year when we bring Mylo home after a muddy walk.

‘Also, be very realistic with your budget and have a generous contingency.

‘You will spend more as there are always unexpected things that crop up.

‘Landscaping costs way more than you think, so get that budgeted in at the start.’

The entrance of the house leading to the staircase, complete with a bench and storage and greenery. Angeha has been able to optimise her space so that each rooms look bigger and brighter than it did before. She also fitted her staircase wall with a gallery of pictures 

The kitchen halfway through its remodel. Angela was able to create a modern living space with the kitchen’s central island transitioning to the dining-room and living-room. 

The house’s dream reading and games room, with a colourful wallpaper is sure to delight Angela’s daughter Cara, eight. The window opens to the back garden for a relaxing atmosphere 

Angela’s room. The interior designer went for bold colour scheme and details. She said it was hard to pick a favourite room in her house because she loved them all 

The house under scaffolding during extension works. Angela said she extended to the rear to create two more bedrooms and an en-suite, filling into the back of the existing garage for the gym and playroom

An impressive view of the ‘gutted’ house halfway through the extension work that gave Angela more room in her home. Before the remodel, each room was smaller  

The front of the house during the renovation of its driveway. The outside’s red brick wall was painted black and white, and Angela added a garage and a lobby to the structure 

In spite of extending her home, Angela still enjoys a good size garden with an elegant patio and barbecue set, perfect to entertain during the summer. The mother-of-one said she could not wait for her family to come and visit 

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