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A savvy couple have managed to transform an abandoned office building into a beautiful and inviting family home, adding £142,000 to the property’s value, all while expecting their second child.

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House transformation from a gloomy office to a family home

Holly Grocott and her partner Mike, both 33, paid £245,000 for their Cheshire home back in March 2020 and it’s fair to say they had a bit of a project on their hands with the place.

Having sat empty for 18 months prior to their moving-in date, the property, which was built back in 1930, had previously been used as a site office for a local housing development and “wasn’t in a good condition”.

There was an overgrown garden to contend with, as well as the small matter of there being no flooring throughout.

However, the couple saw plenty of potential in their new home, which came with three double bedrooms, one main bathroom, a downstairs cloakroom, lounge area, and kitchen diner. Plenty of space for a young family to make it their own.







The property had been empty for 18 months
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It had previously been used as an office for a local housing development
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With a vision in mind, Holly and Mike set about working on a full renovation to turn the property into a happy family home, all while Holly was pregnant with their second child, Emmeline.

In order to keep costs low, the couple – who are also parents to three-year-old Ellis – were able to complete the majority of the work by themselves.







Holly and Mike fitted the kitchen together while Holly was eight months pregnant
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Mike did all the re-wiring and plumbing for the house
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Professional electrician Mike worked 12 hour days throughout the first lockdown, re-wiring and re-plumbing the whole house while social media creative Holly turned her attention to budgeting, interior design, material ordering, and painting.

They worked together as a team when it came to sorting the kitchen and utility room, which they fitted themselves while Holly was eight months into her pregnancy.







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While getting their home up to a liveable standard, Holly, Mike and Ellis lived with family, before moving in to finish off their decorating tasks together.

At this point, they had one working bathroom at least, but it would still be another six months until they had a kitchen sorted, with the downstairs still in need of renovation.

Holly has described the hardest part of the process as “being pregnant whilst also having a two-year-old during a renovation in a winter pandemic”.







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Things were particularly difficult in January 2021 as they had an external door opening made, meaning the house was “freezing cold”. At this point, Holly was already five months pregnant, with a toddler to chase around after.

Holly said: “I was washing up in the bath and cooking every meal in a microwave in the living room as we had no kitchen. As it was lockdown, we had nowhere else to go and couldn’t get any help from family. It really was a labour of love and we put our blood, sweat, and tears into it – not to mention all our money”.







The couple lived with family while getting the property up to a liveable standard
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The building is now completely unrecognizable after with fresh flooring, new décor, and furnishings as well as a custom-made kitchen making the once unhabitable property a home.

Despite these changes, the character of the house has been kept carefully intact, with a number of original features remaining. This includes the fireplace in the living room, a stained glass front door, hallway floor tiles, banisters, bay windows, internal doors, skirting boards, and picture rails.

The couple has spent £45,000 on renovations, which, from beginning to end, took 18 months to complete. It is a credit to their hard work that the property value has now soared to £387,000.

Holly said: “A favourite room of mine is the first we completed – the main bathroom. I love how the floor and wall tiles have worked so well with the marble and wood detail of the antique washstand, along with the antique brass hardware. I think this room epitomises the look we wanted to achieve throughout. We’re so happy with the finished look [of the house] as it’s exactly what we envisioned – a mix of traditional design with modern elements.”

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