Mum completely transforms ‘old-fashioned’ 1930s home – adding £100k to its value

Naomi Pierpoint (Image: Jam Press/@home_on_point)

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Mum-of-three Naomi Pierpoint was determined to create the perfect home for her gorgeous children – Ava, 10, Joel, 8, and Evan, 2.

She bought a three-bed semi-detached house in Heysham, Lancashire, with husband Ian, 36, for £129,950 in 2008.

The 1930s property was "very old-fashioned", but the couple had a vision.

They've spent years getting things exactly how they want it and all that work has finally paid off, as they now have a stunning five-bedroom house with a large conservatory playroom.

And they've also managed to add a staggering £100,000 to the value of their home.

They initially spent £13,000 getting the house to a point where they could live there comfortably.

The house was really dated when the bought it
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Just days after receiving the keys to their first home Naomi and Ian, who had both been living in their childhood homes, got to work converting the downstairs into an open planned living space by knocking down the wall between the dining room and the tiny kitchen.

They also filled in unnecessary interior and exterior doors to create more space for furniture.

They replaced the dated kitchen with one from Homebase costing £3,000 and swapped out the rattling wooden bay windows in the living room and master bedroom for double glazed UPVC windows costing £2,000.

They did some basic DIY work to make it liveable
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They've spent years turning it from this into their dream home
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Soon after starting the renovations the DIY buffs realised they needed to rewire the entire house, taking a sizable £3,000 chunk from their budget.

They then ripped out a “very old-fashioned” carpet downstairs which they replaced with dark wood laminate flooring from Homebase, costing around £1,500 including fitting.

To ensure a smooth finish for painting the couple then had all the downstairs walls skimmed, costing around £600.

The kitchen was one of the last things they tackled
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“We completed most of the work ourselves with help from our friends that are in the trade, this helped to cut the cost, we didn't mind getting our hands dirty,” Naomi explains.

"I love to decorate and still do all the painting and decorating myself. I find it therapeutic and also love the challenge of trying my hand at new things and learning new skills.”

Upstairs Naomi used feature wallpaper to create statement walls in the property’s two largest bedrooms, completing the neutral theme with mirrored and art deco furniture, and converting the smallest bedroom to a walk-in-wardrobe.

It's unrecognisable now
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They've gone for a more modern design
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In 2016, they got to work on the backroom. Naomi said: "We ripped the whole lot out and started fresh with a hot bathroom suite.

“We found items in sales from separate companies and this helped cut the cost dramatically.

“We opted for shower wall panels on three walls as it's easy to maintain and keep clean instead of tiles. The style was a textured slate effect and I loved the natural look it gave. The cost was around £500.

It's now the perfect family home
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“We used a smaller sink unit to gain space and we had the door swapped around to open into the hallway to create more space, the total cost including labour was £2,000.”

When it came time to add yet more space to the home in 2019, the family moved out for two weeks with their six-week-old to live with Naomi's mother-in-law while roof was removed and steelwork was installed for the hip-to-gable loft extension. It cost about £40,000.

The extension added two bedrooms and a second bathroom which Naomi kitted out with a matt-black shower frame that she snapped up on eBay and a white marble effect shower panel from the Linda Barker range, costing £500.

They've added £100,000 to the value of the property
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It's filled with beautiful items
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Since adding the extra space, the family has replaced the old flooring throughout the home in favour of a more neutral carpet and grey wood effect quick-step flooring, costing £1,400.

To modernise her bedroom, Naomi added grey MDF panelling behind the bed to create a fake chimney breast, costing just £30.

Recently Naomi further revamped her 13-year-old kitchen, converting her original cream cupboards into a shaker style design by adding MDF panels costing £40, which she then painted with Farrow and Ball eggshell paint in Strong White, costing £28.

They've added two extra bedrooms to fit their growing family
(Image: Jam Press/@home_on_point)

She also refreshed the blue kitchen tiles with Wilkinson’s tile paint for just £12.

“My last project I've just finished is upcycling my original kitchen for less than £100,” Naomi said.

“The finished result is fab and now ties in with the rest of the house as we've changed most of the house since the kitchen was fitted.”

Over the years they also added a conservatory to create a playroom, which set them back £10,000.

The mum has urged other people to give DIY a go – even if they have young children.

“I'm so in love with this home and won't be moving for a long, long time,” she added.

“We've gone from a dated three-bedroom semi to a spacious modern five-bedroom, three reception rooms and two-bathroom house.

“I'm so proud of how far we've come in this renovation and the house is now worth around £230,000.”“My tips and advice for home renovation are to first get quotes for any major work that needs doing as prices can vary so much.”

Naomi also advises those carrying out renovations to stick to a neutral palette.

She added: “You add character and colours in your accessories, doing this makes things easier if you fancy a change, as simple as changing your throw pillow can completely change the style of a room. I like to change with the seasons.”

Naomi now shares her home interior and decor ideas on her Instagram page, @home_on_point , where she has built a following of 13,000 fans.

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