Real home renovations that didn’t blow the budget



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A pretty large structural change, vaulting the roof was surprisingly affordable. With the couple undertaking the removal of the walls, dropped ceiling and rafters themselves, the price tag of their airy double-height space came in at £4,600 ($5,600) for the manufacturing and installation of the central LVL beam, plus £660 ($800) for those Hamptons-style ceiling boards. For such a dramatic change, we’d say that’s a bargain!



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With the internal walls between the kitchen, dining and living room demolished, the heart of the home is now this multifunctional Scandi-chic space. Decked out in white cladding with warm dark wood floors and a cosy wood-burning fireplace, it’s a dramatic transformation from the once-drab scheme. The biggest change, however, has to be the vaulted ceiling, which replaced the previous eight-foot ceiling, adding an airy, architectural feel to the room.



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Now a chic and airy scheme, rustic touches abound, with wood panelling, industrial-style shelving and salvaged furnishings. The wall between the lounge and dining room was knocked through to create a bright and airy space, while the fireplace was stripped back to reveal stunning exposed brickwork, creating a stylish divider between living zones.



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With one simple but crucial addition, Diana took her kitchen from dingy to delightful. When it comes to cost, Velux’s No Leak Electric Fresh Air Skylights come in at between £2,380 ($2,900) and £3,030 ($3,700) including installation, while their Sun Tunnels range from £450 ($550) and £780 ($950). Never underestimate the power of natural light!



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So how much did this makeover set them back? Aside from a new lick of paint, you can expect to pay around £9,000 ($12k) for a 320-square-foot space installed by professionals, according to Fixr. Not bad for a complete facelift!



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Now complete, the deck is a stylish space to socialise and soak up the Texas sun. A clear Polygal roof ensures the patio is light and airy, while composite decking, though a little more costly than wood, is extremely long-lasting and low-maintenance. Rustic chicken wire fencing adds a modern farmhouse feel, and strings of fairy lights create an enchanting space to relax when the sun goes down.



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While the pair splashed out on some things, they saved on other elements, bringing this chic hangout zone within budget. According to Fixr, you can expect to pay almost £9,000 ($12k) for a 320 square foot composite deck, including installation, though as it won’t warp or stain, it can withstand daily use for around 30 years or more.



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Chic and stylish, the room is a shadow of its former self. With the privacy wall demolished and the bulky cabinet removed, light floods in through the previously obscured window. A deep olive wall offers a warming focal point, while smart wall-mounted towel storage saves on valuable floor space.



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White subway tiles create a luxurious spa-like aesthetic, though incredibly, they cost just less than £165 ($200). Similarly, the slim minimalist sink was an affordable IKEA buy, with a floating vanity unit maximising the illusion of space. Awash with quality finishes, this stunning scheme was achieved for a mere £773 ($939), including wall demolition.



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The completed room is stylish and sophisticated, with blush pink walls and soft grey cabinetry exuding luxury. Removing the wall between the kitchen and the pantry opened up the space, while carefully selected accessories, like the architectural pendant lights, add a high-end aesthetic. Practicalities haven’t been forgotten either – wall-mounted storage units combining shelving and cupboards offer a versatile storage solution without taking up floor space.



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Sticking to a strict budget, the couple installed plumbing, purchased a new washing machine and fitted a radiator to keep the space snug. Slate grey cupboards and a worktop offer a practical area to organise laundry, while natural stone flooring adds to the country farmhouse feel. An array of potted plants and nature-inspired artwork help to draw the great outdoors inside.



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