Updating a 1970s home

Updating a 1970s home

It has recently been valued at £700,000 to £725,000 In 2005, the couple moved in, excited about starting work, but during the first week in their new home, they found a leaking roof, rusty boiler and a wiring system that was non-compliant with the regulations, which hampered the start of all redecoration projects.

‘We didn’t get a full survey done before we bought the house, and it caught up with us almost immediately,’ says Liz.

‘For me, it was easy to see past the décor,’ she says.

‘The basic bones of the property were there and Dave and I liked the layout, so it was just a case of taking the house back to its original, simple architecture.’ The owners: Liz Every, who is a photographer specialising in floral and garden photography, lives here with her husband Dave, a patent and trademark attorney The property: A four-bedroom detached house built in the mid-1970s The location: Stockport, Cheshire What they spent: The couple bought the house in 2005 for around £590,000 and have spent around £45,000 on renovations.

She says she originally had no idea what to do with the exterior when they bought it in 2012, but “now it’s black and spruced up a bit.”The living room was kind of a blank slate before without a lot of personality.

Lauren redesigned the staircase and replaced the wall-to-wall white carpeting and tile floors, among other things: The wall dividing the living room and kitchen was opened up, and a beautiful new fireplace now anchors the room: The barstools look so much better in the new kitchen, don’t they? She says, “It’s not a big house at all, so we’ve employed some major organization and storage techniques to make it work for us, mainly in the form of built-ins, closet systems, and converting under-utilized spaces spaces into practical ones.”It’s just amazing how much bigger the living room looks now without the wall that used to separate it from the kitchen: How fabulous is the long windowseat in the upstairs loft space? The house has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and about 2,400 square feet.

They’re selling it now and moving on, so let’s take a look at its transformation!

This is one of those tricky 1970s contemporary styles that can be a challenge to update.

The previous owners had introduced dado rails, lots of dark wood and beams to try to create a cottage style but Liz wanted to strip it right back.

The feeling you have when you meet him is sheer admiration — admiration for what he’s achieved in life but, more pertinently to this story, admiration for what he’s achieved with a deeply unfashionable 1970s home in one of the best spots in Lancashire. The bungalow was situated on a large private plot, and it had sold once to owners who had put in a planning application to demolish it and replace it with a Georgian mansion, but planning was refused,” explains Shaun. I could see that, given its price, as a plot it didn’t stack up — but, as a £500,000 bungalow on a secluded, private road packed with houses valued up to £2,000,000, it made complete sense.

The trouble was that everyone who came to see it just saw an unusual 1970s home that they viewed as an eyesore.” Everyone except Shaun.

Although a dated 1970s property might not be everyone’s idea of a perfect home, as soon as Liz and Dave Every set eyes on the house, they knew they were going to buy it before they’d stepped inside and seen any of the rooms.

‘As we approached the house, I had already made the decision that we were going to have it,’ explains Liz.

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For more photos and information: Lauren’s blog and her Portfolio.

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