Couple strip back 1930s house and spend six months turning it into ‘dream home’

A couple who bought a dated 1930s property spent six months transforming it into their “dream home” – and the results are incredible.

Helen and Ben, from Nottingham, picked up the keys in March 2020 and images taken before their work began show a dated interior with old fashioned decor.

The pair documented their journey on Instagram and TikTok as they completely stripped the house back to its bare bones until only the basic structure remained.

It was then the hard work could begin and the house is now completely unrecognisable, with an envy-inducing interior featuring exposed brickwork, tiled floors, and stunning furnishings.

Videos of their progress shows the garden being dug up to make room for an extension, the blue-themed bathroom being stripped out to make room for modern replacements, and walls being torn down to create an open-plan living space.

The kitchen, which previously had dated white cabinets and brown tiling, was opened up to create space for a kitchen island with hanging lights, wooden tile flooring, neutral colour cabinets, and huge windows to allow plenty of natural light.

The couple managed to save money by doing much of the preparation work themselves, including digging for the extension and removing old tile work.

Updates on their @Letsmakethishouseahome Instagram account have gained almost 50,000 followers, and a video showing the before and after transformation on TikTok has racked up more than two million views.

They wrote: “In March 2020 we got the keys to our first home. Safe to say it needed some TLC, but we knew with hard work we could transform it into our dream home.

“It started with a little mess, that soon became a huge mess. Sometimes we couldn’t see an end in sight.”

After beginning work right away, the pair finished the bulk of the renovation project in August – and viewers have been left blown away by the results.

One person commented to say: “I am absolutely shocked at the change. I love it.”

A second wrote: “Finally, a house that isn’t all grey, boring and the same as everyone else’s. Love your interior!”

A third replied: “I love what you’ve done to your house. It’s beautiful.”

And another simply added: “It’s a masterpiece.”