Everyone hopes to one day own their dream home but, short of winning the lottery, it is an aspiration out of most peoples’ grasp, Daily Mail reports.
However, one young woman has found an ingenious of overcoming these financial obstacles – by building her perfect home in a garage.
Keen designer Stephanie Bertenshaw shelled out just £15,000 designing and renovating the five garages on her parents’ land and the new home has now valued at £150,000.
Bertenshaw and her partner Luke Stanley, both 24, live in the transformed three-bed house at The Old Coach House in Marsden, West Yorkshire – land that is also home to Stephanie’s parents Chris and Suzanne, her grandparents and her uncle.
She said, “I originally started my online business from home, which is where I still work now. I was living at home to save money while working as a teaching assistant and running the business. I used to stare at the garages and think ‘they could be so much better’. I’ve always rented properties in the past and I could never help doing renovations on them. In fact I never got my deposits back because I always ended up painting rooms. My parents owned the garages and said that I could do what I wanted with them. I’m quite a stay at home person and I like homely things and it just seemed silly to waste money on rent when I could convert the garages. I’ve tried to be hands on as much as possible. I was always collecting pictures of design ideas that I liked, and even though I look back and think I could have done some things differently I absolutely love the result.” Bertenshaw’s eye for design can be seen throughout the open plan house. A light and airy living room with hard wood floors is now where a dirty workbench once stood.
And one cluttered garage filled with dust is now a beautiful country style kitchen.
The exterior of the house was not what Stephanie originally had in mind, but after playing with designs she settled on the Spanish style.
She said, “I was 22 when we started the work. I started using Photoshop to design and play around with ideas about what the house would look like. I would see some things that I thought would look great and then really they were actually a bit rubbish. I roughed out the designs of what I wanted it to look like and helped with a lot of the labouring work. Everyone mucked in to help, especially my parents. It took two years, lots of hard graft and a keen eye for bargains to furnish it but now I have a perfect, mortgage-free home for me, my fabulous boyfriend and my two dogs Lola and Ben.”
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