Stunning photographs capture the incredible transformation of a rundown “cramped” property into a beautiful family home.
Jody and Lucie Loughlin bought the three-bedroom semi-detached cottage in the knowledge it needed a complete makeover.
But they relished the “challenge” and now the building is almost three times the size of the original.
The couple submitted a planning application immediately after purchase, reports Bristol Live.
Jody, 42, said: “We’d been looking for a property for a while within my childhood hometown and it was proving difficult.
“We were relocating back to Portishead from London and the search for a period property with a good size plot and scope for extension was proving a challenge.”
The couple met in Australia, despite both being British, and relocated back to the UK together, initially living in London.
But Jody was always keen to relocate back to Portishead, Somerset, and became interested in this property despite its state.
It’s close to the high street and sits opposite the site where Jody went to primary school, so the purchase was also a little nostalgic.
The house had to have 50% of its original form removed but retained its key features. Once built, the property would stand at three times its original size.
The couple quickly established that as they project managed the build themselves, they had to stay on top of the workforce to expedite things smoothly.
They hunted for alternative materials and have had many knocks on their door, post-project, inquiring as to the origins of their driveway.
Jody added: “It’s a self-binding gravel often used for cycle paths. Its durable, attractive and cost-effective.”
But when the groundworks were under way; an old well was discovered in the garden.
The Loughlins decided to make a feature of the well and installed a circular masonry surround and a metal grate for child safety.
Rumour has it that the surrounding hills of the town provided large quantities of water historically, and there are many undiscovered wells nearby according to hearsay.
The couple always keep their eye out for another venture whereby they can employ all the lessons they learned developing this home.
However, they are extremely happy with their home which provides plenty of room as the children grow.