June 25, 2022

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Mum’s incredible makeover of 7-bed home spending less than a TENTH of the house’s price

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Accountant Sameera Stern-Gillet set about transforming the Victorian semi-detached home she purchased in 2019 despite never picking up a drill before

Sameera knew that with no interiors or DIY experience under her belt it would be a challenge to work on

A mum has unveiled an incredible makeover of her seven-bedroom home – spending less than a TENTH of the house’s price.

Accountant Sameera Stern-Gillet, 41, from Manchester, did much of the work herself despite never picking up a drill.

She purchased her family’s dream Victorian semi-detached home in 2019 for £876,000 and immediately set about transforming the home.

The 41-year-old lives with her husband Bertrand in the seven-bedroom house with their children Zayn, 11, and Rafi, 9, and pet dog Piper.

The house, which was built in 1877, needed some tough love and Sameera knew that with no interiors or DIY experience under her belt it would be a challenge to work on.







The mum revitalised her seven-bedroom Victorian home by doing much of the work herself
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Sameera had never picked up a drill before starting work on her house
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The family employed builders, electricians and plumbers for some parts of the house to ensure that the renovation was done safely.

Sameera said: “I’ve learnt how to use a drill.

“I have learnt that it’s actually quite easy to be sustainable if you want to be as we have repurposed old pieces of furniture for some of our projects.

“For example I bought an old Ercol unit from eBay for £100 and this was used in our en-suite and turned into the unit which houses the twin sinks and storage.

“Similar brand new ones would have been more than £1000.”

In the past three years, she has spent £70,000 trying to modernise the house – less than a tenth of the £876,000 she bought it for.

The accountant always knew it was going to be a tough project as the house needed upgrading.

Sameera said: “When we bought the house, we knew this would be a project as the previous owners had lived here for 50 years and probably not much had been done to it in the last 20 of those years.







The bedroom before the renovation
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The renovated master bedroom after the work
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“So I guess when we bought it, we knew we would be going on a transformation journey.

“I’ve always loved interiors and even though I had no experience other than looking through magazines, I wanted to put my own stamp on our new house.

“I took inspiration from looking at other house accounts on Instagram and it helped me understand what I liked and what I wanted to recreate.

“I have always loved colour but never had too much in my home, but I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone and was happy to experiment.”

With such a vast project she had to plan which rooms she could do herself such as the decorating rooms, creating a table in her son’s room and some panelling in the bedroom.







The ensuite added to the master bedroom.
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The completely renovated bathroom
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She said: “We have been renovating the house in phases. It is spread over three floors, four if you count the cellars.

“We agreed that starting from the top was the best approach so floors two and one are complete.

“This included refurbishing four bedrooms and three bathrooms, repurposing a bedroom for creating an en-suite and a dressing room.

“Converting one of the bedrooms on the top floor to a utility room to house the washer/dryer and creating a children’s play room on the top floor also.

“The next phase is to start the kitchen renovation/extension downstairs.”

Around £5,000 has been spent on each room, Sameera estimates, and she’s proud of creating an ensuite and dressing room.







The dressing room was revamped
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“So far the biggest transformation was probably repurposing the adjoining bedroom to the master bedroom,” she said.

“We knocked through but added pocket doors and the second bedroom was split into a dressing room and an en-suite.

“We’ve probably spent in the range of £2,000 – £5,000 on each room depending on what needed doing.

“Some were more straightforward than others, whereas some needed replastering, rewiring, new radiators etc. obviously the bedroom/dressing room conversion cost more.

“Another one of my favourites was in one of my son’s rooms, we created a desk nook where the fireplace used to be and I was really happy with how that came together.”

The house’s transformation began during the Covid lockdowns and she documented her journey online – and has built a following of more than 12,000.







She set about transforming the house in stages
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The new office which has been transformed
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She said: “I started sharing our renovation journey online as we were in the thick of it during Covid and because of that.

“None of our friends could see how we were getting on.

“So I set up my Instagram account, @21_holmfield, to document our journey and also to let our family and friends see how we were getting on.

“To be honest, people usually love my posts which is probably why my Instagram account has grown so quickly.

“I know my style is not to everyone’s taste but I think there is space for everyone to co-exist in peace.

“Also I guess most people follow me because they do like my style and how we have transformed the rooms in the house.”







The fireplace was needing some tough love
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Sameera has plenty more to share with her followers, as she is planning for the next stage of her renovation.

“The next big project is the downstairs and I’m really excited about this,” she said.

“It is untouched and we are just waiting on planning permission to extend the kitchen and refurbish the rooms.

“We have some lovely fireplaces and high ceilings with intricate coving and I’m really looking forward to transforming these rooms whilst trying to bring out the beautiful original features.”

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