Couple transform ‘unwanted’ 1970s house into dream home in lockdown renovation

A plasterer has revealed the incredible lockdown transformation of his abandoned 1970s home into a tidy modern three-bed.

Steve Currer, 33, shared his spectacular results after racing to get his home ready in time for his solicitor wife Kirsten to give birth.

He said the run-down detached property in Portishead, Somerset, had stood empty for years when they bought it in 2019.

Steve told BristolLive : "No one wanted it. It was a bit of a doer-upper, which is exactly what we were looking for.

"It was run-down and the heating and electrics didn't work.

"I think they had sold but obviously then they did the surveys.

"We stayed with friends for the first month while it was re-plumbed and did the essentials, like a toilet and shower, and after that we were living there."

The pair moved in the late summer of 2019 and started fitting a new bathroom.

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But the incredible transformation only began to take shape with a double storey extension after the March lockdown.

This included a new roof, render and cladding as well as an overhaul of the interior, with a new kitchen and nursery.

And it became a race against time to get it done after Kirsten fell pregnant during the project.

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The 35-year-old gave birth to their firstborn son Jonah just one day after the carpets were laid and the house was made habitable.

Steve said: "Then the pressure was on to get the house in a living condition.

"We've done everything to it – it might as well be a new build.

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"We were fortunate that no one wanted this house and it had been on the market for quite a long time.

"Some older properties just need a bit of love and bringing back to life.

"I made sure I cleaned up every day and kept it tidy – you can't be living in a mess."

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They set up an Instagram page called @theportisheadproject to document their progress, sharing before and after shots of the rooms that have been completed.

Steve, who runs SC Plastering, said: "It's a nice way to document it.

"I haven't really had a chance to sit down and look at it – all I see is the unfinished things.

"I'm really proud of it and obviously on the outside it's a huge transformation."

Considering what else he had learnt, he joked: "Have a patient wife, and don't do it during lockdown whilst you're having a baby!"

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