The DIY duo laid all the tiles themselves on the fireplace, in the front room and on the splash back in the kitchenThe DIY duo laid all the tiles themselves on the fireplace, in the front room and on the splash back in the kitchen
The DIY duo laid all the tiles themselves on the fireplace, in the front room and on the splash back in the kitchen

‘I transformed my Victorian terrace with £30k thanks to Facebook marketplace, car boot sales and DIY’

Louise Jones’s favourite piece is a £30 table - identical to a £700 John Lewis table she wanted

A thrifty woman saved £30k by renovating her home from scratch - to showroom standard - using Facebook Marketplace, car boots and DIY.

Nine years ago Louise Jones, 37, a mental health nurse, and husband James, software developer, 42, bought a fixer-upper in Bristol.

The front of the house was brown and every room had yellow and orange walls and bright blue carpets.

The pink three-bedroom Victorian terrace is now unrecognisable thanks to the couple who used YouTube videos to help them. Louise is a bargain-buying queen and says research and planning is key to creating your dream beautiful bargain home.

Her favourite feature is her designer table which would have cost her £700 if she’d bought it at John Lewis- but she did her own dupe for £30.

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