Man, 30, transforms rundown house over lockdown with just £12,000

Man, 30, transforms rundown house over lockdown with just £12,000

December 30, 2020

DIY enthusiast, 30, transforms rundown £88,000 home into a modern property after spending just £12,500 and working on it solo during lockdown – and says he’s added ‘£40,000 to its value’

  • Jack Robson, 30, from Gateshead, transformed his entire home for just £12,000
  • He bought rundown three bedroom house in February 2019 for just £88,000
  • Has been renovating the house since March, ripping out original features
  • Impressive transformation left the property unrecognisable in just nine months 

A man has revealed how he transformed his entire home with just £12,000 after spending all of his free time working on the rundown property over lockdown.

Jack Robson, 30, from Gateshead, purchased the three-bedroom house in February 2019 for £88,000 but only started living in it this year.

Since March 2020, he has ripped out all original features of the home – including decorative stained glass doors and 80s-style block-work around the fireplace, rewired the property, added new radiators and moved the fuse box.

The impressive transformation has left the property unrecognisable, with Jack estimating the value of his home will ‘be around £130k’ when he completes his renovations. 


Jack Robson, 30, from Gateshead, has revealed how he transformed his entire home with just £12,000 after spending all of his free time working on the rundown property over lockdown (pictured, the bathroom before and after) 


The SEO consultant purchased the three-bedroom house in February 2019 for £88,000 but only started living in it this year (pictured left, before, and right, after) 

The property, formerly a council house, was on the market for £100,000 – but Jack managed to get the price down even further due to the work that needed doing, the extent of which he didn’t realise until he had moved in.

Jack originally bought the property with his ex-partner but bought her out after they split. 

The SEO consultant said: ‘I was quite optimistic about the amount of work that needed doing to it.’

‘I’m a handy person and like the idea of a challenge and having something I can put my own stamp on.


Since March 2020, he has ripped out all original features of the home, rewired the property, added new radiators and moved the fuse box (pictured, his office before and after)

The property, formerly a council house, was on the market for £100,000 – but Jack managed to get the price down even further due to the work that needed doing

‘I don’t have the biggest budget in the world and if I had to pay others to do the work for me, that would have depleted very quickly.

‘I didn’t realise the extent until I’d got the keys – there were things that I didn’t check on my first and second viewing that I will look for next time I buy.’

Jack completed the bulk of the renovations on evenings and weekends, and lived and worked in one of the spare bedrooms for a month while decorating the other rooms. 

He said: ‘I worked on the house on the evenings and weekends – there have been a lot of late nights and busy weekends, which means I’ve had to sacrifice things you’d normally find a 30-year-old doing to be able to get the major jobs done.’

The SEO consultant said he hadn’t comprehended the amount of work that needed doing on the home ahead of moving in in March 

Jack completed the bulk of the renovations on evenings and weekends, and lived and worked in one of the spare bedrooms for a month while decorating the other rooms

He removed original features from the home, including decorative stained glass doors and 80s-style block-work around the fireplace

Meanwhile he also tore down walls and ripped out some of the more dated features from the property 

Jack, who originally bought the house with his partner before they split, also rewired the entire property 

The property has three bedrooms, a kitchen, bathroom, living room and dining room. 

He has gradually redone each room, giving the dated interior a much-needed makeover.  

The dated kitchen featuring wood panelling on the walls and linoleum floor spruced up with fresh paint, new cabinets and appliances costing £3,700 – the priciest part of the renovation.  

Another part of the renovation included an impressive overhaul of the bathroom, transforming a brown three-piece traditional suite of sink, toilet and bathtub into a modern shower/bath with stylish grey tiles and a sleek new sink and toilet.


Jack removed an old single plain window and the lower brickwork and installed new french doors in preparation for a new deck to be built early 2021


Meanwhile the master bedroom was originally dingy and dated, with a huge wooden wardrobe across one side of the room (left, before, and right, after)

The SEO consultant kept the same blue colour scheme in the bedroom, but updated it with trendy furnishings 

Jack also remodelled one of the bedrooms into a home office, stripping it off the worn floral wallpaper and repainting it in a khaki green tone.

He also added a large desk and stylish Aztec rug.

The SEO consultant estimates that 90 per cent of the work has been completed by himself or with the help of family members, with the remaining 10 per cent finished by a qualified tradesman.

Despite the toll it’s taken, on his social life in particular, Jack doesn’t regret taking on the large project. 

Jack, who believes he completed 90 per cent of the work on his own, said he would recommend anyone to ‘buy cheap and do it up’ 

He explained: ‘I’d recommend anyone to buy cheap and do it up – you’ll end up doing work on any house to make it your own, so you might as well have a blank canvas to put your own stamp on.

‘Give any work that you feel you can do a go because you’d be amazed at how much you can save by doing it yourself.’

Jack has spent a total of £12,000 and expects to spend a further £2,000 to get the home fully finished – which he thinks is ‘amazing’ considering the amount of work that has been completed.

He added: ‘I still have the living and dining room to finish, which I expect to be done by the end of January.

The SEO consultant transformed one of the spare bedrooms in the house into a trendy modern office space 

Meanwhile the kitchen underwent one of the most drastic transformations, with Jack creating a modern farmhouse feel 

‘The next step will be focusing externally and I’ve already planned to have decking in the back garden which will be accessed via French doors which I installed a few months ago.

‘I’m also planning to add a driveway, but these are summer jobs for when it’s not cold.’

When asked about the value he has added to the property, Jack said: ‘In its current state, I’ve had it valued at £105k.

‘However, I have been told if I complete the remaining rooms to the standard of the rooms already completed, the value would be around £130k.’ 

The bathroom, which was one of the most dated rooms in the house, has been updated with trendy grey tiling across the walls

He hopes that by the time he has finished renovations on the property, it will be worth £130,000 

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