After two years of unsuccessful house hunting, Olivia and Daniel Lynan decided that creating their dream home, rather than buying it ready-made, was the only option for them. ‘The house was everything we’d never had before – cold, damp, draughty and with oil and septic tanks – but we knew we could make it into something special.’
‘To keep costs down we decided to do as much as we could ourselves.’ The couple needed to demolish an internal wall and open up the rear of the house to create space for sliding doors leading out to the garden, with its large patio it is perfect for summer barbecues.
The owners: Olivia Lynan, a menswear buyer, lives here with husband Daniel, a studio manager
The property: A three-bedroom, Victorian end-of-terrace cottage that was once part of the Harewood Estate, in Leeds
Total project cost: £31,934