As soon as they walked through the arched entranceway of this beautiful 1920s property, Claire and Brad knew that this house was going to be their forever home. Despite its cold and unwelcoming décor, the couple fell in love with the period character of the house. They put in an offer within hours of viewing, and soon had the front door keys in their hands. Their aim? To transform this soulless house into a cosy and stylish home for their growing family.

The couple began decorating within weeks of moving in, and five years down the line, the work hasn’t stopped. This DIY-loving pair took on the build themselves so they could stick to their modest budget. As an ex-builder, Brad tackled the extension with help from his family. The first big project was the kitchen renovation, overlooking the garden. Together, Claire and Brad have transformed this home into a modern open-plan space.

Inspired to tackle your own project? We have masses of ideas and helpful advice on what to do and where to start in our feature on extending a house. 

Dark blue Shaker kitchen with wood and black metal bar stools, bare bulb pendants, and oak-style flooring

Kitchen, Wren Kitchens. Bar stools, Cult Furniture. Flooring and tap, B&Q. Rug, La Redoute

(Image credit: Katie Lee)


The owners Claire Burres (@_house_77), a full-time mum, her husband, Brad Ellis, an instrument technician working offshore, and their two children, Ida, seven, and Buddy, three
The property A three-bed 1920s house in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire
Project cost £60,000