An imaginative extension or two and the value of a council house has been doubled.
Mikko and Joanna Launkkanen searched for a neglected, simple ex-council house with the vision to transform it with an extension to the rear and a loft conversion.
When their son arrived they decided they needed more room in their home and with Mikko being an Architect they decided a run down ex-council house was the way to go.
The pair bought the house for £572,000 and spend a further £215,000 on renovation and extensions. Once complete the house was given a value of £1.2 million.
Initially the plans for the ex-council house in North Sheen, were rejected. The couple went to appeal and won, work started and the house was left unrecognisable with 60 per cent more floor space created during their limited build schedule of just four months.
A master bedroom with en-suite in the roof space was created, with a large kitchen diner added to the rear with bi-fold doors to connect the outside with the inside. A WC was fitted under the stairs downstairs.
Though the value of the completed house doubled, the renovations and extensions were built on a tight budget, they made replica fittings rather then buying expensive pre made items off the shelf, used auctions sites, used mirrors around the walls to create more natural light and make rooms appear larger.
All the works were finished just two days before Christmas.
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