Homeowner is spending £125,000 to turn his home into a haven of luxury – but wait and see what it looked like
A OWNER has spent £125,000 to transform his cluttered home into a haven of luxury.
Grant Brotherton’s property was overflowing with empty cider and beer bottles, as well as discarded pizza boxes in the living room.
The kitchen was also piled with litter that covered the worktops and overflowed into the doors.
But he transformed it for a family of six who moved in last month.
The loft space was built upwards, which transformed it from a three-bed house to a five-bed house, along with a new kitchen and new bathrooms.
Grant, 39, from Ashington, Northumberland, said: “It was a tough project.
“The guys who cleaned it said it was the worst property they’ve cleaned in 34 years of work. The whole ground floor had so much trash and liquid it was rotten.
“Also, finding out the floors were rotting was something we didn’t budget for, but it’s now an amazing space for the family that lives there.
“I’ve done 61 properties now and most of them are mine houses which I’d like to think are mini-palaces built to a high standard.
“I tell tenants that I own the bricks and the motor, but they own the house, so I purposely make them with neutral colors so they can choose whatever they want.
“It’s the biggest renovation I’ve done. Normally I have a team that comes in and out in eight weeks, but it took six months.
“But it’s a happy ending now because there’s a big family now and the neighbors are happier because he’s been barricaded for so long.”
He said there were a lot of issues with the property and the family living there. The neighbor had been trying to sell her house for five years but couldn’t because of the neighboring property.
Grant added: “The neighbor had been trying to sell her house for five years but couldn’t because of the condition of the neighboring property.
“There was damp coming through the walls and lots of flies from the smell, so she contacted me to see if I was going to buy it and do it again.
“I bought the property just before Christmas last year and used a local removals company. It took them two weeks and 64 trips to the dump just to remove the rubbish.
“I could only guess what was behind the doors as I could only enter once I had the keys, but once I did the smell was horrible.
“The worst thing was the cobwebs getting on your face.
“During the two weeks of cleaning, one of the guys became ill with Weil’s disease which comes from rat urine.
“He had been living there for the past 25 years until March last year. The disorder was clearly due to poor mental health and a lot of alcoholism.”