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Savvy couple transform grimy smoke-damaged house into dream home & it’s added £100k to the value

WHEN the majority of potential buyers viewed this smoke-damaged and dated 1970s property in Kent, it was tough to see past all the work it needed.

That is, until Rebecca and Fraser Brennan-Brown walked through the door.

The savvy couple saw a huge amount of potential hiding behind all the dated interiors.

First things first, Rebecca and Fraser, 27 and 28, managed to knock £40,000 off the asking price as the house was “filthy” and “smoke-damaged”.

In January 2021, the pair purchased their doer-upper for £375,000 and began work on the property - which boasts four bedrooms, two reception rooms and a conservatory.

Describing the early stages of the renovation, Rebecca said: "The house was such a mess.

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"It hadn’t been looked after very well so there were chunks of the floor missing, holes in the walls and general dirt everywhere.

"One of the worst problems was smoke damage caused by an old wood burner that was used to heat the house, which has meant we’ve had to scrub all of the walls to get the soot off."

What's more, the couple also had to battle against the cold while they lived through their huge renovation.

Rebecca - who works as a wedding planner - continued: "The windows were so bad that when we moved in, we literally had to wear three jumpers and hold hot water bottles so as not to freeze.

"The carpets were filthy and the house was ultimately in need of some care and attention."

Keen to document every stage of their progress, Rebecca and Fraser started a TikTok account called @our70shome.

Their most popular post has been viewed more than six million times and racked up 500,000 likes – with the pair showing off the reality of living in a house while renovating it. 

The video shows them deep cleaning every inch of the property, with the smoke damage from the wood burning stove clearly visible on the walls. 

In the clip, dark liquid seeps from the walls as Rebecca tirelessly scrubs them.

One person said: “I thought the walls were just releasing a dripping goo at first!”

“Hey your walls are bleeding,” another joked. 

Someone else added: “This was so satisfying to watch!”

Once they'd completed this step, Rebecca and Fraser began redecorating the rooms to their taste.

In the master bedroom, their ripped out the dated mirrored wardrobes and painted the walls a trendy sage green before hanging chic black-and-white portraits.

So far, they've spent half of their £50k budget which has gone towards knocking down the conservatory to make a large kitchen-diner and building an extension.

Upstairs, Rebecca worked tirelessly to modernise the bathroom and hand-painted the dark grout herself.

Rebecca said: "We want to create somewhere we can see ourselves living for the next 10 years that we can enjoy as a couple with our friends, and potentially as a family.

"We want to create a house suited to us and reflecting our personalities and lifestyle.

"Once the extension is finished, we hope to get the house revalued for around £475,000."

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