A mother-of-two with a passion for design has revealed how she transformed her small two-bedroom £200,000 bungalow into a ‘stunning’ dream five-bedroom house with a budget of £128,000.
Georgina Russell, from Cornwall, who kept only the structural walls of the clutter-filled bungalow she bought in 2017, told how the messy abode previously belonged to a hoarder who had passed away.
Speaking exclusively to FEMAIL, the savvy homeowner went on to explain how she took inspiration from the We Love Mrs Hinch Facebook group – and members were left so ‘mind-blown’ by her impressive transformation, that many didn’t believe it was the same house.
‘We now have a five-bedroom property with utility room, master suite, bathroom, entrance hall and open plan kitchen dining living room,’ Georgina explained.
Georgina Russell, from Cornwall bought a decrepit bungalow that had belonged to a hoarder, and decorated it in a Nordic style. Pictured, Bowen, Georgina and Tom’s son playing in the living room
Georgina Russell, a mother-of-two from Cornwall, shared impressive before and after pictures of her house makeover. Pictured, the cluttered bathroom before it was renovated
The mother-of-two turned a cluttered two-bedroom bungalow into a five-bedroom dream house. Pictured, one of the house’s bathrooms after the revamp
Before the transformation (pictured), the house’s kitchen was cluttered, small and dark – and there wasn’t enough space to contain all of the necessary equipment needed to prepare a family meal
Following the house transformation, Georgina created a spacious and light-filled laundry room (pictured)
The mother-of-two told how the refurbishment, combined with planning her wedding to husband Tom, an architect, whom she wed in July 2019, ‘was quite possibly the most stressful time of [the couple’s] lives.’
Before pictures show how the house was filled from floor-to-ceiling with clutter and looked in desperate need of a revamp.
The small rooms offered little natural light, while the dirty walls needed a lick of paint and the carpeted floors were outdated.
‘The garden was so overgrown,’ recalled Georgina. ‘There was even a car hidden in the drive that you could not see.’
The kitchen was stripped from the clutter and the carpeted floor was removed (pictured, during the transformation)
The couple’s lavish new kitchen, which boasts yellow and black decor, is miles away from the small and narrow kitchen the property had before
People online were so impressed with the results, they could not believe it was the same house (pictured)
The couple were given a hand by one of Tom’s friends, who helped turn the decrepit property into a lush five-bedroom home – complete with immaculate walls, lavish wooden floors, and even a gym.
They also got a wrap-around flat roof parapet extension and converted the garage to form two downstairs double bedrooms.
Outside of the property, the couple remodelled their garden and built two sheds to be used for storage, before widening the driveway to create two parking spaces instead of one.
Meanwhile, each room features a Nordic style, which is minimalist and helps to emphasise the house’s stand-out features – and many of the objects were purchased at a bargain price from the likes of eBay.
The small bungalow used to belong to a hoarder who passed away and was filled with clutter (pictured before)
The bedroom’s in the bungalow used to be full of junk (pictured). Georgina and her husband set to work removing all of the internal walls but three
The house’s living room was emptied and stripped of the carpet and wallpaper (pictured). The renovation took the family two year’s to complete
Georgina and Tom completely extended the structure of the house in a bid to increase the space. Pictured, the house’s staircase now
One of the house’s new bathroom, equipped with an Italian shower, bathroom and luxury sink (pictured)
The bungalow’s old bathroom (pictured) featured a damaged floor and ceiling – not to mention a moldy bathtub
Georgina and Tom removed the old bungalow’s narrow corridor, which connected all the rooms (pictured)
The couple created a light and airy children’s room – complete with bunk beds and pastel-coloured toys (pictured)
Tom and Georgina’s room (pictured left) is right next to their daughter’s room (right). The family finished the construction of the house in 2019
And many on the Facebook group were left blown away by the before and after pictures of the unrecognisable renovation – with some even joking it can’t be the same house.
‘What a spectacular job. It’s so beautiful. I would never have guessed it was the same house,’ wrote one, while a second commented: ‘I can’t cope with your house. It’s just absolutely mind blowing.’
A further added: ‘OMG! What an amazing space you have created. You must be exhausted? Time to sit with your feet up and take what you have achieved.
Pictured, the exterior of the house, old driveway and the garden when Georgina and Tom first purchased the bungalow in 2017
The house now (pictured) boats an extension and revamped garden. It also includes two driveways for parking instead of one
The exterior of the house from the back. It includes a gym and a veranda and a wooden terrace (pictured)
Georgina made sure her dream home included a gym (pictured), which boasts plenty of light and space
People on social media couldn’t believe how much the house has changed – with many branding the results ‘mind-blowing’ (pictured)