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Find out how couple transformed their gorgeous 7-bedroom house for just £700 in only six months

Mirror logo Mirror 20/02/2018 Katie Bellis

© WalesOnline/ WS A couple have completely transformed their run-down seven-bedroom home in just six months - and only spent £700.

Richard and Taylor Howells knew the property was their dream house - but knew it would take decades the change the property from a building site into a proper home.

The couple described the home in Ystalyfera, Wales, as full of junk and dirt.

But they were determined it would soon be a palace and within six months have completely transformed the property by buying everything they needed from Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace.

Richard and Taylor have saved thousands of pounds using the money savvy trick to get everything they need.

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Richard and Taylor say the house was full of dirt and junk when they moved in

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The seven bedroom home has been completely transformed for just £700

Taylor told Wales Online : "When we bought the house in the Swansea Valley, it needed so much work, it was something out of a horror movie.

“But we absolutely loved it and we just went for it. It needed so many big jobs doing on it that the interior had to take a bit of a back seat.

“I’m awful and can’t wait at all so I just decided to get creative. Pretty much everything we’ve achieved so far has been on a tiny budget as boring jobs like the roof and scaffolding have taken priority.

“I’m a big lover of up cycling, Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace, I have managed to be lucky with a few key pieces in sales and independent shops.

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The living room has been completely transformed and is now a comfortable and luxurious living space

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The home could not look more different

“We managed to have a wonderful first Christmas without feeling like we were living in a building site and I’m quite proud of it now.

“It’s still a long way to go but it’s a good start,” she added.

The 27-year-old has spent around £700 reinventing some of the rooms inside of the property with new decor and furniture.

She said: “The kitchen cost under £400 by buying second hand appliances such as a cooker and dishwasher.

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The bathroom was run down and old fashioned when the couple moved in

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Taylor and Richard spent less than £250 completely transforming their bathroom

“The bathroom was also under £250 as we re-enamelled the existing suite and bought an off cut for flooring and used upcycled items for the rest.”

The bargain hunter said there was a lot of damage caused to the property.

Taylor explained: “I refused to go into one of the bathrooms in the first couple of weeks as it was so horrendously dirty. We couldn’t afford to replace the suite so used a re-enamelling kit to make it white.

“The living room was damaged by rainwater flowing back in from the gutters. Even after getting the keys we needed multiple skips to clear the junk, the balconies were all overgrown.

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Taylor didn't want to put their belongings into the old kitchen cabinets

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It should have taken the couple decades to renovate the home

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The stunning home looks completely different just six months later

“I couldn’t bring myself to put any of my things in the dirty old kitchen cabinets but couldn’t afford to buy all new ones for my plates.

“I bought a cabinet from an old shop that was closing down for £25 and have used it to store a lot of my stuff."

But she did admit the last six months have been "very stressful".

She said: “My husband Richard loves DIY and I love interior design, we have both done this together and it has been hard. We both work full time so we have to stay up late to try and get things done.

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Even the garden looks completely different

“It can be relaxing at times but also stressful, we have saved so much money by doing it this way.

“We have had so much support from our family, they have been brilliant. I would love for most of the rooms to be complete in five years, but this is now our forever home.”

Find out more about the couples journey by following Taylor's renovation blog .

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