Buying a House To Renovate

Thinking of buying a house to renovate? Here’s an architect-led project that lays out how to do it on a budget.

In this article we cover:

  • Belfast terraced house renovation process from start to finish
  • Taking the renovation step by step
  • How to retain original features
  • How they upgraded the house to be comfortable for modern living
  • How they tackled the extension project
  • Securing the necessary consents from the planners and building control
  • Design for family life
  • What they would do differently
  • Specification and supplier list

Original house: 120 sqm
Extension: 24.5 sqm
Purchase cost (2012): £140,000
Construction cost: £36,000
Total project cost: £58,000 including professional and application fees, kitchen and bathrooms, finishes, full garden works, lighting, appliances, etc.
House value: £250,000


Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email

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