Thanks to shows such as Changing Rooms, we all know that small improvements can make a big change to your house.
A few small tweaks can make a big difference – and they don’t even need to break the bank.
One mum has won praise after totally revamping her house by adding an extra bedroom.
The nifty work only set her back £140 – and it took her less than a week.
Mum Amy Harty, 35, created the extra room in her Essex house in a bid to give her daughter a private space.
She live with her four children, aged between 5 and 11, in a three-bedroom property in Essex.
Like many people across the country, Amy was furloughed from her job and has been kept busy home-schooling her children.
But she managed to find time to renovate her house by adding an extra bedroom – in order to give her seven-year-old daughter her own room for the first time.
“Lockdown has been tough with us all being home 24/7, so the need for separate rooms became more necessary now than ever before,” Amy said.
“I live in a three-bedroom home, two rooms are doubles and one is a single.
“My daughter, who is seven, was previously sharing with her two brothers.
“The third bedroom in our home is also tiny so I decided at the end of January to build a fourth bedroom by dividing the largest room into two rooms using a stud wall.”
The DIY fan completed the project herself – with guidance from her grandad and the internet.
And she has shared her sums for the impressive project – so if you’re feeling inspired, you can give it a go.
She said: “I bought the wood from Wickes for £3.29 per plank and I used 18 in total.
“The plasterboard was purchased from Jewson for £8.50 per sheet and I used six sheets in total.
“I also spent £30 for paint, so the whole thing cost just £140.22.“
Explaining how she created the divider wall, the dedicated mum said: “I found the joist in the ceiling and screwed the first plank to that, then began building the frame from that.
“Then I cut the plasterboard to size using a Stanley knife and screwed each sheet to the wooden frame.
“Finally, I filled any joints and gaps with filler, sanded it all down and painted the walls.
“I scrubbed the floorboards to save on the cost of new flooring.”
The huge project took six days and naturally her daughter was left jumping for joy.
But Amy has grand plans for the room, adding:“My two sons will have the other half of the room, which is yet to be decorated.”
The mum shared the final product on Facebook, and the post has racked up more than 5,500 likes so far.
One fan wrote: “You have done an amazing job, looks so cosy in the new room.”
Others were inspired too, with one person commenting: “Wow that’s amazing! I’d love to do this.”
“Looks brilliant. We are in the process of splitting out big room into three, it makes such a difference and I can’t wait until ours is finished,” wrote a third person.
Naturally Amy is elated with how her thrifty DIY job turned out.
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She said: “I am over the moon with how things turned out.
“It has been a tough week trying to juggle looking after the four children, helping with school work and building the room but it was all worth it in the end. “
“We are now playing catch up on some of the school work that was missed last week, but the long-term effects of having this space will outweigh having to catch up.”