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Mom’s incredible 7 bed home makeover costs less than a tenth the price of the house

Accountant Sameera Stern-Gillet set about remodeling the Victorian semi-detached house she bought in 2019, despite never having picked up a drill before

Sameera knew that without interior design or DIY experience under her belt, it would be a challenge to work on it
Sameera knew that without interior design or DIY experience under her belt, it would be a challenge to work on it

A mum has unveiled an incredible renovation of her seven-bedroom home while spending less than 1/10th the price of the house.

Accountant Sameera Stern-Gillet, 41, from Manchester, did much of the work herself, although she’d never picked up a drill.

She bought her family’s Victorian dream home for £876,000 in 2019 and immediately set about transforming the home.

The 41-year-old lives in the seven-bedroom home with her husband Bertrand, their children Zayn, 11, and Rafi, 9, and their dog Piper.

Built in 1877, the home needed some tough love and Sameera knew that with no interior decorating or DIY experience working on it would be a challenge.







The mother revived her seven-bedroom Victorian home by doing much of the work herself
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Sameera had never picked up a drill before starting work on her house
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The family employed builders, electricians and plumbers on some parts of the house to ensure the renovation was carried out safely.

Sameera said, “I learned how to use a drill.

“I’ve learned that it’s actually quite easy to be sustainable if you want to, as we’ve repurposed old furniture for some of our projects.

“For example I bought an old Ercol unit from eBay for £100 and this was used in our bathroom and converted into the unit that houses the twin sinks and storage.

“Similar brand new ones would have cost over £1000.”

Over the past three years, she has spent £70,000 modernizing the home – less than a tenth of the £876,000 she bought it for.

The accountant always knew it was going to be a difficult project as the house needed updating.

Sameera said: “When we bought the house we knew this was going to be a project as the previous owners had lived here for 50 years and probably not much had been done to it in the last 20 of those years.







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The renovated master bedroom after work
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“I think when we bought it we knew we were going on a transformational journey.

“I’ve always loved interiors and while I’ve had no experience other than flipping through magazines, I wanted to put my own stamp on our new home.

“I got inspiration from looking at other house accounts on Instagram and it helped me understand what I like and what I wanted to recreate.

“I’ve always loved color but never had too much in my home, but I wanted to venture out of my comfort zone and like to experiment.”

With a project this large, she had to plan which rooms she could do herself, such as:







Added the bathroom to the master bedroom.
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The completely renovated bathroom
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She said: “We renovated the house in phases. It extends over three floors, four if you count the basements.

“We agreed that it’s best to start from the top so that floors two and one are finished.

“This included the refurbishment of four bedrooms and three bathrooms, repurposing one bedroom to create an ensuite bathroom and dressing room.

“Converting one of the top floor bedrooms into a utility room to house the washer/dryer and creating a children’s playroom on the top floor.

“The next phase will start with the renovation/extension of the kitchen on the ground floor.”

About £5,000 was spent on each room, Sameera estimates, and she’s proud to have created an ensuite bathroom and dressing room.







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“So far the biggest transformation has probably been turning the adjoining bedroom into the master bedroom,” she said.

“We left but added sliding doors and the second bedroom was split into a dressing room and ensuite.

“We probably spent between £2,000 and £5,000 on each room depending on what needed to be done.

“Some were more straightforward than others while some needed replastering, rewiring, new radiators etc. Obviously the bedroom/dressing room remodeling cost more.

“Another of my favorites was in one of my son’s rooms, we created a desk nook where the fireplace used to be and I was really happy with how that came together.”

The home’s transformation began during the Covid lockdown and she has been documenting her journey online – and has amassed a fan base of more than 12,000.







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The new office that has been transformed
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She said: “I started sharing our renovation journey online when we were in the middle of it during Covid and because of it.

“None of our friends could see how we were progressing.

“So I set up my Instagram account @21_holmfield to document our journey and also let our family and friends see how we’re progressing.

“To be honest, people usually love my posts, which is probably why my Instagram account has grown so quickly.

“I know my style isn’t to everyone’s liking, but I think there’s room for everyone to live together in peace.

“I also think most people follow me because they like my style and how we’ve transformed the rooms in the house.”







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Sameera has a lot more to say to her followers as she plans the next phase of her renovation.

“The next big project is the ground floor and I’m really looking forward to it,” she said.

“It is untouched and we are just awaiting planning permission to extend the kitchen and renovate the rooms.

“We have some beautiful fireplaces and high ceilings with intricate covings and I’m really looking forward to remodeling these spaces while trying to bring out the beautiful original features.”

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