Bog-standard three-bed semi transformed into a dream home

A bog-standard three-bed semi in the north of England bought for £170,000 has been transformed into an Instagram dream home.

Lyndsey Gynane has added more than £100,000 to the value of the property she bought with her partner in April 2018.

Lyndsey, 42, told the ECHO: “When we came to view it we knew the potential. We wanted to make it all open and renovate each bedroom and make it into a family home.

“We’d not renovated before, it was our first time doing it but with the vision we had we knew we could make it into more than a three-bed semi.

“People look at it on Instagram and think it’s half a million pound house, but it’s not, it’s just a three bed semi in Liverpool.

“It just shows what you can do when you put your mind to it.”

Lyndsey Gynane blogs her home renovations at @home_at_242 Instagram

Lyndsey has gained more than 130,000 followers on Instagram by sharing before and after pictures of the transformation.

She said: “I just started documenting the journey on Instagram and showing the full renovation from when we bought it and what we did over two years ago.

“It’s just gone crazy, it’s a little bit mental. People are following to see how we’ve done it, what we’ve done and also for inspiration.

“I have documented it all to help other people as well with their renovations.

“Many tell me ‘I didn’t realise how you can transform an old house’, so I just give little bits of advice and stuff.

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“While we have hired people to do the major renovations, I’ve done most of it myself, all the decor is done by me.”

Before and after images of her house. @home_at_242 Instagram

Lyndsey’s favourite part of her home is the ‘spa-like’ bathroom, or her open plan living area.

She added: “Obviously the extension and open plan and bifolds – that’s the main feature, but the bathroom is a big thing for me , because the bathroom and how we transformed that… it’s like a little mini spa now.

“I love my baths, and it’s like my little sanctuary with the feel you get from it.”

Before and after of the living room. @home_at_242 Instagram

Before and after of the hallway. @home_at_242 Instagram

One of the biggest changes is the front of the property. The exterior walls went from pebble dash to fresh white, and the couple changed their window frames and front door to make it look like a brand new house.

Before and after of the bathroom. @home_at_242 Instagram

Lyndsey Gynane, from Halewood, racked up over 130,000 followers after transforming her Liverpool home into an Instagram dream house

The hallway and staircase have also been transformed, with a new glass banister, plush carpet and brighter flooring throughout.

In the living room, a dated fireplace and patterned wallpaper were swapped for an ultra-modern fire, skylights and bi-fold doors leading out on to the back garden.

Upstairs, a separate bathroom and toilet were knocked through to create one larger room, with the panel bath being removed to make way for a huge freestanding bath that wouldn’t look out of place in a luxury spa.

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Tthe open plan kitchen and living area to the rear of the property has been knocked through and extended out, with the bifold doors running the length of the space.

A sleek kitchen island and all white colour scheme is a million miles away from the dark old appearance the house had when the couple first moved in.