A couple who weren’t allowed to look at cheap homes before buying said their gamble paid off.
Shane Fleming and his wife Christine bought a derelict house in the Portobello area of Dublin in 2020.
The two-story, terraced property had not been lived in for several years before the couple bought it.
Shane, a Chartered Valuation Surveyor, has worked in the real estate industry for 20 years, so he knew how ambitious this project was.
But the 40-year-old did not anticipate how difficult it would be to bring the old building back into use.
With a budget of around £300,000, the three-bed house had no central heating and only had plumbing in the kitchen.
Shane and Christine from New York improved their home’s energy rating from G to A2.
The pair also demolished the back of the house to create an open-plan ground floor.
“Would you do it if asked? [the rebuild] Again, I say yes,” Shane told the Irish Independent.
“I love working with property and would happily do it again. If you asked Christine, she would say ‘absolutely not’.”
“I think people want to live in these homes, but I don’t know how many people are willing to do all the work because it’s scary to take on these projects.”
He added, “Although it’s expensive, it’s great to be able to live in a house in the city. I would love to live there.”
The article comes after a woman revealed how she bought the “ugliest” house on the street and gave it an epic makeover.
In the video, which has been viewed more than 1.6 million times, she showed how the property features extravagant carpeting and a lush garden.