Following renovation accounts can be useful when renovating or building a home to spark inspiration and gleam helpful guidance from others' experiences.

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And the big reveal! Here is our BEAUTIFUL new roof. We are so proud of it, and so happy with how it turned out. I've been waking up every morning and looking out the caravan window in disbelief. The roof has completely transformed the place - it's really starting to look like it will all come together!!! Photo creds go to Cal, who took these beautiful "aereal" shots from the tippy top of two trees in our yard... These gorgeous slates are actually a composite slate called IKOslate. We are SO happy we found them. They are made from 99% recycled materials, and are completely recyclable at the end of their life - so we know we will not be contributing to landfill! They were SO easy to install, and they are 80% lighter than traditional slate (which is great, because our original roof had COLLAPSED under the weight of its slate!) It's an incredible product! You can learn more about the slates and our roofing system by clicking the link in our bio! Thank you IKO, for such a STUNNING roof! We couldn't be happier. I've added a few shots of our old roof and our roofing journey! Note: we still have some ridges to put up - they were out of stock at our supplier and we haven't done guttering, but we COULDN'T WAIT TO SHOW YOU!!! . . . #roofing #celebrate #happy #milestone #roofwetting #buildingthedream #diy #selfbuild #renovate #renovation #restoration #oldhomerestoration #victorianrestoration #victorianhome #victorian #whathavewedunoon

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Couple Claire and Cal 'accidently' bought Jameswood villa at an auction back in 2018 and have been restoring it themselves ever since. This creative couple's positivity is infectious and they also offer plenty of DIY inspiration for your Instagram feed. 


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Morning lovely people.... Well - for possibly the first time in my time on here I'm nearly lost for words... Nearly... But here isn't the place for such musings.. here is a place for riveting chat about sandpaper and screwing - something I can always find words for.. . I'm certainly very grateful that it's unlikely I'll find myself bored for the foreseeable.. and I'll continue where I can to try and keep you entertained along the way.. I'm even going to do my utmost not to cause additional burden to the NHS through my natural clumsiness and take health and safety seriously for once (though I'm not swapping crocs out for steel toe caps... I wouldn't go to A&E for a broken toe anyway!)... . With the goings on, it's made me think a bit more about the original history of the place as a Naval Hospital... It was the first hospital in the world of its type with a pattern of detached wards to maximise ventilation and minimise the spread of infection... Built in 1758 but still just as relevant today it seems.. the layout of the hospital was then used as a template for many others all over the world! . Stay safe lovely people, stay home where you can and be good to one another! Xx . Post contains beautiful radiators from a previous collaboration with @bestheatinguk . . . . . #georgianhome #georgianhouse #georgianarchitecture #architecture #worldofinteriors #sodomino #apartmenttherapy #stayhome #workingfromhome #henryhoover #floorboard #ceilingrose #sashwindows #beautiful #lighting #myhappyplace #panelling #partyroom #countryhouse #myperiodhome #hyggehome #hygge #cornice #mycountryhouse #townhouse #salon #renovation #restoration #beforeandafter

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Greg from @manwithahammer is now on his second renovation project, a vast, grand Georgian property in Devon, which he hopes is to be his forever home. He shares his trials and tribulations on his Instagram account.


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Caretakers Cottage - The Courtyard SHORT - We have a love - hate relationship with this cottage... we know it is going to be amazing but it keeps giving us problems and loves spending our money! LONG - See those beautiful blue bricks... they were supposed to stretch across to the left under the pile of soil that lay there. They didn’t! So instead of scuppering our plans we had to go in search of 2000 reclaimed bricks! Do you know how expensive they are? Very!!! We can not compromise on this though, they have to be reclaimed. It has to feel like it was always there (it should have been but over the years they have been taken πŸ‘ŽπŸ‘Ž) we know it will look good in the end, we just worry our bank balance won’t! πŸ˜‚ Happy Wednesday... did you know Dean is very superstitious about the number 13... 13k followers is giving him a lot of anxiety πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ he is blaming everything on that ... broken hand, bricks, me not making his porridge right πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Do you like the number 13? β€’ β€’ β€’ #walledgarden #restoration #cottage #restorationproject #gardencottage #workinprogress #reno #renovation #periodhome #periodhomes #periodhomestyle #oldhouse #oldhome #victorianarchitecture #sassyhomestyle #diy #architecture #kerbappeal #ivyremoval #courtyard #victorianhomes #Victorianhouse #cottage #workinprogress #victorianrenovation #victorianrestoration

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Dean and Borja have taken on a huge renovation project – an estate in the heart of Warwickshire – which they're documenting on Instagram. Expertise as an architect and a surveyor comes together with plenty of renovation experience, meaning that they can transform their 'tiny estate', which includes multiple buildings and gardens sitting on 2.5 acres of land, one step at a time with their own hands. 

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***New BLOG post - click on the link in my bio*** . You have to humour me because I don’t have much build progress to share right now πŸ™ˆ so I am taking it right back to the start & have written a blog post all about how we found the plot, the benefits of buying a bungalow even though I was firmly in the NO camp πŸ˜‚ & some useful tips on how to navigate the pre-planning process. And find out how much we spent before we had even completed on the property 😱 The one thing I have learnt through this process is that we are clearly risk takers which is not something I ever thought we were πŸ™ˆ . And this is a new before & after. There is a slight difference in the angle of this picture. I realised a lot of the shots I’ve been sharing show the house face on & it looks a little flat so trying to show you a side view here so you can see the shape of the building! πŸ™ŒπŸ½ . Also apologies for all of the foliage blocking some of the view, it needs cutting back & wasn’t intentional πŸ™ˆπŸ˜‰ . . . #scandinavianhomes #scandihome #modernhouse #blackhouse #blackhouseclub #renovation #archdaily #deezen #milkdecoration #boligmagasinet #vtwonen #architecture #houserenovation #reno #homeexterior #exteriordesign #bungalow #bungalowrenovation #timbercladding #shousugiban #myhousethismonth #granddesigns #renovationproject #renovators #selfbuild #fixerupper #fixerupperstyle #sodomino #apartmenttherapy #check9929

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Reena is an interiors and lifestyle writer, as well as a columnist for Grand Designs magazine. She is currently renovating a 1960s bungalow into a unique self-build home. Look out for her monthly columns in Grand Designs magazine and follow her account to track her incredible progress.


Gareth Boyd and his family showcase their timber clad self-build over on their Instagram account @thehouseinthehollow. If you want to see the reality of self-building while juggling family life, then why not add this account to your feed?


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How are you all?? . Oh my.... it’s crazy to see (and be able to photograph) the front of the house as there has been a huge mount of soil in the way. πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ Mound moved.... green roof being back filled and a tidy up at the front..... it’s looking more and more like a real home! 🏠🏠 . Also managed to find a builders merchants open.... yay! We can get the remaining 2 sheets of plasterboard we need, cement and timber!! 😁😁 . Seeing the house like this is a mixed bag. I feel like crying!! It’s been such a long road to get here and had we had an endless pot of money.... it would have been an easier journey!! But we made it 🀭🀭🀭... despite all the ups and downs 😝😝 . Sometimes it about just β€œdoing it” and not letting obstacle get in the way! Quite simply..... we just never gave up.... amidst the tears, anger, occasional heated debate 😜😜 pain, tears and everything else in between. . I appreciate times are weird....but if you keep going.... you can never fail!! πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ . Stay strong!! . Stay safe!! . . #tonyandnessselfbuild #tonyandnesshales #selfisolation #selfisolate #zinc #zincfascia #zinchouse #zincarchitecture #curvedarchitecture #selfbuilding #selfbuilders #selfbuildhomes #selfbuildproject #buildingthedream #buildingourdreamhouse #buildingtheimpossible #curvedwalls #buildingourdreamhome #buildingourhome #bespokehome #bespokehomes #transformation #exterior #exteriordesignideas #contemporaryselfbuild #paragraph55house #instahome #buildingonabudget #sorealhomes #beautifulhomesofinstagram

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Tony and Ness are building their own eco home in Norfolk, which features some impressive and unique design elements, including a curved flint tower, a living roof and a lot of zinc. Follow their incredible renovation journey and how they're navigating issues caused by the current lockdown.


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