How this secret garden flat was renovated and extended for just £65,000 in the city

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(Image credit: Nic_Howett ©Henry_Woide)

Affordable and London are not two words normally seen together when it comes to housing, yet Nic Howett's stunning new family home is a prime example of how, with the right approach and some clever uses of materials, as well as a degree of determination, anything is possible. 

What started life as a run down, badly designed flat, is now a family home, full of natural light and with a brilliant connection to its garden — an urban oasis for Nic and his family to enjoy for many years to come. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.