A 1960s Property Totally Transformed into Modern Home

 exterior of a 1960s home renovation
(Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

Our project takes the rather tired property mantra ‘You can’t change the location but you can change everything else’ to heart. We bought this house for its site, with lovely views front and back, large garden, its position, the village, local schools, nearby pub and all the rest of it. And we changed everything else.

Having identified a particular part of Staffordshire/Derbyshire, we kept an eye out for building plots and houses of potential in three or four villages. The one we ended up buying was one we’d scanned past on Rightmove lists many times before. The images were poor and the ‘what on earth is it?’ question remained unanswered.

Jason Orme
Managing Director

The former Editor of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine, Jason is an experienced self builder and has recently finished renovating his 1960s home. Jason is now Managing Director of Future PLC's Homes' portfolio, which includes UK-leading titles such as Ideal Homes, Livingetc and Homes & Gardens. He is also the author of The Self Build Dream. You can catch Jason in the seminar theatres and Advice Centre at many of the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows across the UK.