5 budget tips from a cottage renovation completed for under £60k

stone cottage renovated with white render
(Image credit: Ben Knight)

When Luke Thomas purchased an unmortgagable cottage in the Welsh town as his first major project renovating a house, he knew that restoring the ramshackle building would prove a challenge, but then health concern, the pandemic, financial constraints and a tight schedule made the ambitious task even more daunting. 

1. See potential in a derelict building

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