What a Makeover! From Drab 1960s House to Head-Turning Home

the outside of a modern renovation to a 1960s home
(Image credit: Dave Burton)

Like many couples, Jodie and Andy Thake could not afford the idyllic home they had in mind when they started looking for a bigger house and garden for their growing family. They could, however, rustle up the funds for a very ordinary late-sixties suburban home in the right location.

“I first saw it without Andy and thought the garden was amazing,” says Jodie, a teacher. “The house was nothing like the properties we would normally go for — not very modern, and quite dark and uninspiring inside.