David and Victoria Beckham have doubled the value of their Oxfordshire home through a variety of renovations.
The famous couple, who have owned the Grade II-listed barn conversion in Great Tew since 2016, have reportedly doubled the homes worth from £6 million to 12 million through their extensive renovations.
The pair have been busy after gaining permission to install a glasshouse, underground wine cellar, 2,976 sq m pond, football pitch and an Estonian igloo/sauna. This project will certainly provide plenty of ideas for those looking at renovating a house.
78 sq m glasshouse so they can live off the land
David and Victoria were granted planning permission to build a new kitchen garden with raised beds and glasshouse.
The plans include a 78-square-metre glasshouse and further plant growing areas so the family can live off their own produce.
David has also taken up beekeeping and even created his own bee hive for his new "hobby" and so the family can have their own supply of honey.
2,976 sq m pond with its own island
Despite the home already featuring an outdoor swimming pool worth £40,000 and a plunge pool worth £27,500, the family decided larger pond with island was necessary for the home.
The couple received planning permission to install a 2,976 square metre water feature with its own island last year.
Part of the planning conditions though meant no motorised boats could be used in the pond.
117 sq m underground wine cellar
The house has also installed an extension to the garage with a basement wine cellar that links to the main house.
The wine cellar will measure 117 square metres, enough to store thousands of bottles of wine.
Access to the cellar will be from a staircase next to the garage, which is also being extended to fit in four of their luxury motors including a McLaren, Aston Martin and a Hummer.
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Replacing £30,000 tennis court with football pitch
Further house renovation costs came when David decided to remove their tennis court and replace it with a football pitch.
The tennis court was only built in 2018 and was completed for £30,000, but was replaced when David wanted an Astroturf football pitch instead.
The pitch includes a wooden viewing platform so family and friends can cheer from the side lines.
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£4,000 Estonian igloo/sauna
In December 2018 Beckham revealed that he had bought an Estonian igloo/sauna for his Cotswolds estate worth around£4,000.
Beckham bought the sauna from Iglucraft. The sauna is pre-fabricated and can comfortably accommodate up to six individuals. Alongside its steam room and relaxation area, this triple sauna is equipped with a washing room.
Iglucraft characterises this washing room as "nostalgic" in style, lacking running water, but it can be customised to include a shower upon a client's request.
Approval to 'extend domestic curtilage' of house
In a parallel development, there are plans for the erection of a detached building on the Cotswold property.
This house extension is meant to serve as an office and storage space, catering to the evolving needs of the property.
These plans include a change of land use to "extend the domestic curtilage" of the house and also ensure that the property remains in harmony with its surroundings.
The Beckhams have also added to this outbuilding by adding a loft conversion to it providing even more additional space. This loft conversion comes with the addition of roof lights.
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News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals. Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.