Woman transforms home with DIY makeover and adds £70k to property value

Vic Au-Yeung has managed to completely transform her home (Picture: Jam Press)

Vic Au-Yeung, 42, wants to show that DIY home renovation is feasible, even when there are challenges.

Vic, from Herefordshire, has a rare bone condition called Klippel-Feil syndrome, as well as dystonia, a chronic condition in which muscles contract involuntarily.

This means she is often in pain and uses a wheelchair to get around.

So when it came to redecorating the home she shares with her husband, Shawn, and their 15-year-old daughter Jazmyn, the transformation didn’t just have to meet the aesthetics – it also had to meet Vic’s accessibility needs… all of them. while sticking to a budget.

The family moved into the four-bed detached house five years ago, paid £230,000, and immediately went to work.

But two years after the big project, Vic’s condition worsened, changing her home needs.

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The family’s DIY plans have been modified to work for them, and now the results are seriously impressive.

Vic now estimates that their work added £70,000 to the home’s value.

In the kitchen, accessibility is central to the design, with an open-plan layout, rustic-chic interiors, and greenery that runs from the ceiling to the wood-panelled breakfast bar.

Looks pretty cool, right? Spoiler: the refurbishment of this room only cost £50 to do.

kitchen for do-it-yourself transformation

The kitchen before the renovation (Photo: Jam Press/@our_home_in_kingstone)

kitchen for do-it-yourself transformation

It was fine, but super bland (Photo: Jam Press/@our_home_in_kingstone)

Vic Au-Yeung's kitchen after his DIY transformation

And here it is (Photo: Jam Press/@our_home_in_kingstone)

Vic Au-Yeung's kitchen na

The kitchen will cost just £50 to refurbish (Photo: Jam Press/@our_home_in_kingstone)

“We started refurbishing right away because we wanted to make it a house and put our stamp on it,” says Vic.

‘I like the industrial and upcycled look; my coffee table in my living room is even a cable reel.

‘I also have an enormous passion for plants, they have become a big part of my decor.

“My favorite compliment I always get is when people say they can see so much personality in my house.

Vic Au-yeung's dining room earlier.

The dining room for… (Photo: Jam Press/@our_home_in_kingstone)

Vic Au-Yeung's dining room afterwards

…and beyond (Photo: Jam Press/@our_home_in_kingstone)

“Although I always get inspiration from others, I would hate it if my house looked exactly like someone else’s.

“I think you appreciate it more this way because we put so much work into it.”

Among the changes were adding ramps to the yard and installing a stairlift, which Vic painted black.

“I had been looking for a new stairlift for months and just had to wait for the right one to arrive,” she said.

Vic Au-Yeung in wheelchair

Vic uses a wheelchair so the house must be accessible (Photo: Jam Press/@our_home_in_kingstone)

Vic Au-Yeung's Stairs and Stairlift After DIY Makeover

But style is also key – so Vic waited to find the perfect stairlift and then painted it black (Photo: Jam Press/@our_home_in_kingstone

Vic Au-Yeung's stairlift before

Here’s what it used to look like – what a difference some paint makes, right? (Photo: Jam Press/@our_home_in_kingstone)

‘When that was the case, I painted it black and again that mobility aid meant freedom.

“Not having to crawl up and down the stairs like I did for years was a treat.”

The dining room, which cost just £20 to transform, delivers Scandi vibes with white chairs, a fuzzy rug and dark navy and gold storage units, while in Jazmyn’s room, green walls are complemented by minimalist artwork and a sweet pink stool.

Vic Au-Yeung's garden after DIY transformation

The garden took most of the work (Photo: Jam Press/@our_home_in_kingstone)

The parents’ bedroom has a touch of deep blue for a lavish feel, plus large wall art.

The budget for all of this was kept low thanks to a mix of the couple doing the work themselves, buying products and materials from Facebook Marketplace and high street stores, and receiving donations.

In her bedroom, Vic spent around £300, while the transformation of her daughter’s room cost £200.

The cost of the living room was kept low with £30 of paint and some cheap eBay finds to decorate with, while the kitchen set them back £50 and the dining room only £20 to refurbish.

Vic Au-yeung's living room earlier.

The living room in front of it… (Photo: Jam Press/@our_home_in_kingstone)

Vic Au-Yeung's living room na

…and now (Photo: Jam Press/@our_home_in_kingstone)

Vic Au-Yeung's living room na

Scandi vibes (Photo: Jam Press/@our_home_in_kingstone)

Vic said, “The only problems I’ve encountered in furnishing my house is a non-existent budget.

“Now that I’ve stopped working, there isn’t much money left to spend on our house.”

For anyone thinking about a DIY project, Vic has some words of wisdom.

She said: ‘There are many grants available that many of us are not aware of, so always ask.

Vic Au-Yeung's bedroom before

The parents’ bedroom for… (Photo: Jam Press/@our_home_in_kingstone)

Vic Au-Yeung na .'s bedroom

…and beyond (Photo: Jam Press/@our_home_in_kingstone)

Vic Au-Yeung na .'s bedroom

A great view from the bed (Photo: Jam Press/@our_home_in_kingstone)

Vic Au-Yeung na's bedroom: chair in the corner

Cozy Textures (Photo: Jam Press/@our_home_in_kingstone)

jazmyn's room before

This is what daughter Jazmyn’s room looked like when the family bought the house (Photo: Jam Press/@our_home_in_kingstone)

Vic Au-Yeung na's daughter's bedroom.

Now it looks super fresh and new (Photo: Jam Press/@our_home_in_kingstone)

“When decorating on a budget, the best advice I can give is try not to compare your home to others.

‘Keep stepping back and appreciating how far you’ve come, don’t get bogged down [about] how far you still have to go.

“Don’t be afraid to try new things when it comes to DIY.

Vic Au-Yeung's sideboard na

Many of the details were DIY on a budget (Photo: Jam Press/@our_home_in_kingstone)

The front entrance of Vic Au-yeung na

Plants add some life to the space (Photo: Jam Press/@our_home_in_kingstone)

: Vic Au-Yeung with husband Shawn and daughter Jazmyn

The family loves the feel of their home after years of hard transplantation (Picture: Jam Press/@our_home_in_kingstone

Somewhere on YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram and even TikTok now, there will be instructions or tips to help you achieve what you want to do, just stick with it.

“The sense of accomplishment when you’ve done something you never thought you could do is an incredible feeling.”

You can check out more of Vic’s home on the @our_home_in_kingstone Instagram.

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