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Finding the perfect home in the UK capital is no mean feat, but Andrew Overin saw the potential to transform a dilapidated terraced house into a modern dwelling

When Andrew Overin first viewed what he knew would become his future home, he didn’t miss the fact that other prospective buyers were just walking in and straight back out. The house was a dated and fairly unremarkable mid-terraced dwelling, with carpet that still smelt like cats, but the high ceilings and large windows reeked of potential.

It was a competitive housing market, so a property in such a good location was a lucky find. Plus, Andrew felt he had the skills to transform it into something special, after spending over 10 years updating his former abode. “I thought this house had real promise and I was trying to find a bargain,” he says.

A clear vision

There were two key areas of the house that Andrew felt could benefit from a revamp – the unused attic and the small kitchen at the rear. For the former, a complete conversion would add another storey, and for the latter, a wraparound extension could transform the space into a multifunctional zone, ideal for entertaining. Plus, to avoid any areas of the large room becoming too dark, a set of rooflights would help to ensure the space was well-lit throughout the day.

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The September edition of Build It magazine will help you get your self-build, renovation or extension project off on the right foot. It’s packed with inspiration and advice, including: • Britain's best self-builds and renovations (page 19) • A contemporary, low-maintenance home (page 30) • Prefab homes: The future of self-build? (page 70) • Why underfloor heating makes sense for renovations (page 73) • How to create the perfect kitchen-diner extension (page 94) • How to get value for money (page 106) … and more!