When Stuart and Alexandra Seear saw an empty, run-down property on the Isle of Wight, they were so excited that they put in an offer even before they viewed the inside.
“It was very underdeveloped but in an excellent location,” says Stuart. “It’s surrounded by woodland and there’s a beach a short walk away. Plus there’s a lovely community here, which makes it a safe and peaceful place to be without feeling isolated.”
Superficially, the bungalow appeared just a little tired. “It hadn’t been touched since it was built; the plot was overgrown, too, which made it look much smaller than it is,” says Stuart. “But I could look past that to see what the property could be.”
Although the final costs ran almost 20% over the budget, the £61,000 the Seears spent is impressive for the extent of works done.
Stuart and Alexandra love the property even more than they did at first sight; their now two-year-old daughter especially loves the garden, where she happily watches wildlife, such as the local birds and red squirrels.
“I love the light and the natural setting we have here,” says Stuart. “You can see trees from all the windows and hear the bird’s singing everywhere; it’s a lovely place to live.”