A divorcee has turned over an £85,000 profit after renovating two homes when her marriage of 10 years broke down.
Adele Bradley, from Leeds, only began renovating her first property last January and decided to document her journey online.
The 39-year-old business consultant has now completed two house renovations and amassed more than 30,000 followers online, turning over an £85,000 profit in the process.
Ms Bradley thanks her divorce for giving her the opportunity and motivation to turn around her life.
She bought the first house for £136,000 with a £36,000 deposit earned from the sale of her marital home and has completely transformed it into a modern family house, complete with stylish furnishings and a kitchen boasting state-of-the-art fixtures and fittings.
Before: Work being done to the kitchen in the first of Ms Bradley’s properties. She ripped out the worktops, cupboards, and flooring
After: The room is now bright, airy and modern, complete with state-of-the-art appliances and a kitchen island
Anne Bradley (pictured left and right) threw herself into home renovations when her marriage of 10 years crumbled – and has now turned over an £85,000 profit
Before: The front of the property was in dire need of renovation, with overgrown shrubs in the garden and unsightly fence panels. Ms Bradley brought this £136,000 home with a £36k deposit from the monies she earned on the sale of her marital home
After: The home is now in fitting with other properties along the road, with a driveway big enough for two cars and an inviting frontage
She said: ‘When me and my ex-partner had to sell our new build, I knew the opportunity had arrived for me to do what I wanted.
‘It had taken six long months to sort everything out, and I knew I needed to focus my energy elsewhere and not be sat around.
‘My 10-year relationship had broken down, and so by January 2018, I was in my first project house, a three-bed semi in Rothwell, Leeds.
‘I’d been able to put down a deposit of £36,000 for the £136,000 property, and by the time I turned it around, it was worth £180,000.
‘I’d spent about £20,000 so walked away with a profit of £24,000 and by then I was still itching to do more.
‘My divorce had helped me see that I needed to be true to myself, and whilst we were still friends and he was supportive, I needed to be fearless and brave.’
Ms Bradley bought her second project home for £183,000 in September 2018, and has put it on the market for £285,000.
Before: The bedroom in the semi-detached property came with a built-in wardrobe and outdated curtains and wallpaper
After: Ms Bradley stripped out the wardrobe and turned the double bedroom into a light, paired-back and welcoming room
Before: As it underwent an extensive overhaul, exposed wires and flooring could be seen in the living room
After: In keeping with the rest of the home, the living room boasts stylish modern fixtures and fittings
Before: The old staircase was dark and drab, with floral decor and mahogany banisters and railings
After: The carpet has been stripped and replaced with a grey carpet to compliment the newly-painted banister and cream walls
She added: ‘This one I spent a little bit more on, around £42,000. Yet with the valuation, I’ll be making a property of over £60,000.
‘It’s been 12 months of solid graft but I like to keep busy, I’ve found something I love.
‘My favourite part is where there is no kitchen, no bathroom, and you’re living out of one room. Everything’s chaos but carnage is the best.
‘It’s an adventure and I can see progress. I’ve had some tradesmen talk down to me, but now that I’m about to hit my third house, I’m getting more and more empowered.
‘I’ve had flooring delivered in the dark, where the delivery driver has refused to move it any further down the drive.
‘So I’ve spent the night, in the soaking rain, dragging them one at a time into my garage.
‘I’m now looking for my third project, but the right one hasn’t jumped out yet.
‘I love it when I walk in and it looks like the 1970’S era has thrown up in it – I can visualise how I’m going to change. It all seems to fall into place, like a jigsaw.’
Ms Bradley was able to put down a deposit of £36,000 for the £136,000 property when she and her husband sold their home. Pictured, the kitchen
By the time she had finished, the property was worth £180,000. After spending around £20,000 she walked away with a profit of £24,000. Pictured, the kitchen after
Before: Bedroom two was similarly dark and in need of a revamp
After: Bedroom two has plenty of mirrors, storage lighting and wardrobe space
Ms Bradley is now looking into branching out into extensions.
She added: ‘I feel like I work best when I’m juggling lots of different things.
‘I love the pressure of working a full time in a job I love, then coming home to continue a renovation, making sure to keep in contact with everyone.
‘I can’t wait to get my teeth into something new.’