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Rachel and Michael McEntee

“BuildStore were the only people who really understood what we were trying to achieve and were able to secure funding for us, despite the commercial element of the build”

Rachel and Michael McEntee wanted to live in the heart of their local village. When The Old School House in Albrighton came on the market, they knew the run down old school house had fantastic potential to be converted into a 4 bedroom detached family home.

At the time the country was still in recession, making the property out of many people’s reach. The building was also classed as commercial meaning it couldn’t be covered by a conventional mortgage. The couple quickly realised that they weren’t going to get the project off the ground without specialist help. They approached BuildStore who understood precisely what they were trying to achieve and were quickly able to secure funding for the couple, despite the commercial element of the build.

As BuildStore specialise in funding for self build, renovation and conversion projects their specialist team were able to provide a mortgage to suit the couple’s needs with a lender who would accept the commercial element of the build. This provided them with stage payments in arrears throughout the project, allowing them to efficiently manage their cash flow.

Aware that the building had been the local school from 1857 to the late 1960’s and therefore a focal point in the village, Rachael and Michael were keen to ensure that they were sympathetic in the restoration and conversion, carrying out research on the building before starting and working closely with the Local Conservation Officer throughout.

Michael, being a builder, was used to working to a budget and the couple kept a close eye on finances throughout the job, working out a plan early on in the project the areas where the money would be spent. They also developed their own budgeting tips along the way to help keep costs under control, like putting quality door handles on a cheap door to make it look more expensive.

Rachel was able to contribute to the project by employing her Interior Design training to choose finishes, fixtures and colours, making the whole project a true team effort.

The project lasted 12 months and had to be fitted in between working full time and looking after their 2 small children. The couple insists it was worth all of their effort as they now have the home of their dreams. The icing on the cake was moving in on 23rd December, before which they had an Open Day for the locals to come and see the transformation and received 400 visitors in 3 hours.

“Moving in was an amazing feeling and we still pinch ourselves now!”

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