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Simon and Leah Mears - Renovation and Extension Project

Simon and Leah Mears live with their Border Collie in the market town of Ashburton in Newton Abbot, Devon. With plans to both renovate and extend their 1930s bungalow, which they purchased for £230,000, they set about researching their options and organising their finances.

The Mears initially spoke to high street lenders but they were turned away because the bungalow was asbestos clad. Luckily, BuildStore came to the rescue with its Accelerator mortgage for £90,000.

The renovation progressed quickly with Mr Mears, who is a builder, carrying out much of the work himself, including the tricky and potentially hazardous removal of asbestos.

Mr Mears describes the bungalow as being both “very modern, but also traditional” and says that, thanks to BuildStore’s help in getting the project off the ground, the overall experience of renovating was very positive indeed.

The Mears had intended to stay for in their bungalow for only three to five years. However, they have fallen in love with the area and are planning to further develop their home. They have planning permission to build up into the eves to provide them with another two bedrooms and an additional bathroom. The Mears are also planning a conservatory extension to create space for Mrs Mears, a physiotherapist, to integrate a physiotherapy clinic in to their home. Watch this space!


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