WHEN they're really young, it makes sense for your little ones to share the same bedroom – but as they hit their teenage years, it can become a source of real tension.
Last year, mum-of-two Emma Green, 50, from Cheshire, started looking into a home extension so her boys Jake, 16, and James, 13, could each have their own rooms.
But after being quoted a staggering £100k, the savvy mum decided to take on the project herself and turned to YouTube tutorials for guidance.
She explained: "My boys are of an age where they needed their own bedrooms – lockdown only emphasised the need for their own space.
"My mum was a big DIYer and I have inherited the passion."
To begin with, Emma sketched out a new floorplan of where she was going to split her master bedroom in two and then took it to a nearby wood merchants for advice.
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She added: "They were incredibly helpful and told me how much and type of wood I needed."
However, it wasn't all smooth-sailing – and Emma accidentally cut through a cable when extending her doorway.
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The mum explained: "The only small disaster I had was I decided to open up the old doorway cut the wall down with my jigsaw to make a banister and new landing without realising there was a cable routed around the previous door frame.
"As the lights were flickering realised I there was a problem, and I sent out a distress call to my electrician cycling friend who was able to save the cable and re-route it under the floor and up the wall."
After that, Emma brought in some tradesmen to re-route her cables and hang the doors.
That said, the thrifty mum built most of the bedroom herself with B&Q bargains- including completing the centre struts, insulation, plastering, wallpapering, painting and hanging the blinds.
Building materials (wood plasterboard, insulation, interior doors) – £500.28
DIY materials (Painting, plaster, filler, paint, rolls of brick wallpaper, rollers, banister etc.) – £705.04
Two roller blinds – £39.30
Plasterer – £250
Electrician – £100
Joiner – £150
Carpets for boys rooms – £300
Plumber (replace one radiator with two under each window) – £300.00
Designer stair carpet – £500.00
In total, Emma spent £2,844 on the project and it took her six weeks to complete.
She added: "I’ve saved thousands – I was getting eyewatering quotes from builders with limited availability.
"There are lots of resources out there both online and in-person, so [I’d advise] don’t be afraid to ask for advice.
"Wood merchants and hardware stores are filled with staff who are super experienced and helpful – they were always taken aback when I said what I was doing, and one laughed until I showed him the before and after pictures.
"Give it a go, you’d be amazed what you can achieve. However, I would say always seek professional help for skilled jobs such as electrics and plumbing as you could end up with a disaster on your hands."
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