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'We gave our £265,000 period property a quirky makeover - now we've got a disco office'

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It can be difficult to know exactly what you are looking for when it comes to buying your first house. Some people opt for a new build home that is near enough ready to move straight into, whereas others prefer to take on the task of renovating an older property.

Despite there being pros and cons to both options, one positive of buying a period property is that you can often strip it all back and make it your own unique space, all whilst taking advantage of the character and original features that the house has to offer.

First-time buyers Lou Crane, 34 and Ryan, 26, bought a 115-year-old house in Cheshire back in 2021 and ever since they have been restoring and transforming it to suit their authentic style.

Lou spoke to the Manchester Evening News, as part of our Where I Live series, to tell us about their home-buying journey and the costs involved; whilst showing us inside to see how they've renovated. READ MORE: The Greater Manchester house transformed on a £10,000 budget Lou who is originally from Stoke-on-Trent and her partner Ryan, from Winsford, Cheshire, rented with some friends in Monton, Salford whilst saving up to buy their first home together.

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