I saved £1,000 building the living room of my dreams using B&Q & Costco bargains – it’s unrecognisable

A mother of three has revealed how she saved £1,000 by building the living room of her dreams using bargains from B&Q.

Carly Elwick, 36, was quoted £2,500 by an expert for the refurbishment – but decided to do it herself to save cash.

Carly's living room before the spectacular makeover


Carly’s living room before the spectacular makeoverCredit: Latest Offer
She built the living room of her dreams using B&Q bargains


She built the living room of her dreams using B&Q bargainsCredit: Latest Offer
Experts quoted her £2,500 - but she saved a fortune doing it herself


Experts quoted her £2,500 – but she saved a fortune doing it herselfCredit: Latest Offer

With an eight- and ten-year-old running around the house, she says her living room is rundown.

And Carly dreams of having a gorgeous living room with chimney TV walls — no designer racks.

She told Latest Deals.com: “We were quoted £2,500 to get the job done.

“I feel like we can do it ourselves for less money, even if it might take us longer.

“So we decided to do it ourselves and the first step was to gather supplies.

“Even during this period, I was able to save a large amount of money. I mainly source my supplies from Howdens and a local craft store.

“I also got some stuff elsewhere, for example I got a Dimplex fire from Costco. It’s a lot cheaper than a B&Q for the same variety – about £300 cheaper in fact!

“The bricks come from B&Q and the bricks behind the fire are actually polystyrene panels with a brick-like coating.

“They’re a lot cheaper than actual Brick Slips, but you really can’t tell what’s different from them unless you really get up close.”

“They are also very easy to install. Generally, the cost of the materials is around £900.

Carly’s savings help the family get the living room of their dreams – and save £1,000.

She explains: “The total cost of this project amounted to £1550 and included all the materials, electrical and plastering done by professionals, and the installation of two new doors. We saved £1000!’

“Everything was then primed and painted. An oak beam was ordered online and attached with screws so it can be removed later for painting.”

Russell Falcon

Russell Falcon is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing russellfalcon@ustimespost.com.

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