Real home: A dilapidated 1920s house has its elegance restored

No one was more surprised than Jen Rothbury when she and her husband Miles found themselves taking on a renovation project.

‘At 36 weeks pregnant, moving house was the last thing on my mind, so when Miles suggested going to look at a run-down period semi, it was just curiosity on my part,’ says Jen. ‘I came out saying to Miles, ‘That was awful, wasn’t it?’ to which he replied, ‘No, I loved it!’ That evening we went through the floor plans and he explained how we could make it work – and the rest is history.’