Couple who couldn’t afford £10,000 loft extension create epic £600 DIY space instead

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A couple have saved thousands of pounds with a DIY bedroom transformation for their three children – which cost them just £600 to create.

Gemma Horsfield, 30, lives with her husband Ben, 36, and their three children, Harry, eight, Oliver, five and Freddie, 22 months, in Tornagrain, Inverness.

The couple had been planning on building a loft conversion to provide their older boys with an extra bedroom and more space as they became more independent.

But at the end of February, Gemma and Ben decided to save time and money and instead, gave their sons’ shared bedroom an epic transformation.

“I got inspiration from Pinterest and decided the next day to rip out the wardrobes that were there and build them a huge bunk bed,” Gemma told Jam Press.



Gemma Horsfield, 30, lives with her husband Ben, 36, and their three children, Harry, eight, Oliver, five and Freddie, 22 months, in Tornagrain, Inverness.
Their two sons were desperately in need of some extra space

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“We wanted to give our sons more space, especially now that my eldest is eight, it would mean much less arguing as they can get away from each other.

It took Ben just a week and a half to complete the bedroom transformation, along with a little help from Gemma’s dad, Steve Rumbold, 59, who taped and decorated the room.



Gemma Horsfield, 30, lives with her husband Ben, 36, and their three children, Harry, eight, Oliver, five and Freddie, 22 months, in Tornagrain, Inverness.
They’re hoping it will put a stop to the arguments

“Ben measured out the rooms then drew out the design on a bit of paper,” Gemma said.

“He then bought the materials – wood batons, plasterboard and MDF from B&Q.

“Then we both ripped out the double wardrobes that were previously in the room and Ben built the lower bed first, before moving on to the higher bed and then the walls in between, along with the steps.



The couple ripped out the double wardrobes that were previously in the room and built the lower bed first, before moving on to the higher bed and then the walls in between, along with the steps



Gemma Horsfield, 30, lives with her husband Ben, 36, and their three children, Harry, eight, Oliver, five and Freddie, 22 months, in Tornagrain, Inverness.
They completely gutted the bedroom

“He used plasterboard to make it – he’s very good with tools and actually built our old house in Drumnadrochit about seven years ago.

The entire transformation cost just £600, saving the couple thousands of pounds as they were initially planning to splash out between £10,000-£15,000 on a loft conversion.

And Gemma and her boys can’t get enough of the new room.



Gemma Horsfield and husband, Ben, 36, had been planning a loft conversion to provide their older boys with an extra bedroom and more space
End result: The DIY job replicated a loft conversion



Gemma Horsfield and husband, Ben, 36, had been planning a loft conversion to provide their older boys with an extra bedroom and more space
Storage heaven: It’ll keep the boys so much more organised, too

“The boys love the lights in their bed areas and the secret play store cupboard under the stairs where they keep all of their toys.”

She added: “My husband and I love how much space there is to play now and our sons also get double beds.

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