Table of Contents
- The place did you purchase your first residence?
- Why did you determine to purchase at such a younger age?
- What was in your property wishlist?
- Did you get what you have been in search of?
- How did it really feel to be a home-owner, as soon as you bought it?
- What work did you do on it?
- What recommendation would you give to first-time patrons?
- For the way lengthy did you reside in your first residence?
- The place do you reside now?
(Image: Ken McKay/ITV/REX)
A builder by commerce, Craig Phillips received the primary sequence of Big Brother in 2000.
He has since turn out to be an everyday face on TV, as a DIY knowledgeable on ITV’s 60 Minute Makeover and as a presenter for the BBC, ITV, and Channel 4.
As a part of our sequence, My First Home, Craig explains how he purchased his first property in 1995 and nonetheless owns it.
The place did you purchase your first residence?
I purchased my first residence in Newport, Shropshire. It’s a four-bedroom indifferent home with a drive and a big backyard, plus parking round each the entrance and aspect of the home. I purchased it for £68,000, 25 years in the past.
Why did you determine to purchase at such a younger age?
My building enterprise was doing nicely and so it made sense to purchase.
Additionally, I had been dwelling with my mum and stepdad in a pub which they ran, and so they have been planning to retire and so I needed to discover someplace to reside.
What was in your property wishlist?
A small, indifferent cottage with plenty of house to have the ability to construct a workshop. I wished the cottage to be fairly secluded as I didn’t need neighbours to have the ability to look by means of my home windows.
I additionally wished a private undertaking, so it didn’t matter how derelict the home was as a result of I used to be able to renovating it.
Did you get what you have been in search of?
Sure, however it took me two and a half years to search out the proper place on the proper value. I discovered locations however they have been over £100k, which was approach of out of my price range, and so I simply needed to sit tight.
Little did I do know that the proper property was proper beneath my nostril – 500 or 600 metres from the pub the place I lived, down somewhat personal lane, simply off the excessive avenue. I had pushed down that lane thousand instances through the years however didn’t know what was on the finish of it.
How did it really feel to be a home-owner, as soon as you bought it?
Thrilling, as I used to be capable of leap in and begin work on the home. It was somewhat nerve wracking too, however thrilling greater than something as a result of I knew that getting on the property ladder was the proper factor to do.
Craig on Massive Brother (Image: REX)
What work did you do on it?
I needed to do fairly intensive work on the roof, the home windows and the doorways, which weren’t excessive sufficient to adjust to the mortgage firm’s guidelines. So, I secured the sale of the property and did £12k of labor earlier than they agreed to provide me a mortgage.
As soon as I secured the mortgage I replumbed the home, rewired the electrical energy, put in a kitchen and a brand new central heating system. I additionally removed the carpet and wallpaper which appeared prefer it had been round because the Nineteen Forties.
Then I constructed a workshop on the land. I lived in a caravan whereas attempting to make the house habitable. I lived there for 4 months and spent weekends and evenings after work renovating the property. The work on it price me round £70,000.
What recommendation would you give to first-time patrons?
Simply do it. You’ve type of bought to step again to go ahead in life. So, should you’re occurring vacation two or thrice a yr, sacrifice that so you may get a deposit collectively and get on the property ladder – it’s important.
For those who hire for the subsequent 20 years, that’s cash you should utilize to pay a mortgage on a property that may go up in worth and also you’ll end paying off after 25 years. So, chunk the bullet and in the reduction of on going to the pub, shopping for fancy garments and get a home.
For the way lengthy did you reside in your first residence?
Shut to 10 years. I actually loved dwelling there. It was a crossover home for me as a result of I had it for 5 years earlier than Massive Brother in 2000, after which after the sequence ended, I nonetheless lived in it for one more 5 years.
The place do you reside now?
Me, Laura [Craig’s wife], and our daughter Nelly reside on the outskirts of Liverpool. It’s an eight-bedroom indifferent home with 4 bogs, with a indifferent studio/workshop we purposely constructed for our Mr and Mrs DIY work.
The home additionally has a gymnasium, video games room, bar, workplace, utility room, two balconies, and a pleasant lengthy open-plan kitchen, dinner and front room.
See Craig Phillips’ creations on Instagram, @craigbigbro1
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