One thing that has become popular in recent years is posting your house renovations on social media, namely Instagram.

It’s a clever way to document your house’s progress as a keepsake as well as to provide inspiration for others.

Now, the trend has reached Salford. Salford residents Aimee Williams-King and Joseph O’Brien own an Instagram page called @our_home_on_coronation_street. They decided to post their first home and first renovation story online.

When asked about why they decided to share their journey on social media, Aimee and Joseph said: “We decided to share on social media because we enjoy browsing on social media house accounts ourselves. It’s also such a good way to keep our friends and families down south on our progress.”

Using Social Media for Inspiration

House accounts on social media have such a community online. Aimee and Joseph have definitely felt that support during their renovation project.

Aimee said: “Recommendations and inspiration are such big things when completing a house renovation, especially during lockdown and the Instagram community have really helped with that.”

“We have had such a great reaction and so many lovely comments. People have been helping us make decisions on various things as we are so indecisive!”

Social media has made the renovation project much easier for the two. It has allowed them to have direct contact with the people who’s houses they are taking inspiration from.

“With Instagram, you can so easily contact the person whose account it is and ask about a product or how they did something. People are so helpful.”

Copyright: Aimee Williams-King and Joseph O’Brien

Using Personal Experiences

The house has certainly been a labour of love for the two of them. But it has also served as good practice for their future careers as they are both almost qualified architects.

Aimee said: “We have both been in architecture for eight and a half years so far. I think that experience makes our expectations for this project higher.

“On a daily basis, we are involved with such amazing buildings, all done to such a high standard. It also makes us think outside the box with decisions to be made as we are surrounded daily with new ideas.

“We’ve done everything ourselves, except fitting a new boiler. We also plan to do as much as possible ourselves going forward. We are certainly learning loads of new DIY skills!”

The impact of COVID on their renovations

However, the journey has not been smooth sailing for the past year. This is due to Covid-19 and lockdowns.

Aimee said: “Covid has certainly slowed us. It’s taken longer to get quotes and deliveries but we also haven’t been able to have any family up as we initially planned. Having said that, Joseph was furloughed for a while so he did manage to make a start on stripping three stories of wood chip wallpaper. There have definitely been pros and cons.”

Copyright: Aimee Williams King and Joseph O’Brien

Despite the journey being less than easy, especially for a first house and first renovation, they are not dismayed by the experience and have even got plans for future projects.

“I have fully embraced living out of boxes and being surrounded by dust, I am loving it! Some days and weekends you just want to lie about in the chaos and have a day off from renovations but other days you feel so motivated. On the whole, we have loved it. Although we still have big plans to complete for this house we will definitely do another.” said Aimee.

Being chosen as a TV location

During the progress of renovating their house, the house was also chosen to be a filming location for a new Sky One psychological Thriller series.

“They haven’t come to film yet, but it’s exciting! We can’t wait to see what they do with the space.”

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