Divorcee, 39, makes £85,000 profit after renovating two homes

Divorcee, 39, makes £85,000 profit after renovating two homes

A divorcee has turned over an £85,000 profit after renovating two homes when her marriage of 10 years broke down.    Adele Bradley, fro

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A divorcee has turned over an £85,000 profit after renovating two homes when her marriage of 10 years broke down.   

Adele Bradley, from Leeds, only began renovating her first property last January and decided to document her journey online.

The 39-year-old business consultant has now completed two house renovations and amassed more than 30,000 followers online.

Ms Bradley thanks her divorce for giving her the opportunity to redesign properties – something she previously felt she was unable to do due to living in a new build.








Before: Work being done to the kitchen in the first of Ms Bradley's properties. She ripped out the worktops, cupboards, and flooring

Before: Work being done to the kitchen in the first of Ms Bradley's properties. She ripped out the worktops, cupboards, and flooring

Before: Work being done to the kitchen in the first of Ms Bradley’s properties. She ripped out the worktops, cupboards, and flooring

After: The room is now bright, airy and modern, complete with state-of-the-art appliances and a kitchen island

After: The room is now bright, airy and modern, complete with state-of-the-art appliances and a kitchen island

After: The room is now bright, airy and modern, complete with state-of-the-art appliances and a kitchen island 

Anne Bradley

Anne Bradley

Adele threw herself into home renovations when her marriage of 10 years crumbled - and has now turned over an £85,000 profit

Adele threw herself into home renovations when her marriage of 10 years crumbled - and has now turned over an £85,000 profit

Anne Bradley (pictured left and right) threw herself into home renovations when her marriage of 10 years crumbled – and has now turned over an £85,000 profit 

Before: The front of the property was in dire need of renovation, with overgrown shrubs in the garden and unsightly fence panels. Ms Bradley brought this £136,000 home with a £36k deposit from the monies she earned on the sale of her marital home

Before: The front of the property was in dire need of renovation, with overgrown shrubs in the garden and unsightly fence panels. Ms Bradley brought this £136,000 home with a £36k deposit from the monies she earned on the sale of her marital home

Before: The front of the property was in dire need of renovation, with overgrown shrubs in the garden and unsightly fence panels. Ms Bradley brought this £136,000 home with a £36k deposit from the monies she earned on the sale of her marital home

After: The home is now in fitting with other properties along the road, with a driveway big enough for two cars and an inviting frontage

After: The home is now in fitting with other properties along the road, with a driveway big enough for two cars and an inviting frontage

After: The home is now in fitting with other properties along the road, with a driveway big enough for two cars and an inviting frontage 

She said: ‘When me and my ex-partner had to sell our new build, I knew the opportunity had arrived for me to do what I wanted.

‘It had taken six long months to sort everything out, and I knew I needed to focus my energy elsewhere and not be sat around.

‘My 10-year relationship had broken down, and so by January 2018, I was in my first project house, a three-bed semi in Rothwell, Leeds.

‘I’d been able to put down a deposit of £36,000 for the £136,000 property, and by the time I turned it around, it was worth £180,000.

‘I’d spent about £20,000 so walked away with a profit of £24,000 and by then I was still itching to do more.

‘My divorce had helped me see that I needed to be true to myself, and whilst we were still friends and he was supportive, I needed to be fearless and brave.’

Ms Bradley bought her second project home for £183,000 in September 2018, and has put it on the market for £285,000. 

Before: The bedroom in the semi-detached property came with a built-in wardrobe and outdated curtains and wallpaper

Before: The bedroom in the semi-detached property came with a built-in wardrobe and outdated curtains and wallpaper

Before: The bedroom in the semi-detached property came with a built-in wardrobe and outdated curtains and wallpaper 

After: Ms Bradley stripped out the wardrobe and turned the double bedroom into a light, paired-back and welcoming room

After: Ms Bradley stripped out the wardrobe and turned the double bedroom into a light, paired-back and welcoming room

After: Ms Bradley stripped out the wardrobe and turned the double bedroom into a light, paired-back and welcoming room 

Before: As it underwent an extensive overhaul, exposed wires and flooring could be seen in the living room

Before: As it underwent an extensive overhaul, exposed wires and flooring could be seen in the living room

Before: As it underwent an extensive overhaul, exposed wires and flooring could be seen in the living room 

After: In keeping with the rest of the home, the living room boasts stylish modern fixtures and fittings

After: In keeping with the rest of the home, the living room boasts stylish modern fixtures and fittings

After: In keeping with the rest of the home, the living room boasts stylish modern fixtures and fittings

Before: The old staircase was dark and drab, with floral decor and mahogany banisters and railings

Before: The old staircase was dark and drab, with floral decor and mahogany banisters and railings

Before: The old staircase was dark and drab, with floral decor and mahogany banisters and railings 

After: The carpet has been stripped and replaced with a grey carpet to compliment the newly-painted banister and cream walls

After: The carpet has been stripped and replaced with a grey carpet to compliment the newly-painted banister and cream walls

After: The carpet has been stripped and replaced with a grey carpet to compliment the newly-painted banister and cream walls

She added: ‘This one I spent a little bit more on, around £42,000. Yet with the valuation, I’ll be making a property of over £60,000.

‘It’s been 12 months of solid graft but I like to keep busy, I’ve found something I love. 

‘My favourite part is where there is no kitchen, no bathroom, and you’re living out of one room. Everything’s chaos but carnage is the best.

‘It’s an adventure and I can see progress. I’ve had some tradesmen talk down to me, but now that I’m about to hit my third house, I’m getting more and more empowered.

‘I’ve had flooring delivered in the dark, where the delivery driver has refused to move it any further down the drive.

‘So I’ve spent the night, in the soaking rain, dragging them one at a time into my garage.

‘I’m now looking for my third project, but the right one hasn’t jumped out yet.

‘I love it when I walk in and it looks like the 1970’S era has thrown up in it – I can visualise how I’m going to change. It all seems to fall into place, like a jigsaw.’ 

Ms Bradley was able to put down a deposit of £36,000 for the £136,000 property when she and her husband sold their home. Pictured, the kitchen

Ms Bradley was able to put down a deposit of £36,000 for the £136,000 property when she and her husband sold their home. Pictured, the kitchen

Ms Bradley was able to put down a deposit of £36,000 for the £136,000 property when she and her husband sold their home. Pictured, the kitchen 

By the time she had finished, the property was worth £180,000. After spending around £20,000 she walked away with a profit of £24,000. Pictured, the kitchen after

By the time she had finished, the property was worth £180,000. After spending around £20,000 she walked away with a profit of £24,000. Pictured, the kitchen after

By the time she had finished, the property was worth £180,000. After spending around £20,000 she walked away with a profit of £24,000. Pictured, the kitchen after 

Before: Bedroom two was similarly dark and in need of a revamp

Before: Bedroom two was similarly dark and in need of a revamp

Before: Bedroom two was similarly dark and in need of a revamp

After: Bedroom two has plenty of mirrors, storage lighting and wardrobe space

After: Bedroom two has plenty of mirrors, storage lighting and wardrobe space

After: Bedroom two has plenty of mirrors, storage lighting and wardrobe space 

Ms Bradley is now looking into branching out into extensions. 

She added: ‘I feel like I work best when I’m juggling lots of different things.

‘I love the pressure of working a full time in a job I love, then coming home to continue a renovation, making sure to keep in contact with everyone.

‘I can’t wait to get my teeth into something new.’

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