We renovated a wreck to create our dream Georgian home in Stockwell, and added £800k in value

Architect Nick Leith-Smith found a dilapidated dream house in south London. Though it was in poor condition, and the carpets were virtually jumping with moths, Leith-Smith, 40, could see “the bones were incredibly good”. It faced east-west, which guarantees the best light, and had a mature 40-foot garden, including two trees as old as the house. All he and his wife Susana, a banker, 37, had to do was bring it slowly back to life. Here's how they did it...

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