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Couple bust home refurb budget by £100k – but have nowhere to eat

When Mark and Natalie snapped up their dream home they knew it needed work.

The couple paid £750,000 on a stunning Georgian town house in the stunning seaside town of Broadstairs, Kent.

As soon as they moved in accountant Mark and music teacher Natalie set to work in transforming it into their forever home.

Their home refurb journey was featured on this week's George Clarke's Old House New Home on Channel 4.

Initially Mark and Natalie had a budget of £60,000 to completely revamp their home.



But the pair admitted the amount they had to spend making the former care home into their dream home was "flexible".

Mark and Natalie spent a whopping £160,000 on updating the tired and dated decor and making the rooms fit their family's needs.

And while the overhaul of the dated and tired interior is undoubtedly stunning, viewers were left perplexed by one missing detail.

The former kitche had room for two huge dining room tables, which were used for the 29 care home residents the house was previously used for.

But after Mark and Natalie had finished there was only room for one two-seater dining table in the kitchen.


Unfortunately, Mark and Natalie have three children, and people watching were quick to point out the family of five have nowhere to eat.

John Franklin wrote on Twitter : "Where do the family of five eat if they only have a dining table for two people."


And other people were stunned by how much Mark and Natalie had blown their budget.

One wrote: "That's not flexible, that's more than double-able."

Another added : "160k and that's not the while house!"

The seven-bedroom home had originally come with two kitchens but these were dated and were ripped out.

Mark and Natalie stripped the garish and bold wallpaper and replaced it with neutral coloured paint and embossed wallpaper.

The care home had three toilers but these were replaced with a utility room.

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