A builder by commerce, Craig Phillips received the primary sequence of Big Brother in 2000.
He has since change into an everyday face on TV, as a DIY skilled on ITV’s 60 Minute Makeover and as a presenter for the BBC, ITV, and Channel four.
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 house?
I purchased my first house 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 resolve to purchase at such a younger age?
My development enterprise was doing properly and so it made sense to purchase.
Additionally, I had been dwelling with my mum and stepdad in a pub which they ran, they usually had been planning to retire and so I needed to discover someplace to dwell.
What was in your property wishlist?
A small, indifferent cottage with lots of area 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 my home windows.
I additionally wished a private challenge, 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 had been on the lookout for?
Sure, but it surely took me two and a half years to seek out the fitting place on the proper value. I discovered locations however they had been over £100okay, which was method of out of my price range, and so I simply needed to sit tight.
Little did I do know that the fitting property was proper underneath my nostril – 500 or 600 metres from the pub the place I lived, down just a little non-public lane, simply off the excessive avenue. I had pushed down that lane thousand occasions over time 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 soar in and begin work on the home. It was just a little nerve wracking too, however thrilling greater than something as a result of I knew that getting on the property ladder was the fitting factor to do.
What work did you do on it?
I needed to do fairly in depth 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 £12okay 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 regarded prefer it had been round for the reason that 1940s.
Then I constructed a workshop on the land. I lived in a caravan whereas making an attempt 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 consumers?
Simply do it. You’ve type of received to step again to go ahead in life. So, when you’re occurring vacation two or thrice a 12 months, sacrifice that so you may get a deposit collectively and get on the property ladder – it’s very important.
In the event you hire for the following 20 years, that’s cash you need to use 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 a way lengthy did you reside in your first house?
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 Large 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 dwell 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 fitness center, video games room, bar, workplace, utility room, two balconies, and a pleasant lengthy open-plan kitchen, dinner and lounge.
See Craig Phillips’ creations on Instagram, @craigbigbro1
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