A woman designed and helped build her own home from a rundown row of garages.
And now Stephanie Bertenshaw, of Marsden, is living the good life - and is starring in a hit TV series.
Stephanie and her partner Luke Stanley live in the house built out of five garages at The Old Coach House in Marsden, which is home to Stephanie’s parents Chris and Suzanne.
Now it is featuring in the Channel 4 series fronted by property expert Kirstie Allsopp, The Best of Both Worlds, which looks at people who have set up home in the country.
Stephanie, 24, is also able to work from a workshop set up in an extension and is running Felt Mountain Studios, specialising in handmade gifts, stationery, art, prints and homeware by up and coming designer makers, many of whom are local to the Colne Valley.
She was brought up in Oldham but moved to Marsden eight years ago when her parents set up an holistic health centre at Cellars Clough, on the edge of the Pennine village.
“I originally started my online business from home, which is where I still work now.
“This is where the inspiration for designing my own home came. My parents had some unused garages next to their house which I always thought would be great to convert into a studio home for me to live in... so I did it. The garages were really rundown but I knew they could become a great home.
“I roughed out the designs of what I wanted it to look like and helped with a lot of the labouring work. Everyone mucked in to help, especially my parents.
“It took two years, lots of hard graft and a keen eye for bargains to furnish it but now I have a perfect, mortgage-free home for me, my fabulous boyfriend Luke Stanley and my two dogs Lola and Ben.
“To top it all off, I decided to send off a little picture of my home to a ‘take part’ post I saw from Kirstie’s Facebook Page. They said they were looking for unique homes that are ‘The Best of Both World’s’ and little did I ever think I would be accepted. Just two hours later I got a call from Raise the Roof productions in Glasgow... and The show was screened last night and will be repeated tonight”.
Since completing the £150,000 house, Stephanie has added an extenion to create a workshop for her craft business.
She is also co-owner of The Emporium in Slaithwaite and will be selling her craft materials from there from March 30, along with work from other designers.
The Best of Both Words, Channel 4seven, tonight 8pm.
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