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Not so bleak house...

A couple have embraced austerity by completely refurbishing their home with reclaimed goods.

Kresse Wesling and James Henrit bought their two bedroom flat last year when it was little more than a shell.

Now, after trawling charity shops and tips and searching on websites Gumtree, Freecycle and eBay the pair have created an incredible home from items destined for landfill.

What would have cost around £35,000 using new materials has been achieved for a fraction of the cost - albeit with a lot of hard work.

Their kitchen is created from reclaimed wood and granite and the tiles in their hallway are made from old firemen's hoses.

A disused work bench has been turned into a dining table and other furniture including the sink has been found at dumps and transformed into spectacular pieces.

Kresse, 34, said: "Our bed and closet were made from scaffolding poles and we found many things at the dump or in charity shops.

"We don't have two knives and forks that are the same and we use old jars for glasses.

"But we have a lovely Chesterfield sofa and Tibetan rugs in the floor and Welsh slate tiles in the bathroom.

"We have proved it can be done as long as you keep your mind open and are prepared to do the work."

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