'I make jewellery and design clothes so our (very small) flat was pretty rammed with tools of my trade,' says Tania. 'When we were buying our house, we always had the thought that my husband would have a study and I would get a studio. I never thought I would get an entire garage but my husband was totally behind the idea.'
Tania's husband, Zsolt, explains why: 'I think I was looking forward to having the studio done just as much as my wife did. Tania always wanted a place where she can merrily work away and have enough room for all her tools, which are plentiful.'
The garage was a great space with some nice features, and Tania saw the opportunity to draw attention to them.
'We left the brick exposed but insulated it for warmth,' says Tania. 'The roof was painted white but leaving the beams exposed, and stained dark, so it was still a high ceiling. There was one small dark window which was replaced, and another window installed to give more light. We also added many, many socket banks.
'It is a purpose-built studio now, with one end of the room kitted out with my silversmith tools – jewellers bench, soldering station and polishing station. The other end has my sewing table, fabric store and other dressmaking accessories. I also have an enormous bookcase for my trade books and sewing patterns.'
'My favourite part is my stone radiator, weighing about 100kg. That was a bit of a pain to install but totally worth it,' she adds. 'It is really my dream studio, although it's also the last bastion of my storage. I love being in there and can get lost for hours in my creative kingdom.'
Zsolt talks of his relief: 'The benefit for me was the relocation of said tools from various corners of the house to the studio – a win-win!'
If you're planning on doing a similar thing to Zsolt, make sure you have the right buildings and contents insurance to cover your treasure trove!
'I turned my spare room into a gym; well, I call it a gym – it's a room with a lot of gym equipment in it,' says David. 'The room is a lean-to – a little room adjacent to the house. The previous owner, who was a photographer, used it as a darkroom.
'I decided to redo it as soon as we moved in,’ continues David. 'We gave it a paint and put some carpet down, and then fixed some things to the walls, like a pull-up bar.'
As with many personal projects, David can always find reasons to improve his gym – or, rather, ask his wife to help.
'We kept adding a few things over the years,' he says,' even though my wife doesn't use it, she does all the DIY – she's the one who fixes everything to the walls!' reveals David.
If you're tempted to do some DIY, even if it's on behalf of your partner, consider adding extended accidental damage cover to your home insurance policy.
David's gym means he can fit exercise into his busy lifestyle, but it doesn't quite scratch his workout itch.
'I joined a proper gym again in January, because I like to get out of the house,' explains David. 'But my home gym is great first thing in the morning, because a lot of gyms don't open until after 7am, so I can go into my home gym at 6am, before work, and get a workout in.'