Surprise makeover for home of Rushden man recovering from a mini stroke

The couple outside their Rushden houseThe couple outside their Rushden house
The couple outside their Rushden house
Chris and Chloe Hawes returned from a weekend away to find their house had been given the TLC it had been crying out for since they bought it

A weekend break provided the ideal opportunity for the family of this Rushden man who recently suffered a mini stroke to give his home a makeover.

Chris and Chloe Hawes came back on Monday morning to find their house had been totally transformed after a three-day secret revamp.

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It comes as Chris, 28, was showing symptoms of a virus on Monday (September 24) before his condition deteriorated later in the week.

On Tuesday night he was rushed into hospital before returning home on Wednesday morning after having a 'mini' stroke (TIA).

Chris, who has tested negative for coronavirus, was sent home to rest after he had initially shown symptoms of losing sensation in his right arm and slurred speech.

The couple had already had a break away to Centre Parks booked for the Bank Holiday weekend and decided to go so Chris could spend time recuperating from his illness.

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While they were away, seven of Chris' closest family members took to the couple's home in Rushden to redo the living room, kitchen and downstairs toilet, which had been crying out for some TLC since they bought the property.

Part of the makeover of the living room and the toiletPart of the makeover of the living room and the toilet
Part of the makeover of the living room and the toilet

They painted, glossed, filled holes and bought new accessories to brighten up the home, which they started at 2pm on Friday and finished at 11.30pm on Sunday.

Chloe said: "It looked and felt very dull and run down.

"We knew it was a project when we bought it but obviously we didn't know we were going to run into Chris' health complications.

"It felt more of a break going away than it did staying at the house."

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The pair bought the property, which is part commercial, in June 2020 to renovate as a home as well as opening up a hair salon for hairdresser Chloe on the ground floor.

She added: "When we came home from Centre Parcs on Monday I walked by the windows and I thought 'I swear we had curtains and blinds in the kitchen'.

"It was a total shock, it was really nice and made our rubbish week feel a little bit better."

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