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Home alone Ronan and Storm Keating take on dream family home project after sacking 'substandard' builders

'After it became apparent that our last lot had to be removed from site, we decided to build our home ourselves'

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Storm Keating gets to work

Storm Keating gets to work

Storm Keating gets to work

Ronan and Storm Keating have decided to renovate their new dream family home just outside London themselves, after failing to find suitable replacements for a group of “substandard” builders they were forced to fire. 

Even though the couple got the keys for the house in May 2016, Storm explained that she and Ronan took back control of the project about two months ago as they ripped out the shoddy work done by the previous builders.

Taking to Instagram, Storm shared a video of herself learning how to weld on a building site.

She captioned the post: “This past week I had my first welding lesson and I bet you’re wondering why… For @rokeating and I, it’s been an impossible task to find a good and honest builder to complete our new home.

“So after it became apparent that our last lot had to be removed from site, we decided to build our home ourselves.

“The last 7 weeks (since we took our site back) has been incredibly full on, especially as we literally had to rip down walls and ceilings and redo so many of the works we were once lead to believe were acceptable,” she continued.

“In some areas it’s frightening how substandard works were and we are now just so relieved the truth came to light so we could ensure the home was built properly and safe for our family.

“It’s so disheartening to take so many steps backwards, in order to move forwards. But it’s also been some of the most humbling and uplifting weeks of my life,” Storm wrote.

“For all the bad guys we’ve encountered, there have also been so many good guys… wonderful human beings who know their craft and are happy to muck in and get the job done. The genuine way. For all of you, thank you so much – you know who you are.

“By the time I complete this project and finally move my family into their home, it may well be my proudest achievement. Especially after everything we’ve been through and the back foot we’ve been forced to work from,” she added.

Now, progress is starting to pick up and Storm launched a dedicated home account to document the journey called @thekeatinghouse.

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“Everything about our site is so different now – things are progressing quickly; everyone is communicating; workshopping together; having the banter and smiles and laughter all round. This is how it should be.

"By the time I complete this project and finally move my family into their home, it may well be my proudest achievement. Especially after everything we’ve been through and the back foot we’ve been forced to work from

“Boy do we have some story to share with you all and we plan to share it on our new platform @thekeatingshouse so give it a follow! I’m a bit up to my eyes at the moment (obvs) but hopefully we can start sharing our story with you soon."

Ronan posted an identical statement to his Instagram page, with the added praise for his wife.

The former Boyzone star added: "My wife is a force to be reckoned with. I am so proud of her. This house is her vision from start to finish she has the knowledge and the guts to take them all on and win. #honestywins."

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