Renovating a Victorian-era house is no mean feat.

Just ask East London couple Mark and Sabba Bonshek.

Mark, an architect, has undertaken much of the building work on the 19th-century property while Sabba has taken on a role as chief designer.

The couple have juggled work with renovating and are now reaping the rewards as their dream house comes together.

“It’s been really busy,” Mark told the Blue Circle Products blog.

“Sabba has been doing a lot of the design stuff and the logistics as well. I’ve been doing a lot of the building.

“I’ve stepped down to three-and-a-half days a week and I’m doing another three-and-a-half days a week on site.

“It’s basically seven days a week, 24/7 with things to do with architecture and building. It’s exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time.”

It’s exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time.

The Bonsheks have chosen both Tarmac’s Blue Circle Mastercrete and High Strength 40N Concrete for several structural and building elements in the renovation (below).

Mark said the couple had experimented with concrete in several ways.

“We’ve got things like board marked concrete, polished concrete and curved open gutters,” he said.

“First we thought we were going to be messing around with a whole lot of sands and aggregates.

“But what we found is the 40N readymix actually gave us really strong concrete, firstly, which was great for structural elements. Also, the colour, and how it behaves (when mixed) was great.”

Follow @khanbonshek on Instagram to keep up with Mark and Sabba’s story – it’s worth a look!

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