British man has spent over three decades turning his public housing apartment to a replica of the Palace of Versailles. But, he is still not quite done with it.
67-year-old Adrian Reeman has been transforming the ceilings, walls, cupboards and even the fireplace of his two-bedroom council flat in Southampton, England, to give it a palatial touch, the Daily Mail reports.
Without any prior experience in design but with a love for art and drawing, and a book on Versailles, Adrian began making changes to his flat after moving in in 1986 with his wife.
“I really didn’t mean to start creating anything like this. Around here not a lot of people bother with their homes, and I never used to either. I just thought it would keep me busy if I started to make it look nicer, and the project grew from there,” he said.
He continued, “I’m not really a sociable person, so it was nice for me to keep working on the flat. I’m really quite proud of what I’ve managed. I’ve never been to the real Versailles.”
“My wife and I don’t travel too much, and it’s much easier to stay at home. It just seemed a challenge to decorate the flat in that style. And I thought it would make the place look a bit more grand,” he added.
He has never stopped transforming his home since he first started.
The former chef for the Merchant Navy said, “I love to keep improving it. I’m very happy with what I’ve done, but I still feel like there’s a bit to do. Although funnily enough, I don’t notice it that much now. I’ve become used to it.”
“Other people are amazed when they come in and quite often taken aback. They say it looks fantastic. But to me it’s just become normal. I’ve got my own palace—just on a much smaller scale,” he continued.
30 years of transforming the house and he is still not quite done with it. “I’m currently working to make the toilet look like it’s made of marble. It’s only a small lavatory, and you can barely turn around in it, but that doesn’t mean you cannot make it look grand,” he said.
Having transformed every corner of the flat, he don’t see a reason to move away because he loves his artistic work but also because of a clause in the tenancy agreement.
“If you return the flat you have to give it back in its original condition. There’s no chance I’ll ever be able to put it back,” Adrian commented regarding the tenancy agreement.
“But who would want that? It had a horrible copper pebble wallpaper! We were offered the chance to buy the flat but it didn’t seem worth the money and the extra expenses we would have to pay,” he continued.
“We are tied down, but I’d like to stay here as long as possible. I really like it, and I see no reason to move,” he added.