Tippetts purchased 77 Howard road in 2008, until then it had remained a derelict corner shop for 25 years. As expected, the property was in need of complete restoration. The property was split into two separate two bedroom properties. New sills for the outside were cast from the only remaining original to maintain the property character. The windows were replaced with timber sash along with new central heating systems and electrical wiring. Structural checks and restorative brickwork was also required.