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Transformed - Ainsworth Way, a former council block in London.<br />
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Don't judge a book by its cover - New book reveals the trendy and chic interiors hidden behind some of Britains drab former council houses.<br />
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Swathes of Britain's humble council houses are being transformed from drab homes into designer pads by a generation of buyers desperate to get on the housing ladder, a new book has revealed.<br />
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Local authorities built the grey, uninspiring homes in their thousands in the 1950s as the country embraced the post-war social housing boom before selling them off under Margaret Thatcher's controversial 'right to buy' act of 1980.<br />
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Now, six decades on, they might still not look like much from the outside but council houses are enjoying a surprise new lease of life as the home of choice for first time buyers.<br />
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The shift in attitudes towards the humble council house have been chronicled by former journalist Sarah Thompson in her new book Style Council: Inspirational Interiors in Ex-Council Homes.