DIY buff spent 20 years redecorating tower block flat with ceiling paintings and wood carvings

A DIY buff has revamped his tower block flat in the fashion of the Palace of Versailles in France, though he has never seen a picture of it.

Adrian Reeman, from Southampton has spent around 20 years redecorating his ninth-floor home with ceiling paintings and carefully-crafted furniture.

Reeman, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, said he enjoyed attention to detail and had only intended to decorate one room, the BBC said.

He described himself as a “visual thinker” who sees “things with pictures”. He said he got carried away with his love of arts and crafts.

The flat was built in the 1960s, and includes pictures and ceiling art, and features wood carvings, a large mirror and a large imposing fire place.

He said he regretted starting it. “I wish I hadn’t started it in the first place,” he told the BBC. “It has taken so much time,” he said.

"I haven't even seen the Palace of Versailles, that all started off in one of the papers. I wouldn't know what it looked like."

The 17th Century Palace of Versailles, on the outskirts of Paris was the main residence of the French kings, from Louis XIV to Louis XVI.