The house before the makeover.
Brothers Trent and Scott inherited the old Queenslander from their late father over a year ago. Although it’s their family home, the brothers need to sell up to split the money and move on with their lives. But the house has been on the market for over a year with only one low offer.
The falling market is partly to blame, the fact that it’s the only Queenslander amongst post war and modern houses isn’t helping either. But probably the biggest problem is the bad advice they received from their second agent. He told them to remove their father’s old furniture as it wasn’t fashionable.
Now the house is little more than a stark empty shell, with only a bed and a beanbag for furnishing. It hardly inspires a comfortable family home, and in such a tough market the old Queenslander remains unsold.
Budget – $17,000
The house was in fairly good shape, but the lack of furniture meant it felt cold, stark and empty. Shaynna’s first job was to make the closed in veranda outside Trent’s room into a walk-in-robe. She achieved this by putting up a partition wall to block the area off from the lounge. The old window became a doorway and the new walk-in-robe had a budget fit-out with shelves and rails.
The next task was to make a new space for the laundry, which had been housed out on the veranda. Shaynna did this by relocating it to a cupboard downstairs. Next, the lights and fans were replaced with heritage style fittings courtesy of Beacon Lighting. The rest of Shaynna’s work was really down to the dressing. She hired a furniture package from Valiant in Brisbane, and supplemented it with hired items from Paddington Antiques Centre and The Porcelain Tree.
One of the old Queenslanders’ biggest faults was the lack of space for kids to play in the back yard. Charlie cleared an area of garden and laid a new buffalo grass lawn. He created a feeling of indoor/outdoor living by installing a new set of French doors linking the kitchen and the deck. The deck was dressed for entertaining with furniture from Valiant Hire and planter troughs from Potsonline. Finally, a section of rail was removed from the deck to improve access to the pool area.
At the front of the house Charlie increased the kerb appeal by adding new shutters to give the windows a grander feel. The deck was dressed with more planters and the old carport was converted into a garage by enclosing the space and installing a motorised door from Best Doors.
Interior ceiling Interior Flat/ Matt “Ceiling White”
Exterior door Exterior Low Sheen “Aspen Snow”