The house before the makeover.
John dreamed of living mortgage free. So when he spotted a super size block in the Newcastle suburb of Glendale, he thought he’d found his ticket to a debt free living. The idea was subdivide, build a house at the back and sell the one at the front.
That plan would have worked, if John had not acted on some advice to re-zone the block for medium density living to increase the value. Suddenly council wanted John to build not one, but eight houses - a build he couldn’t afford. After eight years of living in the run down house, his wife Rayleen has had enough. She’s desperate to get out, but finding a buyer is proving impossible.
Budget for work - $28,000
Summary of work – inside
The inside of the old cottage was worn, tired and very blue. Shaynna had to focus most of her money on the old kitchen and bathroom, which were barely fit for human habitation. She reconfigured the floor plan by moving the position of the kitchen into the dining area, and installed a new flat pack kitchen from Kaboodle Kitchens. To finish off she laid a new charcoal coloured floating floor from Carpet Court to match the existing dark blue carpets, added new appliances and white rectangular tiles laid in a brick pattern.
The next major job was the bathroom. This was supposed to be a budget update, but it soon became apparent that very little could be saved. We installed a new bath, toilet, vanity and taps. Instead of tiles Shaynna chose white waterproof panels from AB Building Products, which were cost effective and quick to install. The rest of the house was painted in a lighter blue colour, to tone down the existing colour scheme and dressed with light coloured furniture and accessories from Valiant hire.
Summary of work – outside
Outside, Charlie had two main jobs - to fix up the old front porch and the roof over the entertaining area as both were falling down. The front porch was modernised with new chunky timber supports, treated pine railings and decking, which Charlie painted in contrasting shades of greys and purples. He painted the front of the house in a dark grey/blue and finished off the look with a white picket fence. But instead of using pointed posts, he went for a square profile to give a more modern look.
Interior walls in both lounge rooms, the kitchen/ dining room, the main bathroom, laundry & study -Taubmans Endure Interior Low Sheen “Breakwater Sky”
Interior Doors & Trims in all rooms -Taubmans Endure Interior Doors & Trims Satin/ Semi Gloss “Soft Velvet”
Exterior wall on front of the house - Taubmans Endure Exterior Low Sheen “Viking Grey”
Exterior front picket fence, fascia, gutter, window trims and front door - Taubmans Endure Exterior Low Sheen “Aspen Snow”
Exterior front deck & posts -Taubmans Endure Exterior Low Sheen “Quail Hollow”