Get all the details of the renovation carried out by the Selling Houses Australia team from Series 7.
Grace and Michael Steven have more in common than just their wedding rings, they are both butchers by trade. Life was good for this couple, their business was growing and they bought their federation house in 2005 with dreams of renovating it into their dream home. Shortly after moving in, their lives took a drastic turn and Grace became pregnant with their first child, soon to be followed by their second, third and fourth! Their once successful business has gone belly up, leaving them with a debt of epic proportions. Grace and Michael want top dollar and their home has been languishing on the market for eighteen long months, and their problems don’t end there, the house backs on to a six-lane highway! Like their daughter and her husband Grace’s parents happen to share the same trade too. They are real estate agents and they are selling the house for them – the only problem is that their expertise lies on the outskirts of Sydney and not in inner city Drummoyne! Can the Selling Houses team transform this home from road kill to ritches?
Summary of Works – Inside
Grace and Michael’s home is a large federation semi, with many beautiful features. The problem is, it was run down, ugly and backed on to a very busy road. We needed buyers to see past the road, so the house had to be brought up to an inner city standard to be noticed.
A full repaint was needed throughout the entire house, as many walls had been used as a drawing canvas by the kids. Shaynna chose a dramatic Ruby Flame colour from Taubmans for the front lounge room and Footpath from Taubmans for the remaining areas in the second lounge and kitchen. This created two very different but appealing living spaces. Plantation shutters were added in the second lounge room, to match the shutters at the front of the house.
The kitchen was a dated nightmare and needed a total refit. It was painted throughout, brand new cabinetry built in, and the splashbacks tiled in a modern white tile with a traditional edge. A new oven was installed and an old fireplace enclave was revealed. It was painted black and Shaynna added a stunning new bio-ethanol heater to complete the look, and add some much needed heating. Floating floors were installed which connected the kitchen to the old lean-to room, which was added onto the side of the original home. The old timber side-bar was removed and replaced with extra bench space and a modern kitchen storage unit.
Upstairs was painted throughout. Shaynna used Ice Princess from Taubmans on the walls and above the picture rails. The rear third bedroom had an old kitchenette, a remnant from it’s old life as a 2 story duplex. This was gutted and the floor was raised to meet the rest of the room. New carpet was added up the stairwell and then through to the rear of the house into the old kitchenette, which was transformed into a study nook. The bathroom tiles were a dated dark green. These were sprayed white by Resurfacing Australia, which modernised the room and emphasised the beautiful original floor tiles. A new vanity and toilet were also installed.
The children’s bedroom had once housed four single beds! These were removed and replaced with a double, trundle bunk from Forty Winks which is both attractive and practical, and made the room look a lot bigger.
Summary of works – Outside
The front yard was not in the worst shape but it needed a bit of TLC. A troublesome palm tree was removed and a fence on one side of the garden was replaced, with a council approved picket fence to match the front gate. The lawn was re-turfed and the front of the house was painted to match the adjoining semi, next door.
All street appeal aside, it was definitely the backyard that needed most of Charlie’s attention. The decking outside the backdoor was on the verge of collapsing. This was replaced with a brand new deck and the stairs were widened across the yard to make it easily accessible. The old concrete path was removed and turf was returned across the lawn. Charlie paved the area below the deck and finished it with an espaliered magnolia. Standard potted figs were added to create a pretty and practical alfresco area.