Get all the details of the renovation carried out by the Selling Houses Australia team from Series 7.
Saying goodbye to your home of 50 years is always going to be tough. But when it has 180 degree views of Sydney harbour and the water is at the bottom of the garden, its downright gut wrenching. But Sally Cahill-McQuinn has little choice. She can’t afford the upkeep on the old weatherboard and needs the cash to fund her retirement. She’s asking a cool 4.5 million. But views or no views, this house has a sinister secret behind that cupboard door that sends buyers running.
Summary of works – Inside
Sally’s house had a rabbit warren for a floor plan, so re-working the layout was essential in getting a sale. Shaynna started by giving the house one clear entry (previously it had 3 front doors!). Then, she turned the old dated granny flat into a stunning parents retreat. She created a new entrance off the hallway and remodelled the 50s bathroom into a luxury spa retreat.
Sally’s parents had turned the old formal living room into a bedroom, which left the grand old fireplace isolated in a corridor. Shaynna restored the space to its former glory, by tearing down the wall to create a band new living space.
Next, she turned her attention to the dated cramped kitchen. By moving a small wall, she created a recess for the fridge. This simple act gave enough space for a brand new kitchen complete with an island bench. The old laundry was given a duel purpose of laundry and butlers pantry.
All this wall shuffling created a home with 5 bedrooms, 2 ensuites, 2 lounges and a kitchen with a butlers pantry – now that sounds a bit more like luxury.
There weren’t a lot of architectural features in the house other than the floorboards and fireplace. Shaynna wanted to make it feel like it had real character and reflect the calm nature of the water views. She chose a palette of blues with Elusive Blue, Pins and Needles and Somber Sky, so the colour ‘layers’ through the house just like the changing colours of the water.
Shaynna’s main aim with the lights was to tidy up the amount of downlights in the existing ceilings – take some out, put in new ones. She used two main feature lights to focus buyers attention; A gorgeous modern chandelier in the Master walk-in robe and a timber chandelier with fabric shades to soften the white in the kitchen.
Luxaflex installed new pirouette blinds in some of the bedrooms. Great for taking in the amazing views without compromising on privacy.
Summary of works – Outside
Charlie had his work cut out for him on the Greenwich property. To begin with there was an enormous amount of work clearing vegetation leading from the backyard down to the water. There was too much to carry up the hill, so a barge had to collect the huge amount of refuse via the harbour and take it to a waste management centre. The whole area was then covered with mulch. The old and tired cubby house and supporting tree were demolished to create space and clear the view in the backyard. Charlie decided to build new stairs, deck and handrail leading down to the pool, which lifted the whole area and made a huge difference to look of the back yard. Charlie also had to comply with council regulations regarding pool fencing, by building small brick enclosures and extending the fence line to block would be climbers.
The initial item in the front that needed fixing was the fence, as it is the first thing people see when entering the property. The fence was repaired, repainted and realigned. The shed next to the carport was also half demolished and repaired with weatherboards, which gave more space to the front yard and freshened up the whole area. Turf was laid down, the garden was weeded and shrubs removed to declutter the front of the house.
The façade of the house was painted to renew the look, and pots and plants were used around the front entrance.