Selling Houses Australia

Hurlstone Park NSW House

Get the full details of the renovation carried out by the Selling Houses Australia team from Series 7. 

Kym Kovan and Fiona Austen have been firm friends and business partners for 15 years, running an Internet business from the ground floor of Kim’s commercial/ residential premise since Kym purchased it in 1999. Out of the blue, in June of 2012, Kim was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease and it hit her really hard. Fiona sold her house next door and moved in with Kym as she has become Kim’s carer as the illness takes it’s hold. Determined to make the most of the time Kym has left, the girls purchased a country retreat in Taree and put Hurlstone Park on the market. Six months later there was still no sale and Kym’s time is running out, as her health continues to deteriorate. The problem with this place is it is half house and half shop and has quite a lean to it…can the team straighten this one out and push it over the line?

Summary of Works – Inside

Kym’s shop fronted residence was confused and there was no clear definition between the two separate spaces. It was hard to see where the commercial space ended and the residence began. Shaynna added an external door from the commercial space to give it a separate entry to the residence and a small kitchen under the stairs. In the front commercial office she got rid of the industrial glass cupboard, taking up a third of the room, then a coat of paint, new floating floors and directional lighting modernised and enlarged the space. Some local artwork transformed it into a pop up gallery.

The original kitchen was almost unusable and was virtually falling apart. Shaynna re-floored with Choices Floorclic ,painted and installed a brand new kitchen and tiled splashback to completely redefine the space.

The stairs were carpeted and this continued into the upstairs bedroom and living area to tie the spaces together. Shaynna used Taubmans “Aspen Snow” on the walls, which brightened it up added blinds to modernise and complete the once cluttered and tired living room.

Summary of Works – Outside

The exterior front entrance of Kim’s shop was bright pink, hardly inviting for buyers.  Charlie got rid of its Candy hue and it was modernised with  “Autumn Grey (half strength) ” from Taubmans, and the security grill was painted black.

To the rear of the home there was a ramshackled, lean-to covered walk way attached, that only made the house uglier than it already was. Charlie removed this and painted the side walls of the house. The back yard was an un-fenced, junk filled no mans land. The junk was removed, the area levelled and new fencing defined a gravel parking space. Near to the house, bricks found on site were used to create a small alfresco area, dressed with large planter pots.


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