Get all the renovations details carried out by the Selling Houses Australia team from Series 7
The Ellis’s old Queenslander was once full of love and laughter, but now it’s just a sad reminder of the past. Originally it was home to Susan, Erroll and their 4 kids. But Susan and Erroll split, the kids grew up and moved out and the only ones left were Erroll and son Peter. Tragically, Erroll died 2 years ago. It hit Peter hard and he fell into deep depression. The house holds too many bad memories for him, so the whole family agrees its time to sell and for Peter to leave his ghosts behind. The only trouble is the place is stuck in a time warp. It’s more like walking into a set from the Sullivans than a stylish Queenslander. Can the team transform this museum piece into a comfortable family home?
Summary of Works – Inside
This house had been left for the dogs. It was in need of some serious repairs both structurally and cosmetically. As the house was far too big to conquer on a tight budget and short timeframe Shaynna decided to put all the manpower into the upstairs area of the house.
To classify a room as a bedroom in most people’s eyes it needs its own private entry. The Ellis’s house claimed to have 5 bedrooms, but 2 of them were accessed off bedrooms. By simply shifting ‘two doors’ Shaynna created a house with 3 bedrooms, all with walk in robes and a parents retreat. Sounds a lot more glamorous for selling the house rather than just a cluster of rooms.
For such a huge house, the living and dining areas were quite small and impractical for open plan living. Knocking out the wall between the kitchen and dining area’s, created one big area to function as both.
The kitchen was not salvageable so we really had to spend a fair bit of the budget here. We did save by getting a flat pack kitchen from Bunnings and by doing it ourselves and getting a pretty good deal on the appliances, meant we could splash out and get a granite benchtop to give the kitchen more of an upmarket feel.
The bathroom had a lot of character and Shaynna didnt want to tamper with it too much, plus we needed to keep the costs down. The solution was spraying the original bath and the wall tiles make if feel light and fresh. And for an ingenious finishing touch, Shaynna had the original tap ware re-plated with stunning results.
When you have gorgeous features like this Queenslander does its important to really play them up, especially when you are selling. Shaynna picked out all the trims in a Taubmans colour called Big White, and contrasting on the walls with Galloway full strength below the dado line and Galloway ¼ strength above the dado line.
These type of houses are known for their timber flooring. We didn’t have the budget to fix the original, so Choices Flooring installed a hard wearing floating timber floor in the colour Champagne Brut Oak. Carpet was also installed in the bedrooms.
The windows on the front of the house weren’t very big and didn’t add a lot to the character to the interior, so Luxaflex installed white timber shutters. The horizontal lines added a little width to the windows and went perfectly with the Queenslander look. In the bedrooms too keep costs down Shaynna chose to double roller blinds. The black sunscreen gave privacy during the day, yet allowed a good view to the outside.
Shaynna went for a tropical theme with a touch of industrial in the interior. Feature fans from Beacon lighting were installed in the main areas of the lounge, dining & Master Bedroom. Old style metal pendants were used over the kitchen bench and in the entry. And the rest of the house was simplified using basic ceiling fans and down lights to exaggerate the older features of the home.
Summary of Works – Outside
The old Queenslander was on a huge block, so Charlie focussed all his energies on the front yard. He installed a new picket fence around the property in colonial style to replace the ugly, failing fence that resided there which framed the old Queenslander perfectly. Within the fence new paving created a walkway to the entry stairway, inviting buyers to look inside.
The grass in the front yard was also fairly non-existent so Charlie turfed the whole area to lift and refresh. In addition garden beds were tidied and weeded and trees were pruned to lighten the front garden.
Charlie decided painting the front of the house was a must. He used “Pebble Bay” from Taubmans Endure to give the Queenslander a face-lift. He carried the paintwork through to the old front porch, but instead of painting the whole façade he cleverly left the chipped paintwork of the window frames and an old door as a feature, to remind buyers of the rich history of the building. He dressed the porch with a couple of oversized timber armchairs from Bunnings, And finished it off with some potted tree ferns to add a sense of relaxation and sophistication.
The back balcony/deck needed new stairs and a new railing was installed outside the back door. The lattice was also removed to create a more open space. The deck was also dressed with lounge and dining furniture and potted plants to finish of the look.