Selling Houses Australia

Kenthurst NSW House

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

Sue O’Neill loves all things pink and purple… She has purple hair, wears purple clothes and drives a hot pink ute. But her love of colour doesn’t stop there. Sue has extended her personality into her home, and her decorating style is leaving buyers eyes black and blue. Little wonder no one will pay 2.6 million for her disco inspired country estate. And with a house the size of a large suburban block and 7 acres of land, this is a makeover on a grand scale.

Summary of works – Inside:

Sue’s house is like taking a time machine back to the 80’s. To really bring this house back into the present the main focus for Shaynna was to paint out the pearlescent textured walls and to get rid of the multiple tones of purple and spaceship cross disco fixtures throughout the house.

Sue’s love for metallics and purple had really turned buyers off. Shaynna chose a warmer colour palette to signify ‘zones’ in the house and try to create some much needed intimacy. Shaynna selected the Taubmans Endure colour Stampede for the lounge room and bar. The entry, dining, kitchen and second lounge were painted in a colour called Pearl Ash. And finally the bedrooms colour coded feature walls were painted out with a Taubmans colour called Indecision.

The flooring throughout the house was very tired and dated. As the budget didn’t allow us to change all the flooring throughout the house, Shaynna decided to focus on just the main living area. The lounge and dining were recarpeted. The existing black granite in the entry and bar area were replaced with brand new timber flooring which connected with the landscape outside.

The fireplace to Shaynna was the substance to making this house feel like a home. To create a lodge feel she went for a stonewall. Not only does this create a visual feature, the texture and the random stone colours draws you into the room. The rock feature was also used on the bar to create a connection between spaces.

Shaynna thought the cheap oyster lighting in a house of this price range needed to be updated with more expensive fittings. They were replaced with downlights to not only tie in with the rest of the house, but to modernise and bring it into this decade. Feature pendants were also installed over the dining table and bar to really set off the look Shaynna was creating.

Purple cabinetry and black granite is a very personal statement, and when done in a kitchen as big as in this house, it will turn off buyers straight away. Granite Transformations went over the stone bench top in a veneer of new white granite and used stone tiles as the splashback. The doors and uprights were done in a neutral colour. This wasn’t cheap but by not replacing the whole kitchen we saved money and got the kitchen the house deserved.

The black gloss doors had to go and we replaced them with natural timber ones instead. By putting in these statement doors the buyer will now get a good indication of what the house will look like on the inside.

Summary of works – Outside:

The main feature for Kenthurst was building a new pontoon to relax and enjoy the dam in the back yard and its lovely surroundings. The pontoon included a roof for shade and was dressed with outdoor furniture.

The pool area was dressed with pots, plants and outdoor furniture to fill the space and add some life. Shrubs and weeds were removed around the back of the pool area and plants were added as was mulch. Plants were also removed outside the master bedroom to improve the view down to the dam.

At the front of the property the main focus was to replace the existing bitumen driveway with paving for a more inviting driveway and entrance. The entrance/front door area was also dressed with pots and plants to add to this.


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