Selling Houses Australia

Reno Recap: Empire Bay, NSW

Charlie transformed this house from an out-dated cabin to a sophisticated coastal retreat.

When Charlie and Shaynna first set eyes on the Empire Bay house they were quite simply underwhelmed.

Homeowner Jen’s log cabin in the middle of the NSW Central Coast was turning heads of prospective buyers, but for all the wrong reasons.

Despite spending $895,000 to purchase the property in 2017 and then a further $50,000 in renovations, Jen couldn’t get much interest or offers over $870,000.

Read more: 'I couldn't believe it!' Empire Bay homeowner Jen reveals what happened after filming finished

Buyers just couldn’t see past the unique and dated exterior, especially when it was located just 15 minutes from the beach.

Desperately wanting to move to a flat, maintenance-free block, Jen cut her losses and put her trust in the Selling Houses team, giving them a budget of $45,000 to work with.

In unusual circumstances, Charlie saw most of that budget go to him with the success of this renovation riding on whether he could completely re-do the exterior of the home. And boy, did he deliver!

Not only did Charlie give this house a new look, but it was completely unrecognisable by the time Andrew returned.

Rising to the challenge, Charlie was able to give this home the much-need external facelift it deserved to not only fit into the surrounding area, but to also match the well-kept interior.

On the inside, Shaynna had little to do thanks to the tidy rooms and great layout, but there were a few details that needed tweaking.

Read more: Get the full supplier list for the Empire Bay house

The introduction of the fireplace offered a new focal point that lifted the entry of the house and the subtle updates to the kitchen gave the home a more modern feel.

The verdict:

From the moment she put the home on the market, Jen was prepared for a loss. For her, the improved quality of life for her and her boys was well-worth the move. She happily sold for $860,000.

Check out the before and after pictures of the Deception Bay house below and watch Andrew's reno recap in the video at the top of the page.

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