Selling Houses Australia

Ashgrove, QLD House - Before + After

Take a closer look at the amazing makeover completed by Shaynna, Charlie and Andrew.

Divorce can lead to some odd living arrangements, as Cherie and Bryce found out. The couple bought an old Queenslander as their family home and for time they were very happy. When Cherie and Bryce split, Cherie and her new partner bought Bryce out. But Bryce didn’t move out, he stayed put as the tenant and moved his new partner in! This complex plan was to keep a stable base for the kids, but now they’ve grown up its time to sever ties. But there’s one big problem, the place is in such a state, nobody wants to buy.



Summary of works – Interior

The floor plan of this property was a nightmare. Old Queenslanders are often a maze of rooms as verandas get filled in to make extra bedrooms, and this was no exception. Shaynna’s challenge was to make the floor plan function for modern family life, so she had to rearrange a few rooms.

First up, she reduced the size of the enormous foyer and put in a new wall to create a bedroom. Next, she took a bedroom on the other side of the house and split it in two to make a dressing room and en-suite for the master. Finally, she made the family bathroom bigger to accommodate a full size tub. The result was 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a vast improvement on the 4 bedrooms and one bathroom she started with.

The inside of the house had many beautiful features and Shaynna wanted them to stand out. She used the same colour throughout the top floor, choosing Taubmans Snow Goose for the walls and Taubmans Crisp White for the trims.

The lighting in the house was minimal, so Shaynna installed lots of new fittings. Extra feature lights in the entry and hallway defined the corridors and circulation routes and new downlights brightened up the interior.

The house was dressed in a style sympathetic to the age of the building.  New shutters on the inside were installed to block out the sun.

Summary of works - Exterior

Charlie’s main aim was to work on street appeal and make the most of this charming old Queenslander. The first task was to paint the whole exterior of the home. He chose Taubmans “Beige Ash” double strength for the walls and Aspen snow for the trims. This is a classic colour scheme and worked well with the period architecture.

The concrete path was ugly and overgrown, so it was ripped up and replaced with pavers. The walls either side were capped with the same paver to give a feeling of continuity.

New garden beds either side of the path led buyers to the front door and gave the house a smart formal look. A feature tree added a focal point and interest to the front yard.  Charlie also replaced some old lattice under the house to give the front an extra facelift. To finish off, he installed new exterior louvers, which added character and helped protect the home from the harsh Queensland sun.

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