Selling Houses Australia

Ballarat, VIC House - Before + After

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

Karen Salmon has lived in her Ballarat home since 1993. She’s been a single parent for over 20 years and has never had much money to update the property. This is an issue now it’s come time to sell. 
Karen’s daughters have all grown up and moved away to start new lives in Melbourne. This means Karen has spent years travelling there to babysit her granddaughters.

Finally, Karen bit the bullet and bought an apartment off the plan in Collingwood, but Karen’s apartment build is now ahead of schedule and she needs to pay the balance early.
The Ballarat home has officially been on the market since November 2014 and Karen and her daughters are now starting to panic, as the deadline to pay for the apartment is fast approaching. They feel overwhelmed and not sure what to do next. This is where Andrew, Shaynna and Charlie come in!





Summary of works – Interior

The biggest issues with this house were the dated bathroom and kitchen. On top of that, the floor plan lacked defined areas. Shaynna fixed this by blocking up the doorway from the hall to the lounge. This created a more contained lounge area and less of a corridor access to the kitchen. An ugly bedroom was transformed into a library and this room also served as the new access point to the kitchen. A complete overhaul brought the 80’s kitchen bang up to date, but in a style still in keeping with the heritage feeling of the house.

The carpet was wrinkled and worn, so Shaynna replaced it in all the luxury areas like the formal sitting room, master bedroom, hallway, and new library.  This really gave the house a high end feel. Laminate floors were used in the kitchen lounge and dinning area.

The main bathroom and main en-suite were re-sprayed and the tap ware replaced, providing a nod to the Victoria era of this home.

Summary of works – Exterior

The front of the house already had great street appeal but needed a tidy up. Charlie cleaned up, added some potted plants and replaced the tiles on the front porch with pavers.

The large deck out the back needed some new furniture to make it more welcoming. By painting the windows and external high areas it also really brightened up the exterior giving it a new lease of life while retaining the heritage feel.

Charlie replaced the old and tacky play equipment with a rustic-style brick paved area. He recycled bricks taken from the old tennis court area, which was then re-turfed. A table and chairs finished everything off and by moving the seating off the deck he freed up plenty of room for a family gathering.

Check out the full suppliers list for this makeover here!


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