Selling Houses Australia

Bateau Bay, NSW House - Before + After

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

Margot and Ross moved to the Central Coast of NSW from Western Sydney in 1988. Ross was a truck driver and Margot a stay-at-home mum for their 4 children. They settled in Bateau Bay and for many years their rather unique property was the much loved family home. Now the kids have gone, Ross and Margo would love to downsize, but buyers aren’t exactly queuing at the door. Their house isn’t your average suburban offering; Its more fiesta than siesta and would look more at home in Spain’s Costa del Sol, than a quiet Aussie beach suburb. The unique Mediterranean characteristics have been toned down over the years, but the combination of extreme tiling in the bathrooms, dark wall colours and abundant archways are simply too much for buyers to stomach.



Summary of works - Interior

This was a huge house, with a great layout, but the décor was an assault on the eyes.  It was a case of picking the battles, to make it more appealing, without over-capitalising.

The walls were in great condition, but each room had a different coloured feature wall, making the space feel disjointed. Black trims and beams visually closed the space in, while exposed brick walls made the whole interior feel dark and dingy.

Shaynna’s solution was to keep it simple. The brick walls were covered with plasterboard and the walls painted in a single light colour, called Mauve Shimmer by Taubmans Endure. There wasn’t the budget to paint out the beams and trims, so she left the beams and painted the dark trims in Mauve Shimmer half strength, to blend with the walls. Her final trick was to use darker blinds in the lounge room, to tie in with the remaining dark ceiling beams, to create a feeling of balance.

Shaynna kept the patterned floor tiles in the hall, as they worked well with the new neutral colour theme, but replaced the floor in the kitchen and sunroom. She used a durable vinyl plank by Choices called Genero Clic, in a colour called Forest Oak, to add a sense of warmth. In the stairs and bedrooms, new carpet added a touch of luxury underfoot.

The kitchen was in good shape, and just needed a few simple upgrades to bring it up date. We squared off the arch over the cook top area, put in a new range hood, oven and dishwasher. The exposed brick wall was covered plasterboard and the new vinyl look wood floor, gave the space a modern look.

The main bathroom was possibly the worst we have ever seen on Selling Houses and was a 70’s fluro assault on the eyes. It would have cost big money to rip it out and start again, so it was a case of neutralising and modernising on a shoestring. Shaynna squared off the arch over the bath and sprayed the wall tiles cream. New floor tiles gave the impression the whole room had been re-fitted and a quick spray for the vanity and new taps completed the project.

Summary of works - Exterior

This house had such strong architecture, but the blue/grey colour didn’t suit its Mediterranean style. Charlie decided to warm things up with a rich cream colour from Taubmans Endure called “Burma Buff”. This improved the street appeal and a feature pot with a Gardenia Florida welcomed buyers to the front door.

The houses biggest selling point was the pool, so Charlie threw most of his budget into improving the presentation. The fence was in good condition, but its position chopped the space up and didn’t leave room for outdoor entertaining. Charlie replaced the fence with glass panels to allow a clear view across the pool, and by moving it just a few meters created enough space for a table and chairs. He chose a relaxed five-piece setting and sun loungers from Bunnings, to give the pool a resort look. To finish off, he used enormous pots with Dracaena Draco or dragons blood trees under planted with silver bush to screen out the fence and road.

The tiles in the front entrance were worn and dated, so Charlie replaced them with a stylish natural sandstone paver from Bunnings. The colour tied in beautifully with the house and gave an expensive modern look that was sure to impress buyers.

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