This home in Rozelle was the worst house in the best suburb. How did Neale Whitaker make this family's first home into their dream home?
Rozelle is one of Sydney's most sought-after inner-city locales. It's family friendly, filled with fantastic cafes and restaurants, close to the harbourside and close to the CBD. Homeowners
Anna and Simon are lucky enough to live in the suburb - unfortunately, however, their home is more than a little lackluster. Neale's challenge this week was to bring life back into the home, and balance comfort with functionality.
The simple floor plan features a long hallway with three bedrooms peeling off. At the end of the corridor is a living slash dining space and a very tired-looking kitchen. Bedrooms feature no built-in storage, and ceilings throughout are moldy and need re-doing.
Worst of all - the home has no views, with most windows peering directly into a brick wall fence. The laundry is crouched under the house, meaning doing the family washing is extra painful.
So, with the family's budget of $100,000, Neale must update the rooms in the home - including the master bedroom, lounge, and kitchen. They need a bigger bathroom, a new laundry, ample storage, and a deck to enjoy some outside space.
While a full kitchen redesign can't fit within the couple's budget, Neale will replace tiles, bench tops, cupboards and appliances to create a new look and feel.
He'll also bring in new built-in wardrobes for each of the bedrooms, replace damaged ceilings and create a bigger bathroom by borrowing from the space in the existing laundry. He'll create a Euro-style laundry instead, saving space. To sort the issue of the imposing brick wall, Neale will install plantation shutters that let in the light but hide the view.
Take a look at Neale's transformation here.