Selling Houses Australia

Brick Beach House, Gerringong NSW

Lesley Jones and her ex husband Dave are a rather unusual pair. Despite separating 6 years ago, they have been happily sharing their 3-bedroom home in the NSW coastal town of Gerringong.

The arrangement has worked very well, but now the couple desperately need to sell up and move on. Lesley’s grandson, baby Thomas, has heart problems and Lesley wants to move near to her daughter Lauren to help take care of him. So Lesley and Dave put the house on the market and waited for a buyer and after 10 months they are still waiting. But when Andrew and the team take a look inside, it’s obvious why nobody has paid the $699,000 price tag. This is no ordinary beach house; it’s more like a brick dungeon!

Summary of Works – Inside

Lesley’s house of bricks needed to be turned into to a bright and breezy beachside pad, so the first order of business was to plaster some of the internal exposed brick walls. The new plasterboard was also used to turn the dated brick arches in the entryway into a modern square shape. Once the plastering was complete Shaynna lightened the interiors with a neutral colour scheme. She used Taubman’s Endure Taupe Grey on both levels of the house to make them feel more connected.

Although the kitchen was in good condition, the electric ‘disco’ blue benchtop was letting the whole room down. It was replaced with composite stone benchtop in a neutral colour and new glass splashbacks were added.

The bulk of the budget went on paint and plastering and so the bathrooms received a minor facelift. The bath and shower areas in the main bathroom and ensuite were resprayed by Resurfacing Australia and both rooms received new tap ware. In the main bathroom the exposed brick wall was plastered and painted to match the rest of the house and a stone benchtop was added to the vanity.

Summary of Works – Outside

The main problem with the exterior of Lesley’s house was actually in the next door neighbour’s yard; a large pine tree blocking the view to the beach. With the permission of the owners and the local council, Charlie had the tree removed and the stunning ocean view was revealed. Both the upstairs and downstairs balconies were dressed with casual outdoor furniture to allow maximum enjoyment of the stunning vista.

The old clunky garage door at the top of the very steep driveway was replaced with an automatic garage door in white. The trims at the front of the house were painted white to match the new garage door and to lighten and brighten the façade.

The gardens were in great shape and so only a simple prune was necessary.

Like this artice? Subscribe to our newsletter to get more articles like this delivered striaght to your inbox.

By registering you agree to our Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Privacy Notice


Sign Out

Join the Conversation

Please note, LifeStyle cannot respond to all comments posted in our comments feed. If you have a comment or query you would like LifeStyle to respond to, please use our feedback form.