12 years ago, Natasha Bayliss was living and working overseas and wanted to get a foot on the ladder of the Sydney property market. She purchased a 2-bedroom terrace in the inner city suburb of Erskineville, sight unseen. Had she seen the property she may never have bought it.
Rising damp, crumbling walls, dark pokey rooms and a wreck of a kitchen are just the start of the problems with this terrace. The long-term tenants enjoyed cheap rent and so never complained, and for Natasha it was all ‘out of sight, out of mind’. But now years of neglect have come back to haunt Natasha. She and her husband both lost their jobs in the GFC, they have no income and 2 children to support. To make ends meet they need to sell the Erskineville terrace but buyers are taking one look and running in the other direction.
Summary of Works – Inside
For a small house, transforming the Erskineville terrace was a massive undertaking. The first task to be completed was to address the rising damp issue. After the house was treated the walls were replastered, leaving a blank canvas for Shaynna to work her magic.
To create better traffic flow and to connect the dining room and kitchen, Shaynna had the doorway moved to the middle of the room and widened to 1100mm. Then to bring back some period elegance to the downstairs rooms, Shaynna added deep cornicing from Unique Plaster.
To ensure dampness would not easily return, Shaynna chose a carpet from Choices Flooring ‘Brease’ range, which has a treated backing that resists mould. This carpet was used in the entry living room, the upstairs bedrooms and the stairs. Flooring throughout the rest of the house was a vinyl click lock system.
To make a bold and beautiful lighting statement in the entry, Shaynna chose a modern take on a traditional chandelier from Beacon Lighting. Following this theme of modern elegance with a classic twist, simple pendant lights were used throughout the rest of the house.
Shaynna had the terrace interiors painted using 4 tones of the same ‘grey scale’ colour scheme. Taubmans Ice Princess was used on the walls in the living and bedroom areas, the kitchen and cornices were painted with Invisible, doors were painted Cyberpunk, and the trims painted Crisp White.
Maximising natural light was achieved by installing a new state of the art skylight in the kitchen and a remote control ceiling window in the stairwell, both by Velux. To allow the light to flow into the downstairs rooms, Shaynna had a glass balustrade installed in the staircase by Metro Frameless Glass Systems.
The old kitchen was removed and a new one was installed by DIY Kitchens. Shaynna chose white cabinetry with shaker door profiles to mix period character and modern convenience. The kitchen was finished off with a black stone benchtop, marble look tiles from Beaumont Tiles, and a new oven, rangehood and dishwasher from Greys Online.
Simple but effective changes were employed in the bathroom and bedrooms to bring them more up to date. The bath and vanity were resurfaced by Resurfacing Australia, and the room was given a lick of paint, some new tiles and new tap wear. The upstairs bedrooms were enhanced by installing mirrored built-in wardrobes from Stegbar and shutters from Luxaflex.
Summary of Works – Outside
To give the terrace some much needed street appeal, Charlie chose a bold colour scheme. The house was painted in Taubmans Cannon Ball and the front door was painted a vibrant orange high enamel gloss called Orange Relish. To bring back some period charm to the façade, the lattice balustrade was removed from the upstairs balcony and replaced with reclaimed lace ironwork. The new balustrade and other trims were painted with Taubmans semi-gloss in Dark as Night.
Out the back Charlie had a very small courtyard to work with so he couldn’t afford to overlook any element. After the crumbling outhouse, paw paw tree and concrete flooring were removed; Charlie was left with a clean slate to create an inviting area from scratch.
The new space was transformed by installing new guttering, concrete pavers, and a bi-fold door from Stegbar. Blue boards were used to create a uniform backdrop, which were then rendered in a ‘bagging’ finish and painted in Taubmans low sheen Stormy Shadow.
To make the most of the small space Charlie built a wrap around timber bench and daybed using spotted gum decking. This was dressed with an array of cushions and a large feature pot. Another space saving feature was the vertical herb garden. Charlie attached galvanised mesh to the existing fence and attached small plastic pots planted with rosemary.
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