Carl and Karen Harrison broke the number 1 rule in real estate…they bought before they sold.
Believing they would get a quick sale on their family home in Kings Langley, they downsized to a smaller, newly built home nearby. They hoped that the smaller empty nest would give them a much needed break from stress, and the extra money from the sale of their Kings Langley home would allow Karl to retire. But the sale never came because their former family home is a dated 80s relic competing against brand new display homes just 5 minutes down the road. Now Carl and Karen are juggling two mortgages and Carl is suffering from serious heart problems. It’s a heartbreaking situation for the Harrisons and it’s weighing heavily on the family. Their only way out? To turn their daggy old home from frumpy to fabulous.
Summary of Works – Inside
The Harrison’s home is competing against brand new builds just minutes away and so to get a sale it was essential to make the house feel more contemporary. That transformation started by removing the dated suede effect paintwork, wallpaper boarders and timber dado rails. Once the walls were prepped the house was given an on-trend colour scheme using Taubman’s Silver Gum, a neutral with a grey base.
The dated and pokey layout was improved by doubling the entryway from the dining room to the kitchen, making the kitchen the heart of the home instead of a sectioned off servery. A brand new kitchen wasn’t necessary but a facelift was called for. This was achieved by resurfacing the doors in a soft green, tiling the splashback, and replacing the old benchtops with Royal Stone’s ‘Quantum Quartz’ in a colour called ‘Royal Base’.
The main bathroom was extremely dated and the sunken bath presented a hazard for buyers with young families. Nothing in the old bathroom was salvageable so Shaynna gutted the room and started from scratch, creating a modern bathroom oasis. The room was retiled, a frameless glass shower screen was added, a new vanity installed and the piece de résistance…a glamorous freestanding bath from Caroma.
In the main living room the old fireplace was completely removed. The extra space gained turned this area from a forgotten walkway into a cosy sitting room. The wall where the fireplace had been was painted in Taubman’s Grey Heron, and the rest of the walls were painted Silver Gum, a lighter shade in the same colour palette. Brand new carpet finished off the room and completed the new modern luxe look.
The sunroom at the back of the house had vertical blinds that made it feel like an office so they were replace with Luxuflex dual roller blinds. The first roller helps with sun reflection from the pool yet still provides a view while the blockout roller can be used if total privacy is needed.
Summary of Work – Outside
Having the whole yard as a giant pool area meant there was no area for children to play unsupervised, so a new pool fence was a necessity. Charlie really splashed out with a frameless glass pool fence from Metro Frameless Glass Systems and G James Glass and Aluminium. The new pool fence instantly modernised the backyard and made it kid friendly at the same time.
To make sure the new pool fence wasn’t let down by the red stencil concrete, Charlie painted it with a specialist sealer from the Concrete Design Specialists. A large feature pot was used in the pool area to help break up the large expanse of concrete and to make a bold modern statement. Charlie planted out the pot with sun hardy plants that will cope with little water, a Furcraea underplanted with tetratheca to spill over the sides.
Charlie gave the entertaining space some much needed purpose by adding modern outdoor furniture and potted plants. To break up the carport like walls Charlie used large trough pots planted with Emerald lustre Viburnums.
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