Alexis and Kylie are paying the price of an impulsive decision. A year ago they bought a house in Montmorency, Melbourne, thinking they would fix the place up and live there for a few years. But work pressures meant Alexis couldn’t cope with the thought of renovating, and the couple decided to move to Brisbane to start afresh.
They thought their Montmorency home would sell in a flash, and were so confident they took out a loan for $555,000 to buy a new house in Brisbane. With Alexis now back at uni and Kylie the sole breadwinner, the girls are struggling to make ends meet. Things are so bad, in a few months they will be in arrears on the mortgage and the bank could take their Brisbane home. To add even more stress, Alexis is expecting twins, so they desperately need this sale.
Budget - $15,000
If there was ever a house about a clever budget renovation, this was it! The idea was to only use skilled labour where it was absolutely needed; the rest of the work was performed by an army of helpers. Shaynna focussed her budget on the kitchen and living area. The old kitchen units were very dated, so they were removed and replaced with a simple modern flatpack from Kaboodle Kitchens. Budget tiles in a contemporary rectangle design were added to modernise the room, along with some stainless steel appliances to appeal to young buyers.
The next job was to do something with the terrible 1970s wall divider. The team couldn’t pull it down completely as it was a supporting wall, so it had to be replaced with a new wall and built in entertainment units. But rather than use a specialist piece of furniture, Shaynna used overhead flat pack kitchen cupboard units to save money, and they worked a treat.
The other shocker in the house was the bathroom, but as usual there was no money to replace it. Shaynna used her favourite trick of spraying the tiles and adding a new vanity to modernise the room on a tiny budget. The rest of the property was treated to a new paint job in Taubmans Endure - Burlap Beige, and was dressed using a combination of the girls’ remaining furniture and hire furniture.
Charlie’s big theme in the garden was to re-use as many existing materials as he could find on site and luckily there were plenty of them! He ripped up the old paved drive, which had seen better days, and replaced it with eco-friendly pebbles to help with drainage. The pavers were cleverly re-used to build some new steps and a paved seating area.
The old drive had been bordered with some great old boulders. Charlie relocated these to build a retaining wall either side of the new staircase to form beds in the sloping garden. Two old wine barrel pots were planted up with Leucadendron shrubs and placed either side of the front entrance. Charlie had $500 left to spend on plants, which he positioned along the new retaining wall and paving area.
Once the garden was done, the house looked rather shabby, so Charlie painted the façade in Taubmans Endure Camel Cord, to give the old cottage a smart contemporary look.
Interior walls in all rooms - Interior Walls Low Sheen “Burlap Beige”
Interior Doors & Trims in all rooms - Interior Doors & Trims Satin/ Semi Gloss “Polar White”
Interior Ceilings in all rooms - Interior Ceilings Flat/ Matt “Ceiling White”
Exterior walls - Exterior Low Sheen “Camel Cord”
Exterior trims - Exterior Low Sheen “Aspen Snow”