Selling Houses Australia

Grandma's House - Romsey, VIC

Andrew Heim thought he landed in lucky street when he inherited his grandmother’s house back in 2004.

He moved in with wife Beth and their 2 children and the couple were excited at the prospect of having a place to call their own. But very soon it became obvious that in the eyes of family and friends, it was still Grandma Grace’s house. Every time Andrew and Beth tried to renovate the place, they were met with a barrage of disapproval. It was so bad the couple gave up on their renovation plans and put the place on the market. But 9 months on they’re struggling to find a buyer, and it’s not hard to see why. Between Grandma’s yesteryear style and Beth and Andrew’s hoarding habits, this is one house that’s the bottom of every buyers list.

Summary of Works – Inside

After decluttering and giving the house a desperately needed clean Shaynna realised she had a decent sized house to work with.

The exposed brickwork made the house feel dated but rather than rendering over it, which would have been an expensive job, Shaynna chose a colour scheme in the same tones as the brickwork so they wouldn’t stand out as much. In the kitchen, bedroom and hallway she used a calming soft neutral from the Taubman’s Endure range called Toasted Almond, and used a double strength version in the living and dining rooms.

A brand new kitchen was a must. To stay on budget Shaynna sourced a complete kitchen fitout from Fowles Auctions. Shaynna was able to select a mix of crisp white cabinetry, a darker stone benchtop and all her appliances for around $4000. By selecting cabinets to fit the existing kitchen ‘footprint’ she was able to avoid the cost of new flooring.

Rural Victoria can be pretty cold so Shaynna made sure to select new window coverings that had excellent thermal qualities. She used Luxaflex pleated blinds that have a ‘honeycomb’ shape which trap the cool air and stop it coming through the glass.

Most of Andrew and Beth’s dated furniture was placed into store and replaced for the sale campaign with a selection of more modern furniture from Valiant Hire.

Summary of Works – Outside

To define the boundary of the house Charlie removed the old fencing and replaced it with a 1.8m treated pine fence. This allowed potential buyers to see just how much land they are getting for their dollar.

The dated exterior needed a facelift so the mission brown trims were treated to a coat of Taubman’s Cream Cocoon.

To make the entertaining area feel larger, Charlie removed one of the brick walls next to the outdoor BBQ area and trimmed down the opposite brick wall to create a bench seat using treated pine slats. The low roof was removed, as was the existing paving. After creating a proper sub-base using roadbase and sand, Charlie re-laid the old pavers, making sure they sloped gently away from the house to allow for better drainage.

After trimming the tress on the property Charlie created a feature with the off-cut logs by stacking them around the brick BBQ. The area was then dressed with an outdoor setting and pots planted with junipers, using 5 plants per pot to create an instant ‘full’ effect.

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Posted by PardelopeReport
The kitchen in this Romsey house was like experiencing deja-vu! The oven was a clone of mine - and I have even darker brickwork!

Did you remove any brickwork in the kitchen? Did you simply cover the brickwork (where the wall oven was)with cupboard door fronts?
Posted by Report
Beth was the problem; not Grandma