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Building your own home is quite a challenge… but finishing it is another. Gerry and Ruth built their place, on the river at Grays Point in Sydney, with their own hands. It was a labour of love, and after spending 12 months living in a caravan, they moved in when the project was incomplete. That was 27 years ago, and the house still isn’t finished. There’s no proper bathroom, no stairs to the front door, no balustrade on the balcony… the list goes on. Gerry has a passion for flying and it’s his dream to sell up, move the country and have his own airstrip. There’s only one hitch. No one wants to pay 1.4 million for their waterfront wreck, which to top it all off, they’ve been trying to sell for 6 whole years!
Summary of Works - Interior
The bricks in the house were dating the property so Shaynna decided to plasterboard over them in the main areas of the house including the lounge, dining and kitchen.
In the kitchen Granite Transformations replaced the cabinet doors and uprights with new Pyrmont style doors in the colour Parchment. They also changed the benchtop to a more modern looking stone surface in the colour Ghiaccia. New stainless steel appliances were put in to really modernise the kitchen.
The lounge, dining, hall and kitchen were painted in Taubmans Incognito. Shaynna selected a wall in the lounge and in the master bedroom to be a feature. These were painted in Smokey Plumb. The two other bedrooms were painted in a white called Arctic Cotton to brighten them up and to add light with the remaining existing brick. The bathroom and ensuite were painted in a colour called Grey Ghost to create a warmer palette.
The ensuite and bathroom were fully renovated. Shaynna selected tiles from choices flooring. White tiles were used in the walls and a stone look tile were used on the floors, to create a contemporary look. The tapware came from the Dorf range. In the main bathroom the freestanding Caroma Blanc Bath became the standout feature. Brand new vanities and shave cabinets were installed from Rifco. Stegbar framless shower screens were installed in both the ensuite and bathroom to finish off the sleek and modern look.
The bedrooms were treated to new carpet from Choices, in a colour called natural springs. The windows received new Luxaflex Sillohuette blinds. Shaynna selected these instead of the venetian blinds as they create softer lighter look, but have soft fabric slats and operate in a similar way.
Dressing was completed throughout the house with pieces from Valiant Hire furniture and accessories, Kas cushions and United Artworks prints. Shaynna went for a colourful and modern style to really bring the spaces to life.
Summary of Works – Exterior
The biggest problem with this house was the lack of a front door. Buyers had to enter through the cavernous garage, as there were no steps to reach the main entrance door situated at the side of the house. Charlie built a staircase to allow visitors to reach the main door and a new charcoal pavers from Bunnings, created a clear pathway between the stairs / entrance and the front driveway.
The next big issue was the balcony off the lounge room. The surface was raw concrete and the 3m high balcony didn’t have a safety rail! Charlie used a charcoal tile to finish it off and safety glass balustrade to make the most of the water views.
The back yard had direct water access, but was also frequented by the local deer population who liked to eat most of the plants! For this reason Charlie kept things simple, concentrating on a paved sandstone outdoor seating area complete with a rustic fire pit from Bunnings. This created a relaxing, usable area, close to the water to really highlight the best feature of this waterfront property.
Charlie used Somber Grey from Taubmans to paint the back deck floor and Trendy from Taubmans for the back deck balustrade and stairs.