Selling Houses Australia

Haberfield, NSW House - Before + After

Take a closer look at the amazing makeover completed by Shaynna, Charlie and Andrew.

The 7 Chols moved to Australia from Mauritius in the late 60’s, with their parents and grandparents. Their father ran a successful sugar estate in Mauritius and the family led an exclusive lifestyle.

When their parents died, the 7 Chol siblings inherited the family home in Haberfield, New South Wales. They decided to sell and split the proceeds, but had trouble agreeing on a price and how to present the old house. As a result, the property is still in original condition, with old carpets, 70's furniture and a dreadful bathroom.

The property has been on the market for about a year – not that anyone would know…! They listed privately with 2 agents, had little or no advertising, no signboards and no online listing! The family say they have received confusing messages from agents, who advised them not renovate or change the house. But did those agents really mean for them to leave the house totally preserved – including the old broken furniture, worn tired carpet and shabby curtains?

A classic case of a family sabotaging their own sale by not being able to agree on anything!



Summary of works - Interior

The federation property was once a much loved family home, but it was stuck in a time warp of bad 70s décor. Shaynna restored it to its former glory, bringing the beautiful period features to the fore.

Top of the hit list, was a modern luxury bathroom. Shaynna chose a stunning feature mosaic tile for two of the walls, to give the impression of traditional wallpaper. A freestanding claw-foot bath and brass shower fittings gave the room a period feel, while a new vanity and toilet provided all the mod cons.

Buyers expect open plan living, so Shaynna had to re-jig the floor plan to create a more usable kitchen space. Moving the wall between the old kitchen and sunroom made way for an impressive kitchen/diner and butlers pantry. New cupboards, appliances and a low maintenance granite bench top were installed and new hardwood flooring echoed the traditional floorboards in the rest of the house.

Summary of works - Exterior

The house was heritage listed, so there was limits to what Charlie could do. His first task was to replace the curved cracked concrete path with recycled bricks. Old bricks are perfect for period homes, as they blend well with existing architecture, and using right angles rather than curves for the layout of the path, gave the garden a formal feel. Charlie framed the new path with a small hedge and added a border of Gardenia to soften the boundary between the house and garden. He painted the trims a crisp white to form a contrast with the brick façade and highlight the beautiful timberwork.

The house was set to one side of the block, so Charlie built a picket fence and gate across the drive, to help balance the look of the block.

The backyard also had a formal layout. A new retaining wall made the sloping, uneven garden family friendly, by creating two separate level terraces. Charlie cleverly matched the colour of the bricks in the wall to the bricks of the house, to give the impression it was part of the original build. Symmetrical beds on each side of the steps created the formal feel, while the fence was softened with a hedge of Lilli Pilli resilience to give an instant screen.

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