Find out more about the makeover of 'Amanda's Ark' as seen in Selling Houses Australia Series 7.
Amanda is animal mad, and that is pretty obvious as soon as you get near the front gate. Amanda and her two children, plus two big dogs and three chickens live in the quiet suburban neighbourhood of Hamersley, just north of the Perth CBD. Amanda already had toddler Georgia when she approached her stepfather Wayne for some help to buy a house and he happily obliged. He agreed to act as guarantor and to pay fifty percent of the mortgage on the promise that Amanda and her then partner paid the remaining fifty percent. Things did not work out with Amanda and her partner and he moved out without contributing to the payments, Amanda only works two days a week, so Wayne was left to pay the majority of the hefty mortgage on his own. Wayne is ready to retire and can no longer afford to pay Amanda’s mortgage so they put the property on the market. The only issue? The house has been ravaged by pets and buyers are making offers $100,000 below the price that Wayne needs. Can Andrew convince Amanda and her menagerie to move on? And can Charlie and Shaynna deal with the mess that they leave behind?
Summary of works – Interior
Amanda’s home wasn’t in a terrible state, but it was dated and very scruffy around the edges. The kitchen had seen better days, so the bench was removed and replaced with a Polar Ice bench top from Trend Surfaces and the shabby cupboard doors were replaced with new Melamine Amaro Doors from Granite Transformations. Shaynna finished the new kitchen with stainless steel appliances from Bunnings and a lovely feature wooden pendant light.
The other big problem inside was the dated slate floor. We didn’t have the budget to replace it, so Shaynna’s challenge was to modernise the house whilst incorporating it into her scheme. The trick was selecting the right colour scheme so Shaynna chose Taubmans Endure Bombay Green ¼ strength. This complemented the green tones in the slate, and gave the house a fresh modern feel. She continued the painting through to the upstairs master and parents retreat.
The carpet in the house smelt very much of dog so Shaynna recarpeted all of the bedrooms both upstairs and downstairs with a range from Choices Flooring.
Summary of Works – Outside
Amanda’s house is on a large corner block surrounded by a shabby fence, which was the first thing buyers noticed as they approached... apart from the distinct doggy smell! Charlie replaced the missing palings and had the fence sprayed white. There were three separate lawn areas around the home, but there wasn’t a blade of grass remaining, as Amanda’s large dogs had wreaked havoc on the lawns. Charlie re-turfed all three areas and planted a beautiful native garden in the front yard. The timber cubby house had been built too high for council approval, so it was lowered and painted. A tree that was blocking the gateway entrance was removed. Charlie painted the eaves and awnings to modernise the look of the tired brick exterior, and large potted plants were added along the two front sides of the house to break up the brick walls. The rear courtyard became an entertaining retreat with modern timber lounge and dining settings and a large Matador 6 burner Barbecue, all from Bunnings. The rear fence was lined with bamboo screening and large ornamental trees and the chicken coop was cleared out and removed,along with the chickens!