If there’s one thing that helps a sale it’s a great entrance; something Jaison and Estela’s house is sadly lacking.
Thanks to an earlier subdivision, the back of the house is now the front and buyers are greeted with not one, but three doors! To make matters worse, the house has no street appeal with only an end gable visible behind a very scruffy hedge. Jaison and Estela really need to sell before their eldest child starts school. But even with the region’s top sales agent on their side, they still can’t find a buyer. So it’s up to Andrew, Charlie and Shaynna to turn this ugly house of doors into a stylish family home.
Summary of Works – Inside
Hairline cracks, grimy walls and flaking paint meant a day of preparation was required before Shaynna could freshen the house up with a coat of paint. Sticking to the home’s original colour scheme, she chose Taubman’s Rag Run for the walls and Fawn Caper for the trims.
Shaynna’s biggest task was to turn the old garage into an attractive living room. To allow for better furniture placement, two of the existing doorways were removed. One was replaced with a window (provided by Stegbar) while the other was closed up with plasterboard to make the existing study area into a potential 4th bedroom. The dark, heavy ceiling beams were painted white to make the ceiling feel higher and less oppressive. To create an inviting contrast to the timber floors throughout the rest of the house, Shaynna chose a rich blend carpet from Choices Flooring. The room was then dressed with modern furniture and colourful accessories from Valiant Hire and Kas.
The lounge and dining rooms were fitted with stylish Roman blinds from Luxaflex. The children’s bedroom was turned into the master as it already had a built-in wardrobe and Shaynna then replaced the existing clothes rail in the 2nd bedroom with a flatpack wardrobe.
Summary of Works – Outside
Jaison and Estela’s house was in desperate need of street appeal. Charlie created an exclusive private entrance by cutting an entryway through the ivy hedge and installing a timber slat front gate in the new opening. A laser cut screen from xx was attached to the exterior wall opposite the new entryway, which is an inexpensive way to give the home a sense of arrival.
The old front gates were dated and didn’t provide security or privacy so Charlie had them revamped. A welder cut off the filigree, they were given a coat of paint, and one-way mesh was attached; allowing the home-owners to see out whilst not letting prying eyes peep in.
The house needed a recognisable front door and so Charlie reclaimed the old front entrance by blocking off the backyard with a screen made from spotted gum coloured hardboard, then laying a stepping stone pathway to the doorway. The entryway was brought to life by creating a tiled courtyard, boxing up the old pillars, and adding white terrazzo pots planted with star jasmine. To screen off the unattractive fence and the neighbours at the front of the house, Charlie planted Lilli Pilli plants.
The new (or old) entryway was given a new lease on life with a lot of overdue maintenance. Charlie replaced the old guttering and gave the French doors and windows a fresh coat of paint.
In keeping with the new modern look, Charlie only used three species of plant in the front entrance to create a sophisticated and uncluttered plant palette. The three plant types used were native coast rosemary, walking iris, and native violets.
After the backyard was cleared of clutter, Charlie created an outdoor dining area by laying glazed porcelain tiles from Beaumont Tiles over the bare concrete slab. To create a balustrade he used trough pots planted with Viburnums.
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