Love It Or List It Australia

Love It Or List It Australia reno recap: Essendon, VIC

We take a look at the latest episode of Love It Or List It Australia with Andrew Winter and Neale Whitaker.

Living a stone's throw from Melbourne's Tullamarine airport, Antony and Anna bought their home eight years ago. It was admittedly a bit of a scramble as the pair had to find somewhere to live fast after they had to leave the home they were renting.  

In the next street came this home and they took it after one inspection! Being first-time buyers they didn't know what to look for and it wasn't until months later that they noticed literal cracks beginning to appear. 

Antony is keen to see a dream renovation so they can stay put but, Anna wants to pack up and leave for something new. With Antony's home office in the centre of the house, the layout isn't ideal and Anna wants more space and the lack of functionality is making Anna less houseproud than she usually is. 

Andrew's case to 'List It'

"Essendon North is a Melbourne suburb that is literally so close to the airport you can hear the planes. It's full of old houses and lots of amenities - a bustling suburb," Andrew says.

However, Andrew doesn't think this home is right for Antony and Anna.

"A traditional single-level home that's perfect for anyone over the age of 80 and if you think of the movie The Castle, that alone is a reason to move," he adds.

Before

READ MORE: Love It Or List It Australia: Meet the homeowners from Essendon, VIC

Neale's case to 'Love It'

With some underlying structural issues, Neale had a big task ahead of him. 

"The house at Essendon North was a museum piece. A fine example of Art Deco residential architecture, but stuck in a time warp," Neale tells. "It was dark and unwelcoming. By opening up the house and adding skylights, a new kitchen and a second bathroom we instantly created a light-filled home that felt contemporary and liveable whilst respecting and preserving some of the period details."

After

READ MORE: Neale Whitaker's simple tips for an on-trend kitchen

The verdict

Despite Anna admitting she was embarrassed to call this her home, the renovation brought her to tears and the couple simply had to 'Love It'. 

After seeing the way the renovation opened up the home, the pair realised the space was now perfect for them. 

Watch Love It Or List It Australia, Wednesdays, 8.30pm EST on LifeStyle or On Demand

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