Love It Or List It Australia

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

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

Mark and Amanda could not be further from agreeing what the family needs when it comes to their forever home. 

Amanda is keen on staying in their Hampton house and believes that Neale can turn the layout around so there's a natural flow and some open-plan living for entertaining. 

Meanwhile, Mark has already mentally packed up and moved on. He wants something closer to the city to cut down on the couple's commute time and just can't see how their Hampton home could be transformed into a more liveable space.

Andrew's case to 'List It'

The first home Andrew showed wasn't what the couple wanted, but the the real estate expert used it to his advantage to rule out some options and showed them a potential winner in Elwood.

"I would argue that they could get something bigger and better in a more central location, however it is a very good house. Would I list it? I'm not sure," Andrew admits. 

Before

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

Neale's case to 'Love It'

Neale understood the couple's frustrations with the lack of open spaces, along with the odd placement of the bathroom and laundry. 

"Hampton had bad flow with the main bathroom positioned right in the centre of the house," Neale explains. 

To create a solution to this layout issue, Neale decided to dramatically change the home. 

"We demolished the existing bathroom and compensated by creating a master bedroom with an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe," Neale tells. "This was configured using half the unused dining room, while the other half was used to create laundry and storage."

After

READ MORE: Neale Whitaker's budget hacks to update your bathroom

The verdict

After finding out that their home had increased in value (from $2 - $2.1 million, to $2.6 - $2.7 million) the couple decided to 'Love It'. Although they painstakingly weighed up the pros and cons, it seems Amanda won out in the end and the family decided to stay and make this their forever home, saying they fell in love with it all over again. 

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

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