Love It Or List It Australia

Love It Or List It Australia reno recap: Oyster Bay, NSW

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

Nathan and Emily agree on one thing: their current family home in Oyster Bay, NSW isn't working for their family. 

Nathan, an ex-pro NRL player, is keen to cut their losses and sell their large home as he is tired of having to maintain a large home and backyard. 

Emily, however, thinks that a simple renovation to give the home more flow and open plan is just what th pair need. 

Andrew's case to 'List It'

"Oyster Bay is a charming waterside suburb part of the Sutherland Shire south of Sydney, which lies close to the national parks and beaches of the south coast," Andrew says.

"This is a very substantial, sprawling single-level family home, but that big block is not the house for you if you don't want maintenance," he adds.


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Neale's case to 'Love It'

"The house at Oyster Bay had the luxury of space, a large house on a large block, but it felt dated and badly-planned." Neale explains. "The kitchen was tucked away at the end of the house and inconveniently housed the laundry. The dining area was a redundant space and connection between indoors and outdoors was poor."

"The house was opened up, skylights and a new laundry added and the kitchen moved to the centre to create a home that flowed out to a new deck and felt appropriate for a young and vibrant family," he adds. 


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The verdict

After the renovation increased the home's value to $1.4 million, it gave the couple real food for thought. 

Emily said it turns out that after the renovation this is the best house for their family right now and Nathan agrees - even though he was really keen to move! He says he will wear the maintenance for another few years at least.

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

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