Selling Houses Australia

Macleay Island, QLD House - Before + After

Take a closer look at the amazing makeover completed by Shaynna, Charlie and Andrew.

It should be paradise, a sub tropical island off the coast of Brisbane, but for Raice and Chi Chi it’s more like purgatory. They need to upsize to accommodate their growing tree lopping business, but have failed to find a buyer in a whopping 6 years! To add to their woes, it seems half the island is for sale. Is this our team’s toughest challenge yet?



Summary of works - Interior

An Island home may seem like a dream but the reality is demand for property on Macleay is fairly low, so Raice and Chi Chi’s house needed to be well presented.

The biggest issue was the kitchen. There was nothing we could salvage, so the whole lot had to go. Shaynna chose new flat pack units from Bunnings and configured them in an L shaped layout. She blocked up the old serving hatch to create more wall space.  New appliances, including a proper cooker, finished the room.

The whole house was painted throughout and luxury vinyl floor laid in the living areas to create a consistent look.  Shaynna updated the window blinds in the lounge and bedrooms to add character and texture. The blinds had a streamlined finish so were perfect for the small home.

Summary of works - Exterior

For once Charlie’s job wasn’t to create a manicured garden, the aim of this makeover was to keep things natural. First cab off the rank was a big clean up and for this he had the help of Raice’s tree lopping crew.

The block was so big he focused his planting on the bank at the front the house, to give buyers a good first impression. The bedrooms looked straight out onto an ugly fence, so Charlie planted Lillypilly outside each window to improve the outlook.

The main focus of the work was to update the look of the house itself. Charlie chopped back a big Moraya bush that was blocking the front of the building and replaced it with some smart timber screening. This had the added advantage of hiding Raice’s work tools, which were stored beneath the verandas.

The paintwork on the weatherboard cottage was in very poor condition, so the whole lot had to be re-painted. Charlie used a blue/grey colour called Moss Blue in double strength to reflect the costal environment. A clean white “Aspen Snow” highlighted the trims, giving a fresh modern look.

For the icing on the cake, Charlie shipped in a brand new stainless steel barbecue and outdoor setting to dress the veranda.


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