Find out more about the makeover carried out by the Selling Houses Australia team.
Monterey, NSW – Half Finished Dream House
Anna Nikolis is up to her eyeballs in debt, and her only way out is to sell her beloved home. She originally bought the place with her mother, and they had big plans to renovate and turn it into the perfect house for Anna, her husband, their children and of course Mum. But things didn’t turn out as planned. Anna’s marriage broke up, Mum died and Anna was left struggling to raise 3 children on her own. She forged ahead with the renovations, borrowing more and more money against the house to complete the work. Now she’s out of cash, has debts to the tune of $900,000 and the work is nowhere near finished. There are huge bathrooms with no toilets, wires hanging out of the walls and a yard that looks like a building site full of junk.
The team have their work cut out for them, as there are just so many little things that need to be done to finish what Anna started.
Summary of Works – Outside:
The street appeal of Anna’s house was definitely lacking. The house is on a busy road, so it needed to look perfect to overcome a bad position. The fence was half finished, so Charlie painted the existing columns and then filled the gaps with Eko decking slats from Bunnings. This is a clever wood composite, that doesn’t rot and stands up to pollution. With safety in mind, Charlie installed an electric gate and paved the area beyond for a driveway. The rest of the front garden was turfed, and the existing planting was replaced with Rhapiolepis indica ‘Oriental Pearl’. To finish the front, new lighting was added and a lick of paint to modernise the look of the façade.
The backyard was a mess, a huge dirt pit filled with leftover building materials and rubbish. The large lawn was returfed and the perimeter was planted with Syzygium ‘Resilience’ Lillipilli trees to soften the fence line. Charlie also fixed the balustrade on the upstairs balcony and then built a large deck using Ekodecking in Silver Ash. The whole look was finished it with potted plants and a large outdoor setting from Bunnings.
Summary of Works – Inside:
With so many little jobs outstanding, it was hard to know where to start. The whole house was repainted, the walls in Taubmans Altair and the trims in Chalk Wash the study was painted in Taubmans ‘Ostrich Feather’.
Downstairs the floors were extremely damaged so they were replaced with Floor Clic Flooring, which not only looked more attractive but helped with the ‘flow-through’ of the space.
Upstairs the two large bathrooms had been tiled with Italian marble but were lacking vanities, toilets and fittings! Shaynna installed modern white vanities and chrome fittings to finish them off.
Shaynna didn’t see the need for a sixth bedroom so she turned it into a second lounge or study retreat, it was de-cluttered and the interior doors were painted white.
The attic room was plastered, painted and carpeted to create a ‘teenagers retreat’ room at the top of the house. Anna had already installed an electric ladder and air conditioning, so it made sense for it to be a workable room that buyers kids would fall in love with and an interesting extra that set it apart from other homes on the market.
Shaynna finished the interiors with roller and Duette blinds from Luxaflex and furnished it throughout with hire furniture from Valiant hire and cushions from Kas.