Find out more about the makeover by the Selling Houses Australia team.
Sydneysider Shaunah landed her first teaching job in Mudgee in 2004 and decided to buy her first home, a tiny shop front/turned house, in the shape of a box! Shaunah settled into her new life in Mudgee and in 2007 her life took another turn when she married Frank and moved back to Sydney. Rather than sell up, Shaunah decided to hold on to the house as a rental property for a while as the local market was flourishing and rental returns were good.
Shauna and Frank went through IVF to have their son Nate and now Nate is getting older there is nothing they want more than a sibling to keep him company. But IVF is not cheap and until they sell the Mudgee house they can’t afford to try for another baby. To add to their woes, the buyers are just not interested in Shaunah’s tiny box shaped house. Can Charlie and Shaynna coax Shaunah’s house out of its box and into a sale?
Summary of Works – Inside:
The biggest challenge with this job was to create a feeling of space inside this tiny 2-bedder. As you entered the living space you were confronted with a very small area that was cut in two by an out of place kitchen-bar, so Shaynna got rid of the bar and changed the handles on all of the cupboards. The old carpet was removed in the lounge and Genero Clic floors in Riveroak colour were laid to tie in the kitchen and living areas.
The tenant’s fridge did not fit in its custom built spot so it was replaced by one that did and a new oven from Bunnings completed the improved kitchen.
The front door was shabby and rotting from the floor up and was actually originally an interior door so Shaynna replaced it with a more modern exterior door.
The entire interior was freshened up and painted in “Silver Dollar” from Taubmans. All windows were dressed with double roller blinds and the old wardrobe space in bedroom two was completed with easy to use panel glide blinds from Luxaflex.
Shaynna’s final touch was to refurnish the home and to place the furniture rented from Valiant Hire strategically to make the most of the small space.
Summary of Works – Outside:
Shaunah and Frank’s Mudgee home was in one of the best parts of Mudgee, but unlike its neighbours, it was a simple, tired and very tiny, two-bedroom fibro cottage with a small garden and carport and a very hard to find front entrance!
The house was once a shop front and its walls sit on the property’s boundaries. The door was not visible from the outside of the property, so to address this issue, Charlie installed a new gateway into the return of the fence to define a clear entry to the property from the street. He then did a full re-spray of the fence and installed a new mailbox. Some planting down the driveway completed the new entrance. The original yellow colour exterior walls were painted in a more modern colour of light pewter. Charlie also replaced the two front glass brick windows with some modern wind-out windows from Stegbar.
The boxy shape of the house needed to be redefined so an awning was built at the front door, not only to change the shape of the home, but to give the doorway some protection. The second extension to the home was to knock out the 2nd bedroom wall and install sliding doors from Stegbar out onto a new deck, which extended the tiny living space into the outdoors and once again deviated from its exterior boxy shape.