Selling Houses Australia

Petersham House, NSW: Take a Tour

Take a closer look at the makeover of the amazing Petersham house performed by the Selling Houses team for our 100th episode.

To celebrate our 100th episode, the team took on a huge challenge all in the name of charity. To renovate a heritage house owned by the Salvation Army in the Sydney suburb of Petersham - with every dollar made on the sale will go back to the Salvos.

The house was very dilapidated but had some strong features, including a formal lounge and dining room, ornate cornices and ceiling roses. The downside to the large five-bedroom layout is that there’s only one decent-sized family bathroom.

The free-standing house has its own back garden which had become cluttered and overgrown, and the front was in dire need of an upgrade – but it must be in keeping with its heritage style. This was one of the biggest, toughest, and most rewarding renovations taken on by the SHA team.

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Summary of Works – Interior

Shaynna recreated the grandeur of the original house with some modern enhancements. Each room – and all the decorative trim detail – was carefully painted to help restore the rooms to their former glory. New lighting and stylish window coverings were installed throughout the house. In the formal lounge and dining rooms, both fireplaces were reinstated by installing gas fireplaces and beautiful mantles, and a mix of old and new furniture was combined to create a sense of historical sophistication.

One of the smaller bedrooms was transformed into a bathroom to create a more practical floorplan of four bedrooms and two bathrooms. The house now has a bespoke kitchen that is twice the original size, complete with stunning bench tops, splashback and modern appliances. The kitchen elegance is mirrored in the informal lounge area which includes new bi-fold doors and automated soft shades.

Summary of Works – Exterior

Out the front of the house, the old unsightly carport was pulled down to reveal the façade of our heritage beauty. Cobblestones grace the path to the front door, and tessellated tiles were laid in a federation style on the porch to revive the heritage feel that had been lost over time. The colours of the tiles also provided Charlie with a colour scheme for the exterior paints.

Charlie removed everything from the existing back garden to start with a clean slate. His first addition was a paved entertaining area which gave him the base for a large outdoor kitchen and dining setting – topped off with a remote-controlled retractable awning. To get the most out of the small-sized yard, Charlie also laid new turf for a kids’ play area, built raised garden beds, and lined the fence with mature plants.

This milestone makeover would not be possible without the generosity of: 

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