Selling Houses Australia

Reservoir, VIC House - Before + After

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

The Gentile’s are your typical close-knit Italian family. They all live in the Melbourne suburb of Reservoir and each week gather for dinner at the old family home. Charlie built the sprawling 4-bedder with his own hands and it was a perfect place to raise the kids. However now they’ve flown the nest and he and wife Sylvia want to sell up and use the money to fund their retirement. Tragically, they can’t afford to buy in their beloved suburb, but a good sales price will mean they can still buy close to family. The trouble is, the house has the street appeal of a loading dock and an interior straight from the 70’s! making it a tough challenge!



Summary of works – Interior

Gone are the days of buying a renovator and making it your own. Now it’s all about shiny and new, which is why this solid, but very dated 70’s home was the bottom of everyone’s list. So Shaynna had to take away that ugly 70’s styling and bring it kicking into the next century.

The kitchen had good bones, but badly needed a facelift. Shaynna performed some clever surgery by spraying the doors, putting on a new bench and adding some shiny modern appliances. It knocked years off!

In the lounge, Shaynna ripped out that icon of 70’s entertaining – the bar and gave the room a new colour scheme and stylish retro inspired furniture. She didn’t choose trendy whites and greys for the walls, instead she went with a brown based pallet to work with the existing architecture. She painted a feature wall in Taubmans Ash Brown, to help the oversized TV and ugly brown air conditioning unit “disappear”. The rest of the walls were a warm neutral by Taubmans, called Portland Stone.

Lighting can really date a property and this house was no exception. The ceilings were pitted with enormous old style down lights. The whole lot had to be removed and replaced with smaller, modern LED’s.

The living areas were full of awful gaudy floor tiles, so these had to go too. Shaynna chose a simple neutral carpet and a vinyl look wood floor to finish the look. The final result was a stylish modern home, with a retro twist that would appeal to young family buyers.

Summary of works – Exterior

This house was no beauty and looked more like a supermarket loading dock than an appealing family home. So it was Charlie’s job to somehow give it more street appeal. First he had to balance the look of the property by removing the second carport, which was tacked onto the side of the house. Then he lopped a large tree which was hiding the property from the street. The façade was full of depressing dark brown bricks, teamed with brown woodwork and looked like a dingy brown box. Charlie painted the gutters and large gable in a colour called ‘Windswept Beach’ to lighten it up, break up the brown and give the house some much needed architectural form.

The front door was a bit like a cave and was not very inviting. Charlie demolished the dated concrete handrail and tiled over the steps in grey sandstone to reflect some light and accentuate the location of the door. Some large feature plants helped soften the sea of hard surfaces.

Round the back, the mountain of concrete didn’t scream family friendly garden, so Charlie pulled it up and replaced it with much softer lawn. The concrete was taken directly to the tip for recycling. This saved a ton of cash on disposal, as the alternative was dumping it in the skip as general mixed waste which is much more expensive.

Next on the hit list was an enormous red brick wall, which gave the garden the feeling of a prison exercise yard. Demolition wasn’t an option, so Charlie splashed out on mature shrubs to shield it and create a hedge.

Family buyers expect outdoor entertaining, so Charlie laid some beautiful Bluestone pavers as a hard base in the backyard of the property. The natural stone added warmth and class, and potted plants softened the boundary. Outdoor furniture from Bunnings provided a place to dine, while a new BBQ and umbrella made it the perfect spot for summer entertaining.


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Posted by wolemaiReport
The first two episodes of the current series were greatly anticipated by us.
However, in both cases the owners have used the Selling Houses team to beautifully renovate their house and then the owners have refused to accept perfectly good offers on the home.
That way they get to keep living in a home that has had beautiful renovations done for a fraction of the price they should have had to pay.
This is grossly unfair and, I believe, totally dishonest.
I cannot understand why Selling Houses Australia does not have some sort of clause in the contract requiring the owners to accept a reasonable bid.
This has happened also in the previous series.
It leaves a very bad taste in your mouth to see what is really nothing but dishonesty being used to get cheap labour by these owners.
The problem for me is that it is turning me off watching the show. I have never been able to tolerate people who want to rort a system and that is what we are seeing here.

Please Selling Houses Australia, tighten up the contract you get the people to sign or you are going to lose viewers.