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Selling Houses Australia Kurnell Property

See how the Selling Houses Australia Extreme team made over a property near a flight path, oil refinery, desalination plant and sewage works!

Address: Kurnell, NSW
List Price: $800,000
Makeover budget: $20,000
Sale Price: $800,000

Story Synopsis

Kurnell is a unique suburb, for all the wrong reasons - flight path, oil refinery, desalination plant and sewage works - but also with a safe sandy beach and a village feel. Darrin and Sheila bought a promising home here a few years back but are now going their separate ways. The house needs to be outstanding to achieve the anticipated sale price in this area.


Although this house was clean and tidy, the interior was very dated. An abundance of wood panels made the place feel dark and dingy, and the kitchen looked like it was straight out of the 90s.

Shaynna concentrated her efforts on updating the downstairs, with special attention on the kitchen dining room and the lounge area. The kitchen was given a budget update with a new Essastone bench top, which was fitted by Signature Kitchens. The bench top is reconstituted quartz held together by resin, and has the look of natural stone, but is around 25% cheaper. For the splashbacks Shaynna used an exciting new product – Laminex Metaline, installed by DJ’s Kitchens / Freeline Fabricators. It can be installed quickly and easily. It’s a cheaper alternative to a traditional glass splash back, and can withstand heat from cookers. To finish off, we installed a new sink and some taps from Caroma Dorf, and a stainless steel dishwasher and freestanding stove from Appliances Online.

The whole room was treated to a new coat of paint in Taubmans Endure ‘Cloud Burst’, new white venetian blinds from Blinds Online and new Inovar wood floor in a light Balinese teak.

The other big task was tackling the awful dingy wood panelled lounge room. Shaynna’s first line of attack was to paint over the wood panels with Taubmans Endure in a soft white / grey called ‘Cloud Burst’. She painted all the trims in the same colour in a semi gloss and by keeping the colour consistent helped the room look bigger. The next problem area was the ugly bar at the end of room and the wasted space around it. Shaynna transformed the area with a built-in office nook and day bed, and Mica Lighting supplied new modern lights. Finally this whole area was dressed with light coloured furniture from Valiant hire, and blue and green cushions and accessories from Spotlight for a real beach house feel.

The bedrooms at the front were just given a paint spruce up with Taubmans Endure ‘Luna Rock’, new light fittings from Mica Lighting and new furniture from Valiant Hire. The study was re-dressed as a bedroom, to show the property off as a 5 bedroom house.


The house sat sideways on the block, which meant it was severely lacking in street appeal. Charlie set about improving that by pulling down the lattice at the front of the house to open the place up. This wasn’t replaced, and hence exposed some ugly aluminium windows. Charlie covered these up with new frames, which added architectural interest on the boring façade, and helped the house appear more solid.

The trims at the front of the house were painted in Taubmans Endure ‘Shady Glade’ to give the place a more modern colour scheme. Then Charlie dressed up the front garden beds with some agaves relocated from the side of the house, and a mature cycad from Alpine Nurseries in a large ‘noodle jar’ glazed pot, supplied by Potsonline.

The house was surrounded by an ugly concrete driveway, which dominated the front yard and ran round to the back. The whole area was given a face-lift with a spray-on surface from Designer Concrete Coatings and applied by Steve’s Concreting and Paving. And by choosing a grey colour (‘Ironstone’), Charlie helped link the front with the new entertaining area at the back.

The expansive back yard was already in good condition, so didn’t really need any work, but the covered entertaining area was a different story. The first problem was the area had 3 different levels, so Charlie build a new timber deck to make it one flat space, with timber supplied by Midcoast Timber, and then painted all the surfaces in grey to visually link them together.

At one side, Charlie built a slatted timber screen to block out the neighbours and to provide a place for the BBQ. Charlie used a vertical garden with a wooden frame to decorate the grey brick wall, freshly painted in Taubmans Endure ‘Steel Dust’, and in the corner, placed a cycad in another sand-coloured ‘noodle jar’ pot from Potsonline. The area was dressed with furniture from Valiant Hire.

Taubmans colour chart

Interior ceilings - Ceiling “Flat White”
Interior Walls – bedroom - Interior low sheen “Luna Rock” double strength
Interior Walls – lounge, kitchen/dining - Interior low sheen “Cloudburst”
Interior Trims Interior semi gloss “Cloudburst”
Exterior previously red wall alongside driveway - Exterior low sheen “Steel Dust”
Exterior Timber and Trims Exterior low sheen “Shady Glade”
Existing pergola beams colour-matched to house - Exterior low sheen “Buff Straw"

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