Get the details from episode four of Selling Houses Australia series 5.
Nicole and Peter are victims of the slow property market. The weekend they put their inner city Neutral Bay semi up for sale, the market took a nosedive taking all chances of a sale with it. Originally listed at 1.3 million, Nicole and Peter were happy to shave 200 grand off their asking price just to get a buyer, but even that didn’t work. Under normal circumstances, you might sit it out and wait for things to get better, but for this couple that’s not an option. They’ve split up, and now Peter has a new partner he wants his money out.
The house itself is smart even though it does have a spiral staircase, but on closer inspection Andrew finds a steep inaccessible, overgrown garden out the back. In a tough market this alone is enough to stop a sale, so it’s Charlie to the rescue, but fixing a garden on a site like this won’t be easy.
Budget for work - $36,000
Summary of work – Inside
For once Shaynna got the easy job. The inside of the house was already in great condition, so her job was to lift it to the next level of presentation and disguise the ugly black spiral staircase.
Shaynna’s first task was to highlight the home’s beautiful original features. The current colour scheme was white on white, which made everything disappear. So Shaynna painted certain walls in a fashionable grey to bring the house alive. She painted the wall behind the black spiral staircase dark grey, to help staircase blend in. Then she used bold lights to draw the eye away from the staircase into the house.
Nicole already had great furniture, so Shaynna used a lot of her pieces, but dressed them up with colourful cushions and accessories to take the house to the next level.
Summary of work – outside
Charlie really had his work cut out for him outside. This was an enormous task! The garden was over two levels, overgrown and desperately in need of a face lift. Charlie decided to make three distinct zones. On the lower level a dining area, at the front of the upper area a seating area to enjoy the view, and at the back a place to lounge.
His first job was to make the retaining walls safe and reference the whole boundary. He did that with a mixture of hardwood slatted screens, knotwood aluminium wood look screens for easy maintenance and treated pine fencing. On the lower dining area he laid sandstone paving to add a touch of luxury and built a fixed seat.
On the upper level Charlie used milled recycled railway sleepers as a base for his new daybed. The area was planted out with palms and other subtropical plants. Finally, to really bring the garden alive at night, the whole area was fitted out with LED lighting.
Interior walls in the master bedroom & dining room Taubmans Endure Interior Low Sheen “Mountaintop”
Interior wall behind the staircase Taubmans Endure Interior Low Sheen “Silver Charm”
Exterior wrought iron chairs on front balcony Taubmans Endure Exterior Gloss “Burning Bush”
Exterior walls Taubmans Endure Exterior Low Sheen “Ash Brown”
Exterior trims Taubmans Endure Exterior Low Sheen “Aspen Snow”