Selling Houses Australia

DIY Disaster Selling Houses Australia Series 5

Get all the details from episode 7 of Selling Houses Australia Series 5.

Spencer and Claudia have been trying to sell their half renovated weatherboard cottage in Sydney’s south since 2008. Their home improvements came to an abrupt halt five years ago when they tragically lost a son during pregnancy. Unable to face finishing the project, and desperate to escape the unhappy memories, Spencer put out a hand painted for sale sign and waited.

It quickly became obvious no one was going to buy the half renovated cottage at the $700,000 Spencer and Claudia wanted, so Spencer picked himself up and tried to finish the project single-handed. But Spencer is a painter and musician, not a builder and didn’t realise he needed council permission for major alterations, like taking out a wall and building a new deck.

To make matters worse the work he has done doesn’t meet building codes. The only way to get the cottage sold is to fix up Spencer’s bodged alterations so they comply with council regulations and finish all the outstanding jobs.

Budget: $20,000.

Summary of Work – Inside

This was the house of unfinished jobs. There were missing wall panels, missing doors, a half finished kitchen and dodgy electrics. The vast majority of the budget was spent on putting all these little details right. The inside of the house was cold and stark, so Shaynna painted the walls in a neutral shade called Taubmans Endure “Pebble Bay” to add some warmth to the home. Her next task was to update the dodgy ensuite. This was achieved on a budget of $2400, by spraying the existing tiles and shower recess and adding a new toilet and taps courtesy of Reece.

The largest front bedroom had an ugly aluminium window, so Shaynna replaced that with a traditional sash window which Spencer had already purchased. She then reconfigured the bedrooms making the largest the new master, and the old master with the ensuite into a single room for Juliet, Spencer and Claudia’s daughter.

Summary of work – outside

The biggest problem Charlie had to contend with was the back deck. It was literally peeling off the house. Charlie had to add new timber supports, fixings and bracings to bring the deck up to council’s building standards and added extra wire balustrades. The deck was dressed with furniture from Valiant hire and pots from Potsonline.

The front of the house was full of junk and badly needed street appeal. After a big clean up, Charlie laid a new pathway of recycled bricks to give the house a cottage feel. He replanted a line of agapanthus and added a few feature magnolias and gardenias to complete the look.

Paint Used:

Interior ceilings in the kitchen, lounge/ dining & hallway Taubmans Endure Interior Ceiling “Flat White”
Interior walls in the kitchen, lounge/ dining & hallway Taubmans Endure Interior Low Sheen “Pebble Bay”
Interior Trims in the kitchen, lounge/ dining & hallway Taubmans Endure Interior Doors & Trims Semi Gloss “Crisp White”
Exterior Front Fence Taubmans Endure Exterior Low Sheen “Aspen Snow”
Exterior Front Windows, Door & Trims Taubmans Endure Exterior Gloss “Aspen Snow”

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