Get all the details from episode 2 of Selling Houses Australia Series 5.
Being close to transport has always been a big positive in real estate, but there is such a thing as too close. Like the railway tracks being three meters away from your house!
When Ross bought his heritage-listed cottage in Heathcote, the noise from the trains was never an issue. He purchased it as an investment property with his wife, and never thought he would have to live there.
But a few years later Ross’s marriage broke down, so he moved into the tired run down cottage with his 19-year-old son Josh. He’s been trying to sell the house for almost a year, but the trouble is nobody is willing to pay the top dollar Ross needs to cover his debts.
Summary of Works – Inside
Ross’s cottage was heritage listed so Shaynna couldn’t do too much to change the look of the inside. Her main focus was a new paint job to warm the interior up and dressing.
For once the bathroom was in good shape, which meant the only room that Shaynna needed to update was the kitchen. There was no money in the budget to replace it, so Shaynna resprayed the bench tops, replaced the handles and added a new wood-look lino floor. Then she put up a wood panelled wall to close in the adjacent laundry which was visible from the lounge.
The whole interior received a new colour scheme in a neutral colour called Taubmans Plantation Moss to try to warm up the feeling of the exterior. Josh’s room was scrubbed clean of the terrible black mould, and painted with Taubmans Endure, which contains a mould inhibitor.
The last big problem to solve was how to cut down the noise from the trains. The windows couldn’t be replaced as the property was heritage listed, so Shaynna used a double glazing product called Magnetite which was fitted to the existing windows with excellent results.
Summary of Work – Outside
Ross’s cottage may be a beautiful old historical building, but the gardens did nothing to enhance it. The lawn was vast and unkempt, the fencing metal and unattractive. And as for the train line, it was there for all to see. So, Charlie’s first job was to block out the train track. He did this by constructing a 1.8m timber fence out of treated pine. He also pulled down the ugly metal fence at the front and replaced it with a cute white picket one.
Next on the list was the garden, or rather lack of them. Charlie went for a formal theme, with a central pathway of recycled bricks, he bordered this with hedging, and put in two symmetrical feature trees either side of the pathway.
The crowning glory of this makeover, was the new tiled porch courtesy of the Olde English Tile Company. By using a traditional tessellated tile, Charlie brought the entrance of the old cottage back to life and added a touch of grandeur. To finish off, he put a sandstone style pot on either side of the front door with a neat shaped buxus in each.
Interior walls in the lounge, dining & in both bedrooms- Taubmans Endure Interior Low Sheen “Plantation Moss”
Interior Trims in the lounge, dining, in both bedrooms & the kitchen cabinet doors - Taubmans Endure Interior Doors & Trims Semi Gloss “Milk Cloud”
Interior Fireplaces (internal) - Taubmans Endure Interior Low Sheen “Trendy”
Exterior walls on the house - Taubmans Endure Exterior Gloss “Winter Sea”
Exterior trims on the house - Taubmans Endure Exterior Gloss “Light Delight”
Picket Fence - Taubmans Endure Exterior Low Sheen “Light Delight”
Front Door on the external side - Taubmans Endure Exterior Gloss “Winter Sea”