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Waterfront Home Makeover

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Address: Berowra Waters, NSW
List Price: $1.3 million
Makeover budget: $30,000

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This house sat in a magnificent setting, but closer inspection revealed a property that was tired and lacking in maintenance. With a price tag of 1.3 million, it was up to the team to put some sparkle back into this property and give it the wow factor it deserved.


Shaynna’s main focus was improving the flow of inside/outside living and updating the extremely tired bathrooms. Downstairs, Peter and Celine had already updated the kitchen, which was a huge bonus, but it didn’t connect with the outside. To remedy this, Shaynna installed new bi-fold doors that Peter had purchased but never got round to fitting. The new doors and existing windows were updated with innovative panel glide blinds from Blinds Online. The great thing about these is, just like the bi-fold doors, they stack back on each other, opening up the living area to the river. Once this was done, updating the rest of the lounge was simple. Shaynna removed the carpet off the staircase to reveal the natural wood treads, and then removed some of Peter and Celine’s furniture to open up the place, before dressing with new accessories from Valiant Hire.

The biggest focus upstairs was the bathrooms. Shaynna moved the door in the master bathroom to convert it into an en-suite with views straight out to the river. She went for a high-end luxury finish, with a new double shower, and new vanity, toilet and fittings, supplied by Caroma Dorf, with tiles selected from Beaumont Tiles.

The second bathroom became the new main bathroom. This was in better condition, but still sported a hideous green shower-screen. This whole unit was replaced with a hipbath and new tapware from Caroma Dorf. The boxy green screen was ripped out and replaced with a new clear shower screen from Stegbar, to open up the room.

The other nightmare area inside was the laundry; with a hole in the ceiling from a previous leak and peeling wood panels it hardly inspired buyers. The team fixed up the enormous hole, repaired the walls and painted in Taubmans Endure Interior ‘Winter White”. The old threadbare carpet was replaced with a practical vinyl floor from Carpet Call.

The upstairs was full of wood panels, so Shaynna decided to paint one of the bedrooms to break it up. As the room faced north and was very light, Shaynna was able to choose a rich colour to really bring life to the room - Taubmans Endure ‘Tennyson’.

Due to the difficult access, most of Peter and Celine’s furniture was re-used and Shaynna relied on boxes of accessories from Valiant Hire and Spotlight to transform the interior. New cushions, vases, throws and artwork can really unify a house, simply by using a consistent palette. In this case, blues and greens to echo the colours of the river and bush. Mica Lighting supplied lighting for bathrooms and living areas.


This was a rather unusual job for Charlie, as there was no real garden to speak of. Instead, he had a deck to the front and one side of the property, a jetty and a tired patio to the other.

Charlie’s first job was to replace the abundance of rotting wood that greeted buyers as they approached the house. He used treated pine from Midcoast Timber to fix the jetty and the railings, and painted the new railings in Taubmans Endure ‘Black Fox’, to add contrast to the cream exterior.

Most of Charlie’s attentions were focussed on the old patio area adjacent to the kitchen, being the first thing buyers saw. He covered the old dated tiles with sawn sandstone pavers from Sydney Stone Company. The deep red stone blended perfectly with the surrounding sandstone cliffs, and added a real sense of luxury to the exterior. Of course, this made the old BBQ look very shabby, so Charlie removed the dated tiles and reclad surface with treated pine slats. Charlie wanted to define an outdoor entertaining area, but didn’t have the budget for a covered canopy. The solution was a simple pergola frame, painted in Taubmans Endure ‘Black Fox’ and ‘Bark’ to blend with the house. Exposed brickwork in the BBQ area was painted in ‘Sombre Grey’.

There was very little in the way of garden beds, so Charlie used potted plants to add some greenery. He spent a fair chunk of his budget on some pots from Pots Online - large U-planters and medium Low bowls in Atlantis glaze, and large trough pots in lightweight black Terrazzo. They were planted with Agaves found around the site. To create a statement in the bed at the top of the jetty, he planted a hardy mature cycad, from Alpine Nurseries.

For once, Charlie ordered more furniture from Valiant Hire than Shaynna, including a huge outdoor lounge for the deck off the living area. The new paved area was dressed with a table and chairs. The result – luxury outdoor living with a million dollar view

Water transport was provided by Aquality Cruises, Berowra Waters Barges and Berowra Waters Marina.

Taubmans colour chart

Exterior Horizontal timber details on pergola & rails - Exterior low sheen “Black Fox”
Exterior exposed brick work around BBQ area - Exterior low sheen “Sombre Grey”
Pergola colour matched to house - Exterior low sheen “Bark”
Interior Laundry walls - Interior low sheen “Winter White”
Spare bedroom walls & bathroom - Interior low sheen “Tennyson”
Interior ceilings - Ceiling “Flat White”

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