Selling Houses Australia

Wellington, NSW House - Before + After

Take a closer look at the amazing makeover completed by Shaynna, Charlie and Andrew.

When Julienne Wilson saw her ramshackle mansion in country New South Wales, it was love at first sight. For 17 years she battled to restore its crumbling beauty, but when her husband died she decided it was time to move on. The place is falling down around her ears and Julienne doesn’t have the energy or funds to fix it. To add to her woes country markets are slow and after 3 years and just 7 inspections, her chances of a sale are looking slim.



Summary of works – Interior

This grand old home was desperately in need of some TLC to restore it to its former glory.

To up the presentation of this home Shaynna concentrated on only a few main rooms, the front two bedrooms, hallway and lounge with paint, new carpet and lighting.  But the dated kitchen is where Shaynna put most of her energy in a hope buyers would fall madly in love and forgive the rest of the long term projects.

The kitchen needed a massive overhaul – and in a large home like this a family kitchen is a must. Shaynna has been really clever by teaming value for money flat pack cupboards, with a sleek granite bench top, ceramic sink and an amazing freestanding oven. The result – a Victorian country look with all mod cons.

The proportions in the living room were beautiful and the floorboards were in good shape, so all it needed was a fantastic rug, fresh paint and dressing. Carpets in the bedrooms gave them a lift and window treatments in selected rooms added a stylish finishing touch.

Shaynna chose a sliver gray paint colour for the walls in the kitchen, lounge and hallway and a lovely soft yellow called Copeland for the two front bedrooms. The colours were really in keeping with the heritage look of this property and helped highlight the architectural features.

Summary of works - Exterior

Charlie wasn’t around for this makeover as he was about to become a Dad, so he left Andrew in charge with strict instructions. The team concentrated on the front of the house by clearing the overgrown plants, putting in a formal garden, a new path and replacing the rotting veranda.

The demolition phase of this job was easy, putting it back together that was the hard bit! The house was heritage listed, so the veranda had to be restored in the same design and materials as originally used. The decking boards were simple to source however the wood details were more of a challenge. Luckily the local Men’s shed had some talented craftsmen who were happy to lend a hand turning brand new veranda brackets.

Charlie specified reclaimed bricks for the new edging for the path in keeping with the house. The brick borders also created a strong sense of design. The path itself was a red/brown deco-granite..

Charlie wanted a formal garden – which is a fancy term for symmetrical layout. The front fence provided the perfect frame. We didn’t lay turf as it was too hot and the turf would die so we spent the cash on drought tolerant lambs ears and rosemary. An Ornamental pear tree was used to frame the new path also and to finish off the yard was cleared and weeded and the new deck oiled.


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