Love It Or List It Australia

Reno Recap: Picnic Point, NSW

Teachers, Tim and Natalie are growing fed up of their daily commute. They currently live in the suburb of Picnic Point, located 23kn south-west of the Sydney CBD. The couple have three children aged six, four and one, and spend their lives in the neighbouring Sutherland Shire.

With school, work, sports and other amenities all local to the shire, Tim was keen to make the move closer to everything, therefore avoiding the constant 20-minute drive to local services. However, while Nat does agree with her husband, she quite likes the distance from school, saving her from impromptu parent-teacher interviews in the local supermarket.

Their current, three-bedroom home was valued at $1,000,000. It included a master bedroom with ensuite, two bedrooms off the kitchen, two living rooms, formal dining and playroom.

Reasons to love it

Natalie, who is strongly governed by feelings, has a strong, emotional connection to the house. Her children were born and raised in that home.

Geographically, she admits they could live closer to things, but thinks the distance between work and home is fine.

Reasons to list it

Tim believes that the family of five have outgrown the house, as both of his sons have to share a bedroom, which is not helpful for their sleep routines.

The living spaces are also small, and the layout is disjointed for modern family living.


Neale's design idea

For $130,000, Neale and team 'Love it' had to turn the home inside out. A total overhaul of the layout was required, moving the kitchen to the back of the house and knocking through the playroom and formal dining room to open up space and create one large living, dining and cooking area close to the backyard.

Neale also needed to create an extra bedroom, and position the kids' bedrooms away from the kitchen so they'd enjoy fewer disruptions at night when they're trying to sleep.

Andrew's pitch to sell

Mr Winter was tasked with finding the family a home with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, an open plan kitchen and a flowing layout in the Sutherland Shire. With a budget of $1.2million, it was going to be a tight squeeze.

The first house in Kirrawee was within budget at $1.2 million, close to school and work, but not too close for the teachers. With four bedrooms, two bathrooms, secluded bush views, multiple living areas and a pool, Tim said the home ticked quite a few boxes, opening up Nat to the possibility of moving. The layout was good, but Nat felt no emotional connection.

Next up was a large home in Menai, in the same price range of $1.2million. The house had four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a large family area with an open, flowing layout. But, a small backyard with a plunge pool and concrete proved to be a deal-breaker for both Tim and Nat. 

Lastly on Andrew's list was a stunning home in Bonnet Bay. The four-bedroom, three-bathroom property boasted several different living areas and a great backyard with a pool. Tim and Nat were enamoured with the huge bedrooms, massive master suite and games room, with Nat saying the home was "ideal". However, with the price guide of offers over $1.35 million, there was a lot to consider.

The verdict

After Neale's magnificent renovation, the family home was valued at $1,150,000. Tim and Nat had to think about. While their home was now open, airy and spacious, it wasn't in the most convenient location. Despite this, the family decided to 'Love it' for now, believing that their home was now perfect enough to put up with the commute.

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