Love It Or List It Australia

Reno Recap: Tea Tree Gully, SA

Army Major, Antony and his wife, Tracey have lived in their tranquil home in Tea Tree Gully, SA for 10 years. Tracey loves the peaceful garden and the location of the property, but Antony has itchy feet and is desperate for a change. Can Andrew tempt Tracey away? Or will Neale enjoy another victory for team 'Love It'?

Empty nesters, Antony and Tracey are stuck in a rut. A life in the army means that Antony is always keen to move surroundings and make drastic lifestyle changes, however, his wife yearns to put down her roots in the same place for years to come. 

Their current home, a four-bedroom, two-bathroom 1970s classic set on a 996 sq metre block is located in the South Australian suburb of Tea Tree Gully and also boasts two living areas, a formal dining, and fairly-new kitchen situated in the middle of the home.

Before the renovation, the home was valued at $530,000.

Reasons to love it

Tracey loves her garden and how the property overlooks the beautiful, serene gully below.

She's also a bit daunted by moving, and while she recognises there are some faults with the property, Tracey's still very fond of her home of 10 years.

Reasons to list it

Antony is resolute in his decision to move. He is completely over the dated, dark bedrooms and the small, cramped spaces. 

The closed-off layout isn't easy to entertain in, as the kitchen is stuck in the middle of the home. With many guests mistaking the butler's pantry for the living area, the pair were keen to move on to a home with open-plan living.


Neale's design idea

For the tight budget of $80,000, Neale and team 'Love It' were tasked with creating a whole new home for Antony and Tracey. 

On the list was a modern floor plan, open plan kitchen, outdoor connection flow. Sadly, the budget didn't allow any kind of renovation to the bedrooms.

In order to achieve these grand designs, the kitchen - which divided the house - had to be moved into the formal dining room, and a new butler's pantry had to be built in the living area. 

To create flow in the home, Neale and his team removed all six internal walls and moved the dining area to the side of the house. They used sliding doors create that indoor/outdoor feeling the couple desired.

Lastly, the ceiling was raised in the living area to match the height of the other areas of the property and new flooring throughout the kitchen, living and dining areas connected all the spaces together.

Tracey and Antony seemed slightly afraid at all of these grand plans but decided to take the plunge and it certainly paid off, as the property was valued at $690,000 post-renovation.

Andrew's pitch to sell

For $700,000, Andrew had a fairly loose brief. Antony and Tracey wanted a home either closer to the city or beach, with cafes and restaurants around them.

They had no specific areas of interest but desired a modern, open-plan living and outdoor connection and were happy to downsize.

First up for team 'List It' was in Hallett Cove, 30 mins drive from central Adelaide and close to the beach. The four-bedroom home was listed on the market for $700,000 to $730,000 and had amazing ocean views and an open plan layout. While Tracey was not keen on the location, she loved the garden and bar but not enough to be swayed.

Next up was a home in the highly-sought after Glenelg North. Featuring all the lifestyle elements including shops, restaurants and beaches, the home was just 10 mins from Antony's army base. The three-bedroom home was smaller, but had a huge undercover deck and small, but manicured backyard. On the market for $630 to $690,000, Tracey was so impressed they could afford something -albeit smaller - in such a premium suburb.

The final home was a property in Magill. Halfway between Tea Tree Gully and Glenelg North, this home had a national park nearby and seemed to really appeal to both Antony and Tracey. The modern, open-plan home had three bedrooms, two bathrooms and an intimate backyard. Despite the smaller rooms, Tracey was for the firs time very excited. At just $565 to $585,000, the pair recognised this home as great value.

The verdict

The couple was completely overjoyed with their renovation. Tracey said it was everything she ever wanted in a home. While Antony was still talking about listing the home, it came as no surprise that the couple decided to stay in Tea Tree Gully for the time being and enjoy the new open-plan, modern space.

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