Selling Houses Australia

Selling Houses Australia brings this '70s eyesore into the new millennium

Emilio and Rosa Mazza emigrated from Italy in the '50s and have owned their home in Traralgon, Victoria since 1976.

An architectural draftsman by trade, Emilio designed and built the house himself.

With four adult children and six grandchildren, Rosa and Emilio love hosting events and gatherings for their large family. But the two-storey Spanish mission-style house on 783 square metres has become too big for them to maintain.

Rosa and Emilio also have health issues and ageing parents to consider and need to downsize to a house more suitable for their current stage of life.

They both recognise the house is outdated and rundown, but they’ve not been in a financial position to do much work to the house and were grateful for the assistance of the team from Selling Houses Australia.

Summary of works - Interior

Shaynna’s focus was on completely overhauling the heart of this Italian family’s home - the kitchen. The original crumbling kitchen was gutted and replaced with brand new cabinetry, benchtops, appliances and a centre island bench.

The floorplan was improved by dividing the excessively long lounge room in two to create a new bedroom at the front, creating a more sought-after four-bedroom family house. Having a downstairs guest room or accessible room for ageing family members will also make life easier for the Mazzas and the new homeowners.

Shaynna’s updated colour scheme and styling choices meant saying goodbye to Rosa’s red accessories, and the neutral tones and textured feature pieces in the new sitting area make the outdated spiral staircase seem to disappear.

Summary of works - Exterior

This large block had a lot of areas that needed attention. Charlie brought the frontage into the new millennium by updating the pot plants and replacing the rock garden with new turf. The front entry is now much more welcoming, after removing the iron gate and replacing the outdated front doors with modern glass entry doors. The balustrading on the front terrace also got a much-needed coat of paint.

The side and rear gardens were filled with lifeless concrete and deteriorating furniture, so Charlie purged the grey slabs and laid new turf to inject life and colour. There’s still plenty of paved area for outdoor entertaining but, with new furniture, pot plants and a market umbrella, it's much more stylish.

The verdict

Although their family home was filled with plenty of memories, Emilio and Rosa understood a major makeover was required to sell this house. 

With plenty of help from their family and friends, the house was transformed. Rosa was particularly enamoured with her new kitchen, which included a brand new oven with a door that could actually stay shut. Family feasts of any size will now be a pleasure for the Mazzas or the new owners to prepare.

Soon after the renovation, Rosa and Emilio received an offer of $340,000 - enough for them to sell and downsize to a more suitable home.

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