Selling Houses Australia

This Aussie house has its own traditional English pub

Ian and Anne Vevers are English expats living in a five-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Penrith, in Sydney's western suburbs, with a garage they've converted into a mini English pub.

They loved their house because it’s deceptively large and full of character, and the English pub they built into their garage brought a taste of the motherland and warm beer to the suburbs of Penrith. But now they're ready to downsize.

After putting the house on the market they received two offers, which both fell through. After changing agents, they received another offer that was more than $100,000 less than the previous offers.

The house has a lot going for it, but it needs serious help getting rid of Anne’s “olde worlde” decor, and getting the garden and pool to sparkle once again.

Summary of Works – Interior

With different paint colours and wallpaper patterns in each room, Shaynna needed to restore a sense of order and calm throughout the house. She did that by using consistent paint colours on the walls and trims and modernising the overall look with updated furniture and styling.

Replacing the old-fashioned lacy curtains with soft shades also made a big difference to the interiors. They still work with the character of the house, but add a soft yet contemporary feel.

Summary of Works – Exterior

Charlie was away for this makeover, so Andrew stepped in to offer his "assistance". He helped to implement Charlie’s vision of installing a new pool deck and got professional help cleaning the algae-infested pool. After only a few treatments it glistened once again, and the new composite decking created a resort-style plunge-pool feel.

The patio area off the converted garage was upgraded to become more of an outdoor room by installing a straight-drop awning for protection from the elements, adding a new outdoor setting and creating better access into the “pub” with new French doors.

The house frontage was improved by reducing the height of the shrubs, replanting the front garden beds, laying new turf and installing new sandstone steppers that tied in much better with the façade paint colours.

The verdict

Getting rid of clutter created a spacious and clean home which made the most of the house's period features, allowing prospective buyers to see the home's potential. Despite Anne's scepticism, she found she actually liked the grey paint of which she'd initially been so wary. 

As for the pub, Anne and Ian were thrilled to see that the team left it untouched, apart from a new set of French doors - it was too perfect already.

In the end, Anne and Ian didn't even have to wait to get to auction to sell their newly-renovated house and received an offer for $830,000, which they happily accepted.

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