Expert renovator Cherie Barber turned the corner for a tired city rental.
Cherie Barber gives a tired city rental fabulous new street appeal.
“Simple pine sleepers and minimal plantings were all that was required.” total makeover cost: a7000
A FACADE SAYS SO MUCH about what lies beyond. It’s the difference between a place that entices you to take a closer look or repels you with its dishevelled, unkempt appearance. That was certainly the case with this corner house in inner-city Melbourne. As an investment property in a highly soughtafter area, it certainly wasn’t putting its best foot forward. However, as part of an overhaul inside and out, I was able to draw out the potential of what was essentially a smart property and a major drawcard for renters.
The first thing to tackle was all the overgrown bushes and weeds that screamed neglect. Then down came the tatty awning. That gave me a clear view of what needed fixing and what I needed to update.
The existing picket fence was out of keeping with both the style of property and streetscape. Rather than scrap the whole lot, however, I simply removed the palings, trimmed the finials off the posts and attached new palings, along with some modern house numbers.
For uniformity, I added similar slats to the upper window.
GLAZE OF GLORY
With the front of the house now fully exposed, the old front door came into fresh, unwanted focus. It was an opportunity to install a contemporary glass-panelled one that would let in light, complement the adjoining floor-to-ceiling windows and become a focal point of the new facade.
The canvas was now ready for the big transformer: a fresh colour palette to erase the tired mustard and green. Replacing them with modern colours accentuated all the new highlights. I chose a moody blue for the fence, guttering and window screen, and crisp white for the architraves and door.
With only a tiny front-yard area, the “less is more” principle applies. Some simple pine sleepers to make the beds of river pebbles and minimal plantings were all that was required to reinvent this ugly duckling.
Tonal transformation The biggest change was fresh paint on the exterior, fence and pathway. A screen replaced the dated fabric awning
Smart sophisticated Cue one rear garden bed and large seating area.
Clearly overgrown, the house hadn’t been updated in a while.