Ex­pert ren­o­va­tor Cherie Bar­ber turned the cor­ner for a tired city rental.

Homes+ (Australia) - - CONTENTS - WITH CHERIE BAR­BER

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.


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.


Shady char­ac­ter

Clearly over­grown, the house hadn’t been up­dated in a while.

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