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THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER of a cosmetic refresh and how it can deliver amazing profits in staggeringly short time frames is something I talk about often. The makeover of this apartment in Sydney’s west is a classic example of how carefully targeted changes can completely change a place’s character.
The two-bedroom unit was already blessed with plenty of natural light, a great starting point for any property, and had a balcony, which is always a bonus. However, it was let down by dated finishes and a kitchen that really didn’t capitalise on the generous available space. To modernise the property I had a budget of $5000.
I could see plenty of potential in the kitchen to really lift the unit’s value, so allocated $1200 to an update that
included rejigging the layout. To provide a decent stretch of bench space, the tall cupboard housing the oven was removed and the oven relocated below a new stretch of laminate bench top running along one wall, with new open shelving above. The kitchen now looks brand new!
TAKE THE FLOOR
Those shabby carpets and the vinyl flooring in the kitchen had to go, providing the opportunity to create uniform flooring throughout, which always makes a space seem larger. For around $1800, I laid laminate flooring, which looks and feels like timber flooring, but at a fraction of the price.
“I could see plenty of potential in the kitchen to really lift the unit’s value.”
ALL THE TRIMMINGS
We painted throughout, including the louvred built-ins in the master bedroom, and treated the balcony to a coat of charcoal-tinted paving paint, replacing the dated maroon colour. A new glass shower screen, mirrored cabinet and taps updated the bathroom, while new fans, light fittings and window furnishings completed the makeover.
The total cost of the work was under $5000. After the makeover, the unit was revalued and had appreciated by $20,000 – a profit of $15,000. What a great example of how to manufacture fast equity by cosmetic renovations.
after In proportion Contemporary, suitably sized furniture helps to create two zones. Blinds give privacy but let in light
before Boring beige Shabby, bland carpet is not a drawcard!
after Streamlined New timber-look floors throughout seem to increase the unit’s size.
before Size matters Chunky furniture tends to shrink open plan rooms.
after Sit back, relax A little paint and greenery revived the outdoor area. before Drab and dingy The balcony was not very welcoming. Fill bare corners with big plants
after Look at me now! With a few clever changes, the kitchen looks brand new. Open shelves offer storage and display Moving the oven creates bench space
after Calm coordination Smart styling makes an inviting second bedroom.
before Cluttered up The kitchen lacked sufficient bench space.
after Sheer delight Lighter floors, drapes and furniture have transformed the master bedroom. A paler shade of bedhead
before In the dark
Too many colours compete in this modest space.
after Clean and compact The bathroom now seems more spacious.
before Bold but old This small busy room needed a modern touch.