A reasonable budget and clever spending resulted in an amazing transformation of this property.
Reno Queen Cherie Barber takes us through a very clever inside-and-out house transformation.
THIS HUMBLE THREE-BEDROOM house is a carbon copy of dozens of others in a working-class suburb in Sydney’s west. Bought a year ago by the owners as an investment property, it didn’t require a dazzling makeover in order to maximise the rental potential. It merely needed neatening and modernising. A $30,000 budget may sound generous, but it’s amazing how much labour costs can devour when you’re doing a complete renovation using various trades. In this case it ate up more than half the budget, even with DIY assistance.
First up, we tackled the indoors. The old carpets in the bedrooms were removed and the floorboards throughout were polished up in a high gloss. Muchneeded mirrored built-in robes were installed in all three bedrooms for a total cost of $2200, as well as ceiling fans – it sizzles out west in summer!
The old light fittings were replaced with recessed ceiling lights, and a colour scheme of soothing white punctuated by the taupe tones of Taubmans “Stormy Shadow” breathed new life into the interiors.
EXTENDED SHELF LIFE
The original kitchen had a lot of dead space: one whole wall’s worth to be precise. For less than $1500 in materials, I was able to reconfigure the existing cabinetry and then add
extra Kaboodle cabinets from Bunnings and a $365 benchtop. To solve the problem of blending the old cabinets with the new, I simply painted them all with White Knight laminate paint and added new appliances.
The bathroom was basically fine, but the bold colour scheme on the walls needed to be neutralised with an injection of white. Covering up the ugly floor tiles with waterproof Gerflor adhesive vinyl flooring in “Pecan White” took care of the rest of the bathroom.
AN OUTSIDE CHANCE
Turning to the outdoors, we got rid of all the rubbish, tamed the overgrown garden beds, laid new turf and then painted the exterior. A new concrete driveway and front fence were not cheap, but absolutely pivotal to the newfound kerb appeal. Privacy screens for the front and back porch, painted in crisp white to match all the trims, were the finishing touches to a makeover that netted a hefty $38,000 profit for these happy investors.
Just like new The home’s exterior was revitalised with Taubmans “Thundercloud” paint and contrasting white trim.
The outside of the house was bland and boring with no outstanding features and an unfenced yard.
Plain old The carpet, paint and lighting choices throughout did nothing for the interior.
Up to date
Adding a rug to newly polished floors and painting a feature wall has made a world of difference in the main bedroom. after
Neat and tidy For less than $10,000, Cherie completely overhauled the front and backyards. after
Bang for your buck A new vinyl floor, some white paint to cover up the blue and voila! after
Easy fix Surprisingly, the old bathroom was in pretty good shape. before
Got to go Old fibreglass, fencing and concreting weren’t doing any favours for the backyard aesthetic. before
End of an era The old carpet, ceiling fan and blinds had to go. before