TV comes to res­cue of ren­o­va­tion dis­as­ter

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Liftout -

WOULD you pay $850,000 for a house with a kitchen with no work­ing stove and oven and that looks like this?

Perth buy­ers said a firm “no” dur­ing the 90 days the Vic­to­ria Park home was on the mar­ket ini­tially.

The rest of the prop­erty pre­sented beau­ti­fully, with its street pres­ence pos­si­bly one of the nicer ones in the area and a stun­ning front half of the home fea­tur­ing stylish be­d­rooms and a wel­com­ing liv­ing and din­ing area rem­i­nis­cent of lux­ury ho­tel rooms.

But then it all came to a grind­ing halt when buy­ers dis­cov­ered a largely orig­i­nal kitchen with a bro­ken cooker, as well as a com­pletely gut­ted bath­room that had not much more than new plas­ter­board and a layer of waterproofing. Be­yond that was a set of un­sta­ble stairs that led down to an in­com­plete back­yard and the con­tro­ver­sial and mind-bog­gling ad­di­tion of a pool.

Cou­ple Ryan Ste­wart and Frances Az­zopardi own the char­ac­ter res­i­dence and had a fairly im­pres­sive track record, with four houses ren­o­vated and sold be­fore their 25th birth­days.

They pur­chased this run­down Vic­to­rian cot­tage on a 506sq m block in 2013 and re­warded them­selves with a boat, liv­ing out the Aussie dream.

But buy­ing dur­ing the boom and over­in­vest­ing in the ren­o­va­tions had left them with an un­fin­ished money pit on their hands.

They even sold the cher­ished boat to fund the re­vamp.

“I think bad bud­get­ing is an un­der­state­ment,” Mr Ste­wart said of how the cou­ple ended up in their predica­ment.

“It was ter­ri­ble bud­get­ing and we planned on do­ing a big ex­ten­sion, ex­pand­ing the house to a four-bed­room, two-bath­room house but un­for­tu­nately, with the change of the econ­omy and the mar­ket drop­ping, we just wouldn’t have got a re­turn spend­ing $300,000 on the house, so we just left it.”

En­ter the team from Foxtel’s Sell­ing Houses Aus­tralia to the res­cue, who took the home from drab to fab in just three days.

The project was not the hard­est faced by the Sell­ing Houses Aus­tralia team, which con­sists of in­te­rior de­signer Shaynna Blaze, land­scape de­signer Char­lie Al­bone and prop­erty vet­eran An­drew Win­ter, but it re­quired some thought­ful plan­ning to bring the un­fin­ished home up to scratch.

“What they did in the time pe­riod they had was noth­ing I could have ever done, es­pe­cially in the space they had to work with,” Mr Ste­wart said.

“It was quite im­pres­sive.” Now that the home has a new lease on life, Mr Ste­wart is “ex­tremely con­fi­dent” the prop­erty will sell.

“In the area there are no full­sized blocks, there are no fully ren­o­vated houses and it’s also unique in that it’s small al­though that does limit the buy­ers,” he said. “But it’s got a full-size yard and in Vic Park any­thing with more than 300sq m is a big block, so it’s quite a unique par­cel of land for its lo­ca­tion.

“So we are ex­tremely con­fi­dent that when the mar­ket does pick up and hav­ing the right agent and right mar­ket­ing, that it will sell.”

To see the home’s trans­for­ma­tion, watch Sell­ing Houses Aus­tralia on the Life­style chan­nel on April 18 at 6.30pm. ■

The kitchen be­fore the re­vamp.

Own­ers Frances Az­zopardi and Ryan Ste­wart help with the home’s trans­for­ma­tion.

The pre­vi­ously ren­o­vated ar­eas re­quired only small tweaks by in­te­rior de­signer Shaynna Blaze.

The con­tro­ver­sial pool and the in­com­plete back­yard.

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