We couldn’t change the floorpan, so I had to enhance the original beauty of the property, creating a retro feel with a modern twist that we knew was popular with buyers in Waratah.
I created the retro look with original art, furniture and wallpaper choices, using print and colour to achieve what we couldn’t do architecturally. And, while aspects of the property were tired and dated, there were still some amazing period features, like the original ceiling roses and cornices, for me to hero.
The wallpaper was peel-able, and I got it custom printed (which you can do too – check out the supplier list on the Selling Houses Australia website for details of all the products used in this renovation) which meant I was able to take one pattern, and print it at different scales, enlarged it in the dining area and minimising it in the kitchen splash back. This created a visual connection between spaces.
We all want our kids to have plenty of toys, but when you’re trying to sell that’s not the focus. It was a big ask, but the Logans’ four kids were champions and culled their toys to three each, allowing us to put the rest in storage. They were the most beautiful kids, and so proud of themselves!
We relocated the master bedroom so it had the architectural details and the view. The queen-sized bed and built-in robes made it feel spacious, and the bold colour of the carpet at floor level created a base from which to build a more restrained colour palette at eye level, allowing the room to retain its personality, without overwhelming the space.
We didn’t have the budget to touch the bathroom, but the house still sold before auction! Just goes to prove, if you have to compromise on a renovation, pick the room – in this case the kitchen which connected spaces and gave the home a heart – that will make the biggest impression on buyers.
For details on suppliers for our Waratah makeover, head to the Selling Houses Australia website.
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598-600, Burwood Road
Hawthorn East, VIC AUSTRALIA 3123