This classic colonial brick house is in Adelaide’s tightly-held suburb of Fulham. The house ticked lots of boxes, but somehow went five months on the market without a sale, followed by a failed auction. Owners Paul and Josie were frustrated and exhausted after months of keeping the place tidy for inspections – which was quite a challenge with a two-year-old in the house.
Family members, friends and real estate agents were all bewildered about the lack of a sale. Sure, the house needed some cosmetic improvements in the bathroom, and the kitchen felt pokey and small, but that shouldn’t have been enough to deter buyers in such a sought-after suburb only five minutes from the beach.
Paul and Josie were more than ready to move somewhere bigger to accommodate their growing family, so it was time to engage the help of the SHA team.
With its polished floor boards and period features, the small house had the potential to be a real estate jewel. Shaynna’s major work was to open the small galley window that divided the kitchen and lounge/dining room and make it more of an entertainer’s kitchen. A new stone benchtop, as well as new fittings, cooktop, and flooring completed the delightful new kitchen. Luxaflex® PolySatin® shutters gave the space a modern touch while the horizontal lines lengthened the room. The shutters offered free control of light over the dining table, making it a much more desirable space to use than before the renovation.
In the bathroom, a new stone vanity top and twin sinks enhanced the space. Resprayed tiles, repainted walls and a new shower screen gave the bathroom a fresh and modern feel.
One thing the house always lacked was storage, so new wardrobes were a critical part of the bedroom makeovers. New Luxaflex dual roller blinds with a semi-transparent fabric at the front and blockout fabric at the back were also a stand-out feature of the bedrooms. The blockout fabric (Aria range) was an effective means of obstructing all incoming light, while the translucent Aria Botanics inner blind added the elegance and designer touch to the bedrooms with its sheer silver nature print. The Aria blockout in the kid’s room also meant that parents could sleep easy at night, not being disturbed by their children waking to outside light at night and at sunrise.
The lounge room was dressed with more modern furniture and accessories, new shutters enhanced the windows, and the timeworn fireplace bricks were repainted to become the centrepiece of the room. All the dated colours from the walls, couch, window coverings, door frames and rugs were replaced with clean and contemporary colours, freshening up the space and making it more inviting. It was no longer a shabby and unwelcoming private lounge, but opened its possibilities to become a better family-bonding and entertaining area.
Two large trees stood at the front of the property with canopies so large, it was hard to see the house frontage. Although they provided lots of shade, the trees were actually classified as a weed that could do damage to the environment, so Charlie had them removed. Instantly the front of the house was opened up, showing off the façade and the corner lot location.
A traditional white picket fence was installed, not only to prevent people from traipsing across the front yard, but it gave the whole property a real sense of home and provided security for young children and pets. New planting, a recycled brick path, paint on the trims, and fresh turf finished off the front of the house.
Out the back was a large undercover patio. While it was great for outdoor entertaining, the roof panels created a lot of darkness which prevented plants from growing and light from getting into the kitchen and dining room windows. Installing a few clear roof panels made such a difference to both outside and inside.
The products in this episode were supplied and installed by Luxaflex Window Fashions Gallery dealer Rundle Blinds & Curtains, Kings Park SA.