South of Newcastle on picturesque Lake Macquarie, live Terri and Paul Renneberg. For the past 13 years the couple have lived in their large dual dwelling property in the town of Wangi Wangi. This house and granny flat combo sits just meters from the water’s edge bordered by lush parks and shared greenways.
Unfortunately the property reflected the era of its build instead of the lake lodge it could be. The main house was a large split-level brick abode with 4 large bedrooms and two kitchens. The interior decor was in a sea faring style with multi-coloured walls. All this gave the feel of a country fish and chip shop more than a lakeside retreat.
The granny flat was also a kaleidoscope of colour. The walls were different colours in every room and the décor had been left to age ungracefully. This property had so much potential as a large family home with holiday accommodation or in-laws quarters.
The large property was becoming too much for Terri and Paul. They wanted to downsize and hit the road but couldn’t do either while they still lived in their oversized, over-coloured lakeside manor.
Shaynna’s first responsibility was to get the colour scheme in line. She gave the property a stylish feel with the use of a modern paint palette throughout both houses. Helping the transition was the addition of new carpet and a simple yet effective use of furniture to arrange the main living area into the heart of the house. The bulky curtains were removed and replaced with Luxaflex Panel Glide blinds, which tidied up the busy living room by adding a flat colour and the illusion of a wall divider. The translucent material allowed a degree of sunlight to filter in but ultimately acted as a barrier from the outdoors as a form of privacy control and also from partially keeping heat in and out.
A new floor was installed to help define a dining area, and new light fittings and new paint were used throughout the upstairs and downstairs to help along transition from erratic to relaxing. In the kitchen, Panel Glide in Soft Dove colour was chosen to pair with the wooden, au naturel furniture and settings. The large block panel look of the blinds helped to not over-clutter the space by reducing the lines visible in the room. A clean and laidback aesthetic was achieved, creating a much more comfortable and welcoming living space.
A new kitchen bench top was installed on a lower surface creating an elegant flow from lounge to kitchen and new doors and fittings made the whole house come together.
The vivid interiors of the granny flat were also entirely painted. With stylish dressing, it now has a modern apartment feel – ready for grannies, in-laws or visitors of any kind.
The loud paint jobs in the bedrooms were stripped, as well as the outdated draping curtains which came in matching colours with the feature walls. The furniture and colours were revamped to give a younger and modern look. The wall paint was the first step, followed by the carpet, and then the window coverings. Luxaflex Wood Essence blinds were fitted to all the bedrooms in the house, improving the amount of natural lighting while also giving more shade control than the existing curtains. Being impervious to moisture, the Wood Essence blinds were perfect for this lakeside setting.
With the surrounding park and shared waterfront area unable to be touched, Charlie knew it was important for the new owners of the house to feel they had a garden which was truly theirs.
After laying new tiles on the downstairs and upstairs balconies, Charlie built two bespoke green walls using vertical garden kits. The greenery on the previously bare walls creates an inspiring space to sit and relax while admiring the water views.
The rotting balcony on the granny flat was replaced with a quality viewing platform and glass balustrading, and the weatherboard around the top half of the building was given a new coat of paint.
The products in this episode were supplied and installed by Luxaflex Window Fashions Gallery dealer AB Window Fashions, Broadmeadow NSW.