Located on the banks of the Derwent River, New Norfolk is a picturesque village about 45 minutes from Hobart, Tasmania.
In 2010, homeowners Ben and Claire moved to Victoria to be closer to family so they rented out the New Norfolk house. They decided to try to sell it in 2011 in order to buy a larger family home in Victoria… but no such luck. The house has since languished on the market and they could no longer continue to maintain two homes in two different states.
The exterior of the 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom house was a ramshackle with a rotten pergola, rusted lattice, and rundown courtyard. And the dated interiors had also fallen into disrepair.
Almost six years on, with two mortgages and two more children, Ben is forced to work weekends and often 18 days straight to make ends meet. The SHA makeover could be the lifeline they need to sell the house and shake off their growing debt.
The house has a beautiful outlook, strong bones and unique features. But with a limited budget, Shaynna could only make minor adjustments. Fortunately the kitchen was in quite good condition so a lick of new paint was all it really needed.
The living/dining room had existing archways, so laser cut screens were installed to give the area more definition and character. The bench seat and window seats were re-upholstered, and the built-in bookshelves were freshened up with new paint and wallpaper.
The unique bedroom walls were painted over to give them a fresh, clean look that would appeal to any buyer. New Luxaflex Roller Blinds and carpet completed the bedroom makeovers. The Champagne colour was chosen for the roller blinds to match the wallpaper and work with the carpet, with the texture of the fabric adding a point of interest for all the rooms. With the large tall windows spanning almost the entire two sides of bedroom one and two, the Blockout fabric material of the blinds was essential in keeping out the harsh light streaming in from the backyard.
Bedroom three had the perfect view, overlooking the valley and the mountains in the distance. However, the lack of neighbouring buildings, trees or fences meant nothing stood in the way of the sun which pierced directly at the bed, a horror for days you want to sleep in. The Blockout blinds were the solution, cutting out all the rough incoming light. Styling the house with hire furniture and accessories was imperative so it’s not marketed as an empty, lifeless investment property.
Financial restrictions were also a driving factor for Charlie, so he focused his attention on the front and side of the property. The façade desperately needed a facelift and Charlie went about it by repainting the house, replacing the rotting pergola and removing the rusted latticework and yellow window. The front garden also got a good tidy up and new turf.
The courtyard to the side of the property was revived with the exterior house paint, a new outdoor setting and pot plants, and by removing the lattice and gate. And finally the sandbox was filled with new, clean play sand, ready for a family with young children.
The products in this episode were supplied and installed by Luxaflex Window Fashions Gallery dealer Fabrique Window Fashions, Moonah TAS.