Cobbitty is about an hour from the Sydney CBD, but the picturesque village feels like it could be hours away from any major city. The village is just over 100 years old, and the house is nearly the same age – and has the scars to prove it.
The house once stood alone overlooking the rolling hills of the Macathur region. But over time the surroundings closed in on the country home until eventually the neighbours built a house five meters from the front door.
Dilapidated was the best way to describe the property. A rotting veranda wrapped around the house, and the interior had equally serious deterioration.
Out the front of the house was completely overgrown, and a large carport obscured any glimpse of the house from the driveway, which made it difficult for visitors to find their way to the front door.
With a small budget and big challenges, Shaynna and Charlie had their work cut out for them.
Shaynna had to bring the skeleton of a bathroom up to a comfortable living standard. It desperately needed new flooring, but the critical step of waterproofing would be costly and time consuming, so a temporary solution was to install polypropylene plastic tiles.
The rundown kitchen with its Alice In Wonderland style flooring was stripped back and a new wooden bench top, sink, tap and flooring restored the country feel.
New paint and roller blinds throughout the house helped lift and modernise the interiors, and dressing the rooms in a French Provincial style added additional character and charm.
To work cohesively with the fresh coat of paint and the interior décor items Shaynna picked out, the roller blind fabric in the Natural colour was selected. The light sand tone matched with the bedding and throws in the bedrooms and also the seating in the lounge, but also accentuated the touches of colour the Redwood flooring brought about.
With so much space and a limited budget, Charlie focused on creating an appealing entrance. The rotting veranda was removed and a new one reconstructed using Cyprus pine to prevent further white ant and termite damage. Charlie injected some much-needed character with a fresh new exterior paint colour and bright red front door. The large carport was brought down and the area was turfed. A distinct pathway to the front door was created with Nepean river pebbles and the garden beds were tidied up.
Finally the large hedge on the property was trimmed to not only tame the overgrowth, but to allow more natural light inside the house.
The products in this episode were supplied and installed by Luxaflex Window Fashions Gallery dealer Apex Blinds & Awnings, Narellan NSW.