Week 12’s house was in the Sydney suburb of Casula, near Liverpool. Homeowners Jeff and Janelle had lived in their two-story hillside home for the past 14 years and raised their two children there. Despite the large house and land size, Jeff and Janelle had not had any reasonable offers. For a start, the steep driveway and overgrown front garden were unwelcoming, and the house was a very dated 1970s blonde brick construction. But the deterrents didn’t stop there…
At the back of the house, a single step from the sunroom put you into the shallow end of the pool! The pool fence was not compliant, and the rest of the backyard was either overgrown or wasted space.
Stepping inside was like stepping into the 1970’s. Browns and greens dominated the interiors, complete with wood panelling in the sunroom. The bathrooms were in various states of disrepair, and the front balcony looked like it had weathered its fair share of storms.
Jeff and Janelle were ready to move on from their family home, but with the house not gaining any attention after 14 months on the market, the couple knew that drastic measures had to be taken.
Shaynna knew the house needed a fresh, modern approach, so she began by stripping it back – starting with the wood panelling in the sunroom. The sunroom went from feeling like a dark and stuffy Scandinavian sauna, to a relaxed multipurpose room, perfect for dining or watching the action in the new backyard.
The lounge and dining areas were freshened up with paint, Luxaflex Silhouette Shadings installed on the windows, and dressed using more modern furniture. The new window coverings in Tahari range’s ‘Deck Chair’ colour was the perfect solution to lighten and modernise the dark rooms and give the home some personality. Silhouette Shadings combine the unique features of curtains, shades and blinds into one window covering, exuding elegance and providing ultimate functionality.
The shadings feature fabric S-shaped vanes suspended horizontally between two sheer fabric facings, which can be opened for a full, soft focus view, closed for privacy, or tilted for light control. Designed to offer a dual effect, the front facing is a fine weave sheer and the back facing is a more open weave, which provides the best view-through effect, perfect for enjoying the new exteriors and landscapes Charlie has created, all from the comfort of the updated lounge.
The bedrooms were updated with fresh paint and roller blinds, and the carpet was removed to show brilliant floorboards which had been hidden underneath. In the master bedroom, exquisite Silhouette Shadings were also installed, matching the luxurious feel of the living room. Room darkening fabric was chosen rather than the Translucent opacity in the living room, to aid in blocking out the sun in the mornings and afternoons. The Silhouette Shadings worked well with the modern styling of the home, and daylight efficiency was maximised by diffusing and dispersing sunlight throughout the dark bedrooms in the home. Luxaflex dual Roller Blinds with EDGE technology were installed in the other bedrooms, with both Blockout and Sunscreen opacities. This provided ultimate sun control, allowing control of heat, glare, light, and filters UV, while maintaining a viewthrough to the outside.
The bathroom’s wood panels were painted and the bathtub and wall tiles were resurfaced to give the room a fresh look. This helped keep to a stricter budget, given the ensuite renovations were much more extensive. The ensuite vanity top was replaced along with new sinks, tapware and mirrored cabinets, and a new tiled wet area was created with shower and toilet.
Another modern update for the house was adding a home automation system. Lights, appliances and home security can now be controlled by an app from anywhere in the world.
The kitchen also felt dark due to the slate flooring and timber cabinetry, so by painting the cabinets and changing the handles and splashback, the kitchen became a lighter and more vibrant hub of the home.
Charlie had a long to-do list at this house. The front overgrown area was cleared and turfed and the house was rendered with an acrylic modified cement-based render. The balcony was transformed with glass balustrading and new pavement paint. All this combined to give the house some much-needed street appeal.
Out the back, the pool fence was brought up to safety standards by removing several trees, and the yard was given a total makeover. Charlie created two different zones separated by a retaining wall. A large area was laid with new turf for children to play, and a paved entertaining area now sits at the bottom of the gentle slope, making it a much more functional and family-friendly garden.
The products in this episode were supplied and installed by Luxaflex Window Fashions Gallery dealer Park Shutters & Blinds, Five Dock NSW.