Where it all started .. the little red brick home.
March 2012 – We moved into our freshly painted, big open spaced, bright home with a pool and a neat yard … Oh wait, that’s what we envisioned !
Reality – the walls were blue ACTUALLY painted blue! I couldn’t believe it either, and it wasn’t just your average blue either, it had a side of white undercoat seeping through, just beautiful!
We had the old school arches through every main area and lots of walls, lots and lots of walls! It separated each room from the other and it created a small general area.
We had 4 different styles of flooring – the stained carpet throughout the loungeroom and bedrooms, the yellow tiles in the kitchen and hallway, the brown cork-board flooring in the extension of the home and then we had the bathroom and toilet tiles, so essentially nothing flowed.
Fast forward to the back yard and we walk into an enclosed outdoor wood deck that had the clothes line and was completely fenced into a square, you walk down a narrow pathway to the pool area that is wrapped with green colourbond fencing and a dark green/black swamped with tadpoles kind of pool.
Now imagine all of this in one neat 3 bedroom home and now imagine what you can do with it! And this is what we fell in love with, do you believe us ?
The potential that we could see with this house was huge, and so was the renovation price tag! So we researched, and we researched and we researched some more and with lots of crazy ideas/budget tactics and putting some actions into place we put a deposit down. WE ARE MOVING IN GUYS!
How crazy cool are before and after photos, they give me all the feels! Because renovations are ball breaking, actually grab hold of you that hard and squeeze you until you fall in a heap on the floor wondering what the hell we signed up for, and then it brings you back to the before and after photos, and that’s why!!
Scroll through some of our dramatic house renovation changes and stay tuned for our budget tips and how we achieved this entire look of the house for under $40,000k.
1 . EXTERIOR – Front of House
Hedging – $200.00
Turf and Soil – $700.00
Retaining Wall – $500.00
Concrete Spray Driveway and Path – $800.00
Deck – $1200.00
Roofing – $2000.00
Render – $1900.00
Our Hot TIPS – If it aint broken, don’t replace it!
We used our existing windows and spray painted them, they came up brand new!
Gardening can cost an arm plus the leg so go with small sizing and low maintenance, they will grow in time and you don’t want to waste your time maintaining and watering plants, ours grow in rock soil, Literally.
You dont always need the bees knees of turf, we went with the middle ranged type that lets off runners and its grown like a champ and keeps its green lush look.
If you find a tradie that is going to charge you a certain $$ then chances are you can do it yourself for half the price & in our case, a hell of a lot more than quarter of the price! We were quoted $11,000 to render the front of the house (but wait for it, we were aloud to pick our own colour with that) ! So we researched products and the hubby got on you tube tutorials and we went at it ourselves. Bunnings stock the goods and we put in the hard work & it came in at $1900. YOU BEAUTY!
Our roofing was in good nick it just didnt look so pretty so instead of replacing it, we spray painted it! Which brings me back to – If it aint broken, dont replace it.
2 . INTERIOR
Kitchen – $6500 Incl. Appliances
Flooring – $7000
Extension – $10,000
Paint – $1200
Plus your bits and bobs for building – screws, glue, gyprock etc.
Our Hot TIPS – Start with a blank canvas and put down what youd ideally like to see in your home, and make it happen! If walls can come out, bring them down. Youll lighten up the home and create a bigger space for your family to enjoy without walls dividing rooms.
Dont be afraid to pick a bold colour, you’ll get compliments on it every time!
We wanted a simple and white bright kitchen so we designed our own through the bunnings website and chose a touch more expensive appliances in black to give it more of a sophisticated look and it came in at 6500. The bones are simple, its what you style it up with that can make all of the difference.
Floors matter, you walk on them everyday they need to be durable and comfortable as well as easy to sweep and mop. We chose a vinyl plank that is somewhat rubber ? New to the market and let me tell you I couldn’t pay enough for this stuff! Super impressed and worth the price tag.
3 . EXTERIOR – Back of House
Paint – $100
Tiles – $250
Roofing – $700
Building Supplies i.e. Boards and Glue – $200
Wood Stain – $25
OUR HOT TIPS – Remember what the space is going to be used for and style according. Ours is under direct sunlight, she gets hot! So having plush furnishings outdoors in the sun will have them faded in 2 seconds flat, we opted for sturdy seating that can be hosed down along with the tiles, the old gerny always works a treat.
You can never have too many plants, right! ?
Make sure you choose wisely, you’ll waste hundreds of $$ upgrading your plants continuesly when they burn in that afternoon sun, so check with your local nursary what the plant needs or Google my friend!
4 . POOL
Fencing – $1000
The area itself is a work in progress – & our 2018 major renovation so Stay Tuned for that one. I have put a photo down below of the pool when we moved in.
Our humble abode is defiantly close to being finished with a new pool area and extra powder room added onto our laundry and we are at the finish line.
Maybe this will be the year we get her complete.