Don’t Relocate: Just Renovate

Whoever introduced the phrase: “a picture’s worth a thousand words” must have really wanted to say “you’ve got to see it to believe it”. Interior designer and consultant Jacqueline Van Zyl of Mystique Interior Design has just finished a $65,000 renovation on a three-bedroom townhouse in Taren Point. The owners were amazed at not only how much they saved – the next best quote they received was $100,000!- but feel they have gained a brand-new home with a real estate value that has soared. “I’m finding more and more people who’re opting for renovations rather than relocating,” Ms Van Zyl said. “It’s probably a sign of the economic climate.”

Most renovations include kitchen renovations and bathroom renovations, repainting, creating an open-plan living area at the back of the house and often knocking down part of walls to install bigger windows or glass doors. Ms Van Zyl said her main challenge with the Taren Point house was to keep the Federation look on the outside to comply with the body corporate while modernising its interior.

Kitchen Renovation in Sydney

Kitchen Renovation

Here’s how the magic came together:

• New latte coloured floor tiles which complemented the light beige walls flow from lounge to dining to kitchen and an adjoining laundry;

• The tiles joined up with the staircase with a lotto textured carpet;

• All window frames and staircase were painted in an off white;

• The kitchen got a totally new look with beige high gloss paint, stainless-steel appliances (including a no-lid sink) and there was CaesarStone for all becnhtops and breakfast bar dropside, dark latte glass splashback, undercover downlights;

• Daring bathroom makeover using four different tiles – latte on floor, large semi-gloss marble look-a-like on the first bottom row on walls, chocolate-coloured mosaic border tiles, large flat off-white plain tiles to the ceiling. Frameless clear glass shower screens, poly vanities and self-closing toilet seats;

• Old roses on ceilings throughout the townhouse were replaced with downlights;

• Storage area under the stairs was converted into a bar complete with wine fridge;

• Turning the old fireplace into a striking and functional gas unit;

• Block-out roller blinds on all windows.

Ms Van Zyl said that her major obstacle was not knowing what she would find out when tradesmen slatted to rip out the tiles and walls. “These are the sorts of problems which can incur delays and sometimes extra costs,” she said.

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