I purchased a 1960’s built home that was structurally sound and in a great location but needed an exterior home makeover. I knew instantly that this property could be transformed back into a great family home but the property was in desperate need of a renovation due to having tenants in the property over many years and it lacked street appeal.
The current bathroom and kitchen had been renovated in the past 20 years and both rooms were fully functional. The first job was to remove all of the carpets exposing cypress pine timber floors which I then had professionally sanded and lacquered. I then painted one colour right throughout the interior to create a comfortable and modern environment before moving onto the exterior work.
The next job on my renovation list was to update the exterior of the property to enhance the street appeal. This was a big project and I started with adding some interest by using sandstone cladding on the rendered wall at the back of the carport and verandah entrance. Because the home is situated in a busy street, a timber screen was added to the front verandah for privacy. The old pine sleepers used around the hedging at the front of the property were replaced with new concrete garden wall blocks in a sandstone colour to blend with the sandstone feature wall.
Next on the list was to cover the full exterior of the property in new weathertex rusticated boards and paint the entire exterior of the property which made a huge improvement. The terracotta roof tiles were all high pressure cleaned and repointed and I had some custom built decorative awnings made to further enhance the street appeal.
To finish off the project, the front verandah was tiled in a non-slip charcoal tile, the front door was replaced and new black front gates were installed. All of the old gardens were ripped out and replaced, apart from the murraya hedging that runs along the front of the property which was retained because it provides such great privacy from the street.
The final touch was the installation of a birth bath and garden seat.
I was able to keep costs to a minimum as there was no major structural work required on the exterior of the property. I am very happy with the end result of this renovation. I now have a home that I enjoy coming home to!
Home Exterior – Before & After
Budget Cost $12,000
- Sandstone cladding $1,400
- Timber privacy screen $200
- Garden retaining blocks $1,600
- Exterior boards inc labour $6,500
- Window awnings $250
- Verandah tiles $1,000
- Front gates $1,500
- Planting & garden decoration $1,350
Actual Cost $13,800
Products & Suppliers
- Sandstone cladding & Verandah Tiles – Amber Tiles, East Maitland
- Retaining garden blocks – Beveridges, Warners Bay
- Exterior Boards – NHS, Lambton
- Gates – Our Town Fencing, Wallsend
- Plants – Heritage Gardens, East Maitland
- Timber (awnings, privacy screen) – Bunnings, Rutherford
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