Renovating a Dated Rostrevor Home to Make it Market Ready

The Client's Story

This house was undoubtedly a product of its time, and the client understood the need for it to be entirely modernised if it was going to have appeal to the today’s buyers and be able to fetch the sort of price they wanted. In order to do so, they were prepared to make a significant investment in the home renovation process.

Little or no work had been done on the property since it was constructed in the late 1960s or 1970s. It felt very enclosed, with separate kitchen and living room spaces, while the decor, consisting of green carpets, orange tiles in the bathroom, etc., was undoubtedly a product of its time. Therefore, we were tasked with undertaking comprehensive renovations, from opening up the floor plan to replacing all of the fixtures and fittings, with the aim of creating a contemporary style home that would meet the expectations of buyers in Adelaide in 2020.


The scale of this project and the extent of the work required meant that we needed to resolve a number of significant issues in the completion of this Adelaide home renovation. One of these was the removal of a structural wall in order to open up the kitchen and lounge areas and convert them into a single, open plan space. This required us bringing in a crane truck in order to lift a steel beam from the front of the house in through the roof.

Another of the issues that we needed to resolve was the reconfiguring of the bathroom, turning a separate bathroom and toilet into a combined into a larger open-plan bathroom to incorporate the toilet. Some structural walls were removed and replaced with a new supporting roof structure with LVL load bearing beams.

Creating an ensuite as part of the bathroom renovations required innovative solutions. An existing bedroom was divided into two, with half converted into the ensuite bathroom for the master bedroom, and the other half turned into a smaller bedroom/study. This required new plumbing and a new concrete substrate, as well as the creation of an opening from the master bedroom into the new bathroom.

Key Features

  • V-groove paneling in the hallway, joinery and fireplace
  • Gas log fireplace
  • Tall doorways in the hallway, with skirting boards that flow with the same lines
  • Contemporary style tiles, sanitary ware, electrical appliances and fixtures
  • Beautiful, polished concrete floor in the main living area
  • Elongated window in the kitchen, with integrated shelving; and
  • Impressive sliding doors that join the living room to the alfresco dining space


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