Renovating a Dated Rostrevor Home to Make it Ready for the Market

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Renovating a Dated Rostrevor Home to Make it Ready for the Market
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Renovating a Dated Rostrevor Home to Make it Ready for the Market
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Renovating a Dated Rostrevor Home to Make it Ready for the Market
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Renovating a Dated Rostrevor Home to Make it Ready for the Market
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Renovating a Dated Rostrevor Home to Make it Ready for the Market
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Renovating a Dated Rostrevor Home to Make it Ready for the Market
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Renovating a Dated Rostrevor Home to Make it Ready for the Market
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Renovating a Dated Rostrevor Home to Make it Ready for the Market
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Renovating a Dated Rostrevor Home to Make it Ready for the Market
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Renovating a Dated Rostrevor Home to Make it Ready for the Market
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Renovating a Dated Rostrevor Home to Make it Ready for the Market
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Renovating a Dated Rostrevor Home to Make it Ready for the Market
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Renovating a Dated Rostrevor Home to Make it Ready for the Market
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Renovating a Dated Rostrevor Home to Make it Ready for the Market
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Renovating a Dated Rostrevor Home to Make it Ready for the Market

Our Adelaide home renovation team trans-formed a tired 1960s house into a modern fami-ly home

It’s fascinating to see how a property that was built relatively recently, in the 1960s or 1970 for instance, can show its age so quickly and so dramatically. This was certainly the case with a house at Rostrevor, in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs, where we recently undertook some extensive home renovations in order to bring it up to today’s standards ahead of it being put on the market.

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What did the client want?

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.

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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.

What was the original house like?

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.

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What were the client’s “must haves”?

The clients had decided that a total modernisation of the entire property was required. Essentially, they wanted us to re-do everything. However, there were some specific features that they knew needed to be included to bring the property up to scratch.

One of these was an en-suite bathroom off the master bedroom, so we converted an exisiting bedroom into an en-suite plus a study, resulting in a better, more saleable use of the space. Another feature the client felt was necessary was the creation of a single, open-plan bathroom as opposed to the exisiting separate toilet and bathroom spaces.

The client also felt that the existing property had limited street appeal, and so we undertook a variety of renovations on the exterior, including new rendering, a new concrete driveway, installing a picket fence, and painting the roof.

Key features of the home renovation process

In terms of furniture and fittings, there was no single iconic, statement piece — rather, it was a case of everything being replaced in order to create a new, coordinated and contemporary style that is sophisticated and uncluttered, while nevertheless providing a warm and welcoming living environment.

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Perhaps the area where the most significant stand out features were introduced was the bathroom renovations. The changes here included floor-to-ceiling matte white tiles above the vanity (in place of the classic 70s orange), plus an eye-catching new feature wall in the enlarged open shower alcove, where we had installed a fixed pane shower screen. We also installed a stylish freestanding bath in place of the somewhat dated tub that was there previously.

What was significant about this renovation project?

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. This was a major undertaking, requiring a number of people on site to successfully guide the heavy, six-metre beam into place via the roof, and which wasn’t helped by the fact that the property is surrounded by trees.

Another of the issues that we needed to resolve as part of the home renovation process was the reconfiguring of the bathroom. There was previously a separate bathroom and toilet, and the client wanted these to be combined into a larger open-plan bathroom that incorporated the toilet. This required us to take down some structural walls and then support the roof structure with LVL load bearing beams.

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Creating an en-suite as part of the bathroom renovations required some innovative solutions as well. An existing bedroom was divided into two, with half of it being converted into the en-suite bathroom for the master bedroom, and the other half being turned into a smaller bedroom/study. This meant that we had to install plumbing to this new bathroom from scratch, requiring us to plumb in from the water going down the side of the house, and create new pipe work to run to the en-suite. It also required the pouring of a new concrete substrate, as well as the creation of an opening from the master bedroom into the new bathroom. This meant we had to cut down the existing brick wall and structurally support it, then plaster it up and finish it so that it looked like it had been there all along.

Essentially, this was more than a bathroom renovation — we created an entire wet area from what had previously been a bedroom, which was quite a feat.

What makes this such a successful Adelaide home renova-tion?

What made this such a successful and significant home renovation process is that we were able to modernise the entire property. It is now a contemporary, open-plan home ideally suited to family living, and the bathroom renovations in particular have made it a much more appealing prospect for a buyer in today’s market.

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