Located in Mooloolaba, in the heart of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, this average suburban home got a serious makeover recently by the team at Black and White Projects, making it fit for sale.
“The home is located minutes from the beach and situated in a quiet cul-de-sac. The house was a long term rental in need of a renovation and we presented it to the market so it was ready to move in,” says Black and White Projects design director Maria Baron who finished the renovation in under six weeks before selling the house.
“We renovated this one for selling. The brief was to renovate what needed updating as the home is a solid brick house with good bones in a good area. We also had to be smart about budget whilst achieving a premium look with quality finishes. We made some bold design choices,” says Maria.
“The reno had to appeal to a broad audience but was clearly designed with a working family in mind. We added a little cubby house out the back for the kids. We love adding little custom touches and small features that the whole family will love. We also made sure the parents had a nice master bedroom, ensuite and walk-in robe to enjoy,” says Maria who reworked the floorplan to allow this.
Other floorplan changes included adding a pantry in what used to be hallway space. “It was such a minimal change but it made a massive difference whist still keeping the bedrooms and laundry private from the main house,” says Maria.
The front of the home still features original brown brick, but it’s an aspect that Maria was focussed on retaining. “Instead of hiding what the house was about we love to embrace features, such as the brick. The right colour palette made the original brick shine,” says Maria who used the paint colour ‘Monument’ in Taubmans Endure for the exterior trims, gutters and roof.
Two highlights of the home are the gorgeous bathrooms, something of a Black and White Projects specialty. “We love doing bathrooms. We saved on cabinetry by getting a good quality off the shelf ‘shell’ before adding custom bench tops and good quality fixtures and fittings. We also like to splurge on tiles we only use the best tilers to ensure an impeccable finish,” says Maria.
Maria’s top reno tips:
– Don’t compromise on your tradies! Final finishes is what can make a house average or exceptional. Really good tradies can make a huge difference to the end product.
– Invest in a project manager, A good project manager should be able to save you lots on everything. They should know who to call in and when. They should also have access to competitive rates with suppliers.
– Assess and rework the floor plan. This is a crucial part of any job and a lot of work goes into it. if you are going to change your plan yourself, ask yourself Is this something that will improve my day to day life living in the house? Does it fit the house/space and is it worth the investment?
Photography: Mister Mistress