DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH | EP. 7

WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO HERE?

QUICK OVERVIEW

Job Type: Another big renovation job. Possibility to go upstairs - definitely keep shell of house, but gut it from the first bedroom down. Big job. 

Purchase Price: $2mil

Reno Budget: $1 mil +

DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH | EP. 6

WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO HERE?

QUICK OVERVIEW

Job Type: Mainly internal renovation/update; re-configuration of rooms to create a more seamless layout

Purchase Price: $2.6mil - 2.8mil

Reno Budget: $500,000 - $1 mil (depending on finishes)

This property has really great bones - and is not our usual "diamond" suspect, where it's pretty much a solid knock down, only keeping the front facade! However, this beautiful family home does need a contemporary update to pull it into 2018 and beyond! 

There are a few issues with the general layout, the first thing being that the master bedroom doesn't have a WIR or ensuite. There's also a formal dining and living area which are not generally used as much in today's lifestyle, so we believe there's a few better uses of the space. The kitchen & bathrooms definitely need an update! Otherwise a lot of this renovation is cosmetic and easy to do!

We also really like to keep period features in tact as much as possible - this home has seriously divine marble fireplaces which are a MUST to keep! Ceiling roses, floorboards and archways are also things we think necessary to keep!

DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH | EP. 5

MOODBOARDS | COLOUR SCHEMES | FLOOR PLANS

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As you can see, we've extended the house and created a more seamless layout internally. As always, there's potential to go upstairs to add more bedrooms. 

However, this layout works well with the land size and being able to capture and exterior outlook whilst in the kitchen/living/dining. 

DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH | EP. 5

WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO HERE?

QUICK OVERVIEW

Job Type: Save facade for streetscape, knock down from facade to backyard. 

Purchase Price: $2.2 mil approx.

Reno Budget: $1 mil +

Wow. That's the first thing we both said to each other when we walked through the door. The agent was kind enough to give us a history of the property - and if you can imagine, an older lady lived in this property up until December 2017. *mind blown*

There are some really great features - the period arches, the ceiling roses and of course the tall ceilings. However, going through the property, there is A LOT of saving to do.... we walked through to the bathroom through the living and kitchen area. Shocked is an understatement. The whole house has come away from the floor. Yep, you'll be able to see in the pics above, that the actual wall has separated from the floor. Scary stuff - and we don't just mean to the hip pocket. 

However, the block is huge and has rear access. Garage and potential studio could be part of the plans for the back - pending planning permits. It would be easy to go upstairs as there are a lot of properties around that have second floors. However, the facade is a mixture of victorian, cross with a 60s Italianate with a few random bits thrown in. So, we can't be sure what council will allow in terms of changing the streetscape - considering it has already been altered. 

We have been told though, that the property currently under construction up a few doors (which was sold in a similar condition to this home) that he has completely knocked down the home and is re-building - BUT he is re-building a brand new Victorian facade to match the streetscape. This is how he got around the council planning, as the home really couldn't be saved. We think this is a great compromise and something that the purchaser of this diamond should consider.

Find out what style, colour scheme and floor plan layout we come up with next week! 

 

DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH | EP. 4

MOODBOARDS | COLOUR SCHEMES | FLOOR PLANS

Today we explore a colour scheme and floor plan for this gem! Being a new build, we have kept within the envelope of the site but been able to play with an upstairs. Take a squizz!

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 This mood board was created using Style Sourcebook.

This mood board was created using Style Sourcebook.

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Stay tuned for our proposed room reveal and final episode of South Yarra next week!

DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH | EP. 4

WHAT DO WE NEED TO HERE?

QUICK OVERVIEW

Job Type: Knock down & re-build | 200SQM site

Purchase Price: $1.2 mil approx.

Reno Budget: $1 mil

After going through this property, unfortunately it just isn't worth saving. 

The floors were slanted (completely on a lean!) and the cracks throughout the home in all the walls would be too hard to repair. In terms of a renovation, to retain this property would mean spending a BUCKET on re-stabilising the entire place from the ground up. In our opinion - not worth it.

A better idea would be to salvage the look & feel of how you imagine it to be - eg. cute white weatherboard, double storey extension on the back, large & light filled living/dining/kitchen plus courtyard with room to entertain.

So let's build a new home!

DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH | EP. 4

SOUTH YARRA PROPERTY

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 Photographs & Floor Plan via Jellis Craig Website. Please note: this property has now been SOLD.

Photographs & Floor Plan via Jellis Craig Website. Please note: this property has now been SOLD.

WOW... this place is on a total lean, is scary to walk through (if you suffer from vertigo - it's a definite NO GO ZONE for you) & as always, there's lots for us to discuss.

Let's see what we can come up with for next week..

DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH | EP. 3

MOODBOARDS | COLOUR SCHEMES | FLOOR PLANS

NEXT up is the part we love... actually getting to think about, dream about & visualise a new space. Our design brains go a little cray cray and we think about all of the aspects of what this house needs to provide - but also to ensure it looks great! Much harder than you think! Some of the mundane, but necessary parts of a house are not very exciting to dream up and think about...however this is what we've come up with (don't forget to scroll down to watch us in action!):

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 This mood board was created using  Style Sourcebook

This mood board was created using Style Sourcebook

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DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH | EP. 3

WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO HERE?

QUICK OVERVIEW

Job Type: This is a very old home in the heart of Richmond that hasn't been touched since the early 50s (we're guessing). It has a heritage overlay & needs a lot of love. The back extension & "storage" all need to be completely knocked down and restoration of original home & features is a MUST. Potential to get creative and put two townhouses on the block pending council approval. 

Purchase Price: $1.5mil - $1.65mil

Reno Budget: $750,000

As you saw from last week's post, this is a great diamond in the rough. It's really important to note first up that there is a heritage overlay (which we think is a good thing) so the original building and facade will have to be retained and restored. 

Secondly, after going through - the back extension...if we'd call it that, has to be completely demolished **hello sloping floors - and roof!!! so that's an incurred cost. Each time something has be torn down, but the original shared wall needs to be preserved its $$$ dollars out of your budget!!! 

Thirdly, this site is fantastic at 470sqm & has rear access. This allows for any building vehicles to come from the back and front. This is always helps during the building process to keep neighbours and council happy. 

FEATURES TO KEEP:

  • Original Fireplaces
  • Ceiling Rose's
  • Ceiling height
  • Front of house room layout (within reason)
  • Check timber flooring underneath carpet - potential to sand back and keep!

We love an original fireplace - and ceiling rose. They are a great feature that are expensive to do today, along with the great, tall ceilings. However, the gorgeous floral carpet can GO, including the wallpaper... (yuck)!!!! 

A modern back extension is a tried and tested approach to these older homes, and E & H Design LOVE it. The beautiful narrative between old & new can really make these homes go from good to amazing. It's all about the FEELS....

Don't forget to check back in next week as we go through the design process & show you our floor plan, mood boards & colour schemes.

DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH | EP. 3

RICHMOND PROPERTY

Our newest Diamond in the Rough is in Richmond & we've got LOTS to discuss with this one. Take a squizz... 

 

These are the real estate pics which illustrate everything we've discussed in our intro vid. The block of land is huge, with great potential and rear car access. What isn't great, is the state of the current house. As the property does have a heritage overlay, the existing "main" or "original" home will need to be rescued - which can be costly. However, there is an obvious line where new/old begin and their addition can definitely be ripped off and started over. 

Stay tuned for next week!