Homeowners Phil and Jennifer Caro have a very small house on a very large block in the Brisbane suburb of Stafford. Purchased just before they got married, the two-bedroom house suited them perfectly during the early years, but now with two young sons, this family of four has outgrown it.
Finding their dream home not too far away prompted them to put their house up for sale just before Christmas, however the market was unusually quiet and it failed to sell. Phil and Jen were amazed they didn’t have more interest despite the large backyard with its steep slope – especially considering the house is in a desirable area only 20 minutes’ drive from both the Brisbane CBD and airport.
This house was too small for the majority of buyers in the area, but without the time and budget to add an extension or second storey, Shaynna used a few tricks to create a sense of space instead. New cool paint colours covered the wear and tear and added a light and airy feel. The old sliding doors in the living, dining and bedrooms felt like barricades, so new French doors created better flow from room to room.
Luxaflex Beach® Roman Shades were a new addition throughout the house, installed against the French doors leading to the back patio, kitchen window, and bedrooms. The Roman Shades were chosen by Shaynna in locations which required the most privacy, such as in the lounge which lead out to the garden and the bedrooms which faced the street. The inherent design of the blinds matched well with the traditional style of the house, but was modernised with the fabric selection. A clean Froth white was chosen across the house, in either room darkening/blockout or translucent opacities depending on the needs of each room.
The beauty of Roman Shades is their ability to adjust light in any room while being simple, functional and attractive. They can be lifted above the window so natural light isn’t compromised, but are also neat when raised, acting as a pelmet to complete the look of the window or door. Existing external shutters were already in good shape so were cleaned and retained. The Roman Shades on the interior and shutters on the exterior made a great aesthetic and functional combination, each holding their individual purpose whilst melding together to produce a cohesive, clean look at the window.
A tidy-up in the sunroom plus more practical furniture added extra usable space, and lighter, more slim-line furniture in the living and dining rooms added to the brighter, more spacious feel.
The kitchen, bathroom and laundry were already in great condition, so that left plenty of budget for Charlie’s work outside.
Small changes out the front like reducing and tidying the plants, removing the security grills, and adding new steps made a big difference to the street presence. But Charlie’s big job was around the back.
The concrete slab patio lacked character, so a fresh light paint colour, contrasting dark tiles, and new outdoor settings created a more dramatic entertaining area which feels more like an extension of the house. Charlie created a second, more private courtyard by cutting into the slope of the garden and levelling out the area for a table and chairs, while keeping much of the surrounding planting to retain a garden oasis feel. Large timber trough pots for screening plants filtered the views into the adjoining property. Finally, new steps made out of treated pine sleepers and decomposed granite created easier access to the kids’ play terrace.
The Caro Family loved their new and improved family home, with Jennifer noting it felt as though it had doubled in size, as a result of the team making much more effective use of the existing space.
After the first open house, Phil and Jennifer received an offer and the property soon sold for $610,000. The sale allowed the family to relocate to a new four-bedroom property for only $128,000 more than the price for which the two-bedder sold.
The products in this episode were proudly supplied and installed by Luxaflex Window Fashions Gallery dealer CBD Blinds, Fortitude Valley QLD.