Renovator Rookie

Last year I completed my first renovation (hooray!). Being my first house, it was done in stages over a few years, but it was a good entry into project management and design. I also got to work with some talented tradies, some of whom I will definitely be calling on again!


A 3 bedroom ensuite brick house with single garage (approx. 145sqm), built in 1989.


The previous owners had done a small extension to the rear of the house which was wasted living space as it could only be accessed from the garage and patio. The flooring in the main living areas was dark brown slate which absorbed a lot of the natural light and the bathrooms were in original condition with blue tiles and matching paint, so the space felt dark and dated.


I reconfigured the floor plan to connect the extension with the original house by adding a doorway off the former dining room, to create a new dining and living room. Two walls between the kitchen/dining/lounge rooms were removed to create a lighter, open plan living space and a small bedroom was converted to a walk-in-robe (one side) and study nook (other side). The original family room was enclosed to become a larger second bedroom and the kitchen and bathrooms were updated. The whole house was given a lick of paint and new flooring (goodbye, brown slate!) throughout.


The renovation was targeted at ‘first home buyers’ so most of the finishes I selected had to be affordable, with a few carefully selected splurge items in the mix!

Favourite Space

The ensuite was pretty compact (1200 x 2500) so I was a bit worried that the wall of hexagon mosaic tiles might be a bit overpowering but the tiler did an amazing job (through gritted teeth!) and it turned out beautifully. The combination of the stone and timber materials made a huge difference to what was previously a drab and ‘cold’ feeling room.


Recycled blackbutt vanity and desk top from Thor’s Hammer

‘Calibre’ tapware in rose gold from Sussex Taps



Master bedroom
Master Bedroom
Ensuite after
Study Nook
Main Bathroom

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