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AUSTRALIA: MID CENTURY RANCH HOUSE FROM 1950

This house was the classic example of the worst house on a wonderful street filled with charming houses and established trees. It was cold and damp, crumbling and unloved. Here is the transformation — all done by Mark.

First — the finished result which sold and settled in less than 6 weeks from the time that it was listed.

Exterior of Mid Century ranch house.

Exterior of Mid Century ranch house.

Bespoke timber-slatted screen entry porch on Mid Century ranch house.

Bespoke timber-slatted screen entry porch on Mid Century ranch house.

Entry stairs up to bespoke timber-slatted screen porch on front of Mid Century ranch house.

Entry stairs up to bespoke timber-slatted screen porch on front of Mid Century ranch house.

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Through kitchen to back entry.

Through kitchen to back entry.

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Wardrobe

And just a few more!

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BathroomRightSide

ToiletRoom

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The timber-slatted screen porch gives privacy from the street-view and the neighbours -- a perfect place for sitting outside with a cup of tea or a glass of wine!

The timber-slatted screen porch gives privacy from the street-view and the neighbours — a perfect place for sitting outside with a cup of tea or a glass of wine!


NOW — let’s go BACK IN TIME to the initial condition along with some renovation shots.

Pre-Reno front exterior.

Pre-Reno front exterior.

Pre-reno front porch

Pre-reno front porch

Crumbling and dated kitchen.

Crumbling and dated kitchen.

Faded and gloomy old lounge room.

Faded and gloomy old lounge room.

Ugly old master bedroom with stinky carpets.

Ugly old master bedroom with stinky carpets.

The house had been built in 1950. But it was incredibly unloved and inefficient energy-wise. There was NO INSULATION in the walls or the ceilings and the old aluminium windows were single glazed.

Mark immediately gutted every single external and internal wall, put thick batts into the walls and the ceilings, and then he installed beautiful timber double-glazed windows throughout. Every room then received new plasterboard walls, plaster trims, updated light fixtures, beautiful new floors, and charming built in items.

By year two, the electricity and gas bills for the house were LESS than half of what they had been during the first year. The house was now toasty-warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Here’s how that came about.

Gutting the kitchen before the total rebuild.

Gutting the kitchen before the total rebuild.

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Walls gutted of old and thin 1950 plasterboard.

Walls gutted of old and thin 1950 plasterboard.

Livingroom (lounge room) walls filled with thick batts of insulation & new timber double-glazed windows.

Livingroom (lounge room) walls filled with thick batts of insulation & new timber double-glazed windows.

Mark installing ceramic tile floor in the back hallway and adjoining laundry room.

Mark installing ceramic tile floor in the back hallway and adjoining laundry room.

New plasterboard and plaster mouldings being installed.

New plasterboard and plaster mouldings being installed.

Installing new timber floors.

Installing new timber floors.

Framing up the front screen porch and putting on the roof.

Framing up the front screen porch and putting on the roof.

Deck being installed prior to walls going up on timber-slatted screen porch.

Deck being installed prior to walls going up on timber-slatted screen porch.

Slats going up for the front screen porch.

Slats going up for the front screen porch.

Mark taking a much deserved breather inside the lovely timber-slatted screen entry porch.

Mark taking a much deserved breather inside the lovely timber-slatted screen entry porch.

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