A couple with a knack for completing home improvement projects renovated their small single-family home for just $ 5,000.
Last year Chrissie and Gary Hughes bought an early 1980s house with a large yard, double garage, and pool to upgrade.
“My husband and I previously lived in Ocean Shores and since the cost of accommodation at Byron Shire was high, we decided to look elsewhere to buy a home,” Chrissie told FEMAIL.
They moved to Wollongbar, 34 miles south of Ocean Shores in northern New South Wales.
“We moved in April 2020 and with the country locked, we had plenty of time to get started.”
The couple are the perfect renovation team as Chrissie, 46, has a creative flair, while Gary, 49, works as an electrician.
The impressive $ 5,000 budget was made possible because the couple completed the renovations – including painting, flooring, installing new cabinets, and tiles – themselves.
Chrissie and Gary Hughes bought a house with a large yard, double garage and pool in the early 1980s to upgrade
Before: The original home had cream and terracotta tiles throughout the living area with dark exposed red brick walls
After: The house is 148 square meters and the couple has renovated around 70 percent of the total area
The original home had cream and terracotta tiles throughout the living area with dark exposed red brick walls, which is what is expected in an old ’80s home.
The kitchen looked dreary, with wooden cabinets and drawers in a “worn condition,” while the bathroom was boring with a toilet, shower, and vanity crammed into a small room.
The house is 148 square meters and the couple has renovated around 70 percent of the area.
While the entire renovation is still ongoing, the two have completed the kitchen, two living areas, laundry and bathroom.
The roof has also been upgraded and new lighting and solar panels have been installed.
“We’ve been doing little things since April and we’re still leaving,” said Chrissie.
During the initial planning phase of the renovation, Chrissie said they had a “clear plan” of what they wanted and what needed to be done
Tips for renovating a home on a budget:
Preparation and planning are key
Decide what you can do and what needs to be done by craftsmen
Get plans approved before you start
Buy products from Bunnings Warehouse – such as paint, lighting, flooring, and roofing materials
If possible, avoid moving the cables and electricity
Create a timeline
During the initial planning phase of the renovation, Chrissie said they had a “clear plan” of what they wanted and what needed to be done.
“We each tackled one job. It took about four days to paint the brick walls with four paints, ”she said.
“The flooring took about three days, the kitchen cabinets took about four days, and my husband replaced the old lights in one day.”
The flooring, paint, door handles, and lighting cost between $ 3,000 and $ 3,500 of the total budget.
Chrissie also said they bought supplies from Bunnings, including Taubman’s paint, vinyl planks (Senso Rustic Walnut), lighting, and cabinet handles.
“The flooring took about three days, the kitchen cabinets took about four days, and my husband replaced the old lights in one day,” said Chrissie
The flooring, paint, door handles, and lighting cost between $ 3,000 and $ 3,500 of the total budget
The end result looks stunning and was the perfect lift the old house needed to bring it into 2021.
The most expensive aspect of the renovation was the flooring as a professional was hired to lay out the concrete evenly.
Chrissie said the “most challenging” aspect of the DIY project was painting the exposed brick, but the end look was “so rewarding”.
“We love the look of our new home. It’s so bright and a little more modern! ‘ She said.
In the future, the two plan to re-tile the back wall of the kitchen and replace the worktops and the washbasin.
“We also want to design and renovate a new master bathroom, replace ceiling fans, refresh the air conditioning and landscaping the front yard,” said Chrissie.
The end result looked stunning and was the perfect lift the old house needed to bring it into 2021
The bathroom originally looked boring and dull, with a toilet, shower and vanity in a small space
According to Homes to Love, it is also important to consider the style you like, approve plans before buying products and making a schedule
Before beginning a renovation, Chrissie strongly recommended that you prepare and plan as much as possible.
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According to Homes to Love, it is also important to consider styles you like, approve plans before buying products and creating a timeline.
If possible, avoiding moving the lines and electricity will cut the budget by hundreds of dollars.