A family-of-six who wanted to get out of the rental market and purchase their own place have done so in style, completely transforming a property in western Sydney over the course of three years.
Lauren Perry, 35, and her husband David bought their home in May 2017 after longing for their four boys – aged 10, nine, six and three – to have space large enough for them to play and run around in.
‘I believe it was late 2017 that we got all the approvals to begin work. And we are only just finishing now midway through 2020,’ Lauren told FEMAIL.
‘I believe it was late 2017 that we got all the approvals to begin work. And we are only just finishing now midway through 2020,’ Lauren told FEMAIL (before and after exterior)
The kitchen had potential to be a lot bigger and could open up into the family room
The transformation has been remarkable, with an entirely white kitchen fulfilling Lauren’s dreams
‘We still have a few jobs left to do but we have almost finished everything finally.’
The renovation was a ‘family affair’ with the help of Lauren’s parents, in particular her father who is a retired building designer.
‘While I had the vision for the house, handled the interior design and made all the aesthetic choices, my father John took on a lot of the practical work,’ she said.
‘From drawing up our plans and submitting the forms to council, to overseeing the trades and physically completing a lot of the building work himself.’
Everything was changed over the course of the three year extravaganza, with significant alterations made to the floorplan, which went from a small 104m2 to 200m2 with two decks.
Extensions were made to the family room with a raked ceiling, master bedroom, ensuite bathroom, walk in robe and double garage.
They rendered and painted the old brick exterior, resprayed the roof and painted every surface of the interior including the brand new doors, skirting boards, windows and architraves.
‘We laid new flooring throughout the whole house and added robes in every bedroom,’ Lauren said.
What a change! The kitchen was brought back to life with splashback tiles and brand new appliances
Everything was changed over the three year extravaganza, with significant changes made to the floorplan, including the bathroom (pictured before)
There is now a deep tub inside the shower cubicle, so you have the best of both worlds
‘We enlarged the main bathroom and even relocated and built a new laundry room from scratch, and transformed a once dated kitchen into what it is today.’
The idea of building a modern farmhouse with a mixture of French provincial design was high on Lauren’s list of desires for the house, and she used a combination of both to perfect the interior.
‘Aside from that I chose my favourite colours as the palette which I incorporate throughout: Sage green, blush pink, soft greys and bright white,’ she said.
‘You can see it carried through each area of the house with the paint colours, tile, benchtop and cabinet choices as well as with the furniture, soft furnishings and homewares.’
Her favourite part of the entire renovation were the changes made to the open plan kitchen, family and dining area because she could include a rustic exposed brick, French doors and beautiful pendant lighting.
It has also become a key room the whole family spend time in, so it feels like the epicentre of their new house.
‘We laid new flooring throughout the whole house and added robes in every bedroom,’ Lauren said
They rendered and painted the old brick exterior, resprayed the roof and painted every surface of the interior including the brand new doors, skirting boards, windows and architraves (Lauren pictured)
Most of the materials were sourced from Bunnings, including the kitchen which came as a flat pack in the Kaboodle range, which her father John unpacked.
A lot of the hardware was purchased from Restoration Online and the exposed brick wall is real, supplied by The Brick Pit in Smithfield.
‘Most of the framing and artwork I did myself. I have a small business, Neat Interiors, which supplies products like these to a few retailers,’ she said.
‘I also get a lot of comments about the kitchen splashback tiles – these I designed myself, had handmade and then imported from overseas through my business.’
‘We enlarged the main bathroom and even relocated and built a new laundry room from scratch and transformed a once dated kitchen into what it is today,’ she said
Several furnishings are from IKEA, Provincial Home Living and Temple & Webster (reading nook pictured)
Several furnishings are from IKEA, Provincial Home Living and Temple & Webster, the chandelier in the dining room is from Early Settler and the farmhouse table was a ‘bargain’ from Amart Furniture.
Other home décor items were sourced from Kmart, 1825 Interiors and H&M Home.
‘The renovation budget was extremely tight,’ Lauren said.
‘So much so that we are still slowly finishing off the odd job here and there. But for all the work completed on our house we came in at just over $200,000.’