Undertaking the renovation journey: Lloyd & Anna’s story
After renting their home in North Nowra on the New South Wales’ south coast for three years, Lloyd and Anna Sharpe decided to purchase the nineties’ style brick-veneer home and undertake renovations to the entire house. Lloyd, a landscape gardener and a talented DIYer, spoke to us about the renovations, how they made the house more functional for their young family, and what they learnt along the way.
Our home is a three-bedroom, one bathroom, brick-veneer home built in the 1990s and was very typical of that nineties’ style. It’s situated in the suburb of North Nowra on the New South Wales’ south coast, a two-and-a-half hour drive south of Sydney. Myself, my wife Anna and our two-year-old son Flynn live here.
We decided to renovate our entire home and, so far, have completed the bedrooms, lounge-room, kitchen and dining area – with the bathroom and laundry left to do. We altered the layout of our main living areas to create better functionality, and have turned what was an awkward dining area into a study nook/home office, which we hope will add value to the property and appeal to future potential buyers.
We had the advantage of renting the property for almost three years before purchasing it. This allowed us to know exactly what we wanted to change and alter to make the house more functional for our family and to give it new life.
Undertaking the renovations...
Before commencing any work on the property we wrote a list of the things we wanted to do and achieve and set a budget for each room. Our kitchen was the main focus so we started there and then everything else flowed on from that. We worked on one room at a time to ensure that we finished what we started and didn’t get too overwhelmed and stressed by trying to do too many things at once. This strategy worked really well for us and allowed us to stick to our budget as best as possible.
I wish we had taken more photos of each room before we started the renovations. We have no photos of our old kitchen and it’s hard to imagine what things were like once they have been completely overhauled. Also, I’d suggest covering everything in your house that you don’t want ruined before work starts! No one can ever explain to you how hard it is to remove concrete dust from the inside of your house. We still find it every now and again when we are cleaning up or moving furniture.
Style and materials...
We used internal cladding in parts of the renovation, as we had a large, oddly shaped wall in our lounge-room, which we wanted to change from an eyesore into a beautiful feature. After stalking Scyon™ Walls on Instagram we knew exactly what we wanted to use to create something beautiful, stylish and – most importantly to us – warmth. We used Scyon Stria™ and it has made a massive impact to the room and to our home as a whole. It’s the first thing you see when you walk in our front door and it still blows us away every time we look at it – we are so in love with it!
I installed the Scyon Stria cladding myself in our lounge-room and new office addition. I found it extremely easy to work with and was surprised with how quick and uncomplicated the whole process was from start to finish, including painting! We love that it’s so versatile and that we really could use it anywhere throughout your home, inside and out, to give what can be a dull boring wall or space huge wow factor. We would absolutely recommend Scyon products to anyone wanting to take their home to the next level in style and sophistication.
Some words of advice...
My advice for anyone looking to undertake renovations is don’t try to do too much at once, especially if you are doing most of the work yourself, like we did. Starting too many different projects can just become way too messy and overwhelming. Pick a style you love and try to make key elements in each room tie in together by sticking with one theme throughout the house. This will create flow and a connection with each room.
Now that we are on the downhill run of our renovations it’s so rewarding to take a step back and appreciate all the hard work that we have put into creating something that is ours, a reflection of us, and something that we can be proud of. We love what we have achieved so far and the new life we have given to an older style home, and can’t wait till the project is complete.
You can follow Lloyd and Anna’s renovation journey on Instagram @lloydsharpe.