With time and budget constraints and also thinking about waste, we decided to work with what we had in the kitchen, rather than start again.  The reason for this was the solid marble countertop which, although I wasn’t wild about the colour (I would have preferred white), I considered it be too wasteful to throw it out.  Although kitchens and bathrooms are considered to be the places of value there is also a point where common sense should prevail. We decided to keep the entire kitchen as it was, got rid of the dated arch, and simply replaced the doors and splash back. This saved us a lot of time and money and I believe the result speak for itself.



COST (excluding new floor) – $6500.

Amazing work done by Pete


The house had fallen into neglect and each successive owner had tried to patch up that neglect as cheaply as possible and add their own personal touches.  The result was a minestrone of styles and materials with little regard for practicality or harmonious flow.

A prime example of lack of vision was a newly installed, very expensive glass pool fence that meandered around the 80’s bean shaped pool and juxtaposed a patio where the floor was at different levels; a mix of bare concrete and terracotta tiling which was not fl use with the lip of the house.  There was also a large, ugly air conditioning unit which added to the general lack of flow and clutter. (If you look at the before photographs notice how the old pergola shuts out light and closes in the space.)

We didn’t want to remove the expensive fence but at the same time if we wanted a deck and consistent flooring we would have to and then at a later stage, bite the bullet and pay to put it back.  The existing pergola sagged at the roof line and shut out light. We decided, even though it wasn’t in the immediate budget, to pull it down, remove the glass pool fence and start again.  This proved to be the most expensive part of the renovation.  It was the first job to be done and it was well worth it.

We also moved the air conditioning to the other side of the house.  An expensive, short term solution until we could install ducted aircon.  The bottom line was one of us to go.  It was either going to be the air conditioner or me.

The patio wasn’t the only space where the home handy man loomed large but that’s another story.

back deck

Patio with pergola removed

Patio 2