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A fantastic start to the new financial year with the recent signing of contracts for a small facelift to an original sandstone home in the heart of St Peters. A location tightly held by homeowners with its location perfectly placed being so close to the City and the shopping precinct of Norwood. St Peters is home to some of Adelaide’s oldest houses and some of the states highest regarded private schools.
Like many of our projects no one is ever the same and each of our clients have a unique list of priorities for what they want performed around their homes. In this up and coming project majority of the work will be cosmetic, but it will make this home unrecognisable internally when completed.
Maximum Impact With Minimum Spend
Unfortunately, this St Peters property hasn’t undergone much if any home improvements during its 80 plus years of life so now is the time to finally gives this beautiful property some TLC. The goal for our clients was to achieve the most impact from there budget. Below is a list of what we will be doing in order to get the best ROI.
Like nearly every old home around Adelaide they were built with floorboards rather than concrete slabs and then the owners opted to have carpet laid over the top. This property is no exception and the owners want the carpet’s removed and the original jarrah hard wood boards sanded and polished, the transformation will be mind blowing. There will be a total of six rooms getting polished including a huge grand central hallway approximately 2 metres in width.
Door And Window Hardware
Old houses are notorious for moving with age and items such as doors and windows which rely upon straight and level angles begin to squeak and not operate correctly as the building becomes misaligned over many years. The windows have sash cord and weights in the external wall cavities which will be replaced with new sash cord and adjustments to weights to ensure correct balances. The window hardware and door hardware will all be replaced with new antique style fittings to maintain the look of the building and character of the home.
Entrance doors to the property which there is 3 of these all have amazing lead lighting inserted into them. Some of the glass pieces have cracked and others fallen out. The glass panes will each be carefully removed and taken off site to be repaired. During this process temporary boards will be installed to maintain security at the home. Once completed the new lead lighting panes will be installed and secured tightly to give many more years of vibrant entrances to the home.
Electrical Light Switched And Power Points
Fortunately, at some stage approximately 20 years ago the property had undergone a full rewire of all electrical cables including a switch board upgrade. The owners would now like the old Clipsal 200 series switches and power points replaced with antique heritage style looking hardware to compliment the home. This upgrade will cover all power outlets, light switches and dimmers.
I can’t recall a renovation we have undertaken where some form of painting wasn’t performed, and this will be no exception. All internal surfaces will undergo a full repaint. The doors, windows, architraves, cornices, window frames and ceilings are all getting a brand-new lease on life with neutral colourings which will bring ever room back from the dull yellow and apricot colours currently displayed.
A project such as this can be performed while the owner has occupancy but is more fluent when we have full site access. With careful planning we have scheduled this project to take place while our client goes overseas for 6 weeks to escape the cold Adelaide winter and experience some European summer weather. Although this project will not take 6 weeks it will mean the customer will come home to a transformed home. We will begin by having a shipping container delivered to site to enable all furniture to be removed and stored at site and then reinstalled after a final clean at the end of the project.