The Sowden’s house has had quite the makeover in the last three and a half years. They had rented it out for 7 years and it really needed some love both inside and out.
Outside they have done a lot of work clearing away trees and noxious vines so they can see the native bush they back onto as well as clearing the section and planting many gardens.
They started by renovating the kitchen/dining and lounge area and all of this area is painted in Resene Rice Cake. This included taking out a bay window, installing huge bi-fold doors, a new kitchen, taking down a wall and putting up a ply wood feature ceiling.
A year later they embarked on a huge part of the renovation, changing the door positioning and layout of the main bathroom. This involved taking out the bath with the shower overhead and installing both a beautiful freestanding bath and a separate shower (with a black floor insert). They removed walls downstairs (both internal and external) which allowed them to make a separate laundry (previously in the garage), changing the strange shaped entranceway and hallway. This made for a much larger bedroom with includes an ensuite and walk in wardrobe. They got away with the badly organised downstairs bathroom and made a fancy new entranceway, which features a sunny bright yellow front door.
All rooms that were not changed structurally have had new plasterboard and been painted with Resene paint. Throughout the house they have used Resene Rice Cake. Their daughter’s room has been painted in Resene Pot Pourri, with two walls of Resene Scarpa Flow in the master bedroom.
Their daughter’s playhouse has also been treated to a full paint in Resene.
There is a ply feature wall in the stairway as well as a new balustrade, small changes that have made a huge improvement.
The renovation has made a huge difference to the overall feel of the house. It is not finished yet though, they are still to pull down and extend the back deck and finish off our main bedroom ensuite.
Thanks to the Sowden family.
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