From Scary to Sublime: A Gorgeous Gut Renovation in Australia

One of the most important parts of any potential home purchase or renovation plan it is to have a vision for the space, to be able to picture how it could look someday, regardless of the state it's in at present. Easier said than done, especially when the present includes nearly unbelievable floral patterned wall-to-wall and dark, bold, extremely permanent-looking, brick walls with archways. Get ready to be amazed by the transformation:

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So light, bright, open and spacious!This project proves that you can absolutely blow out the cobwebs and give a new life to an older home. Check out the rest of the befores, afters and info from our lovely reader in Australia who was kind enough to share their renovation story with us.

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The inspiration behind the project: We always wanted a space that was open living, contemporary, yet able to accommodate my eclectic/retro furniture, glassware collection, which I collected from swapmeets, flea markets and eBay over the last 20 years. The space had to be able wear over time with our growing children but also be a social area as we entertain a lot. The view into the valley could not be seen from the kitchen before. I wanted a kitchen where I could admire the view and see the kids while they were playing, inside or out.

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Major jobs undertaken as part of the project:
• High beams in the roof to support where the walls had been removed
• Plastering
• Rewiring of the house, down lights
• concrete polished

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Sources and shops:
• Bunnings
• Mattblatt.com.au
• Greatdanefurniture.com.au

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Which parts of the job were DIY and which were left to the Pros:
DIY:
• We ripped all the carpet up and jackhammered the tiles off the floor (you should have seen me the day after the photo of me with the jackhammer...ouch).
• We built up a window to make it look more sleek and modern.
• Took off all the jarrah skirting so the cement polisher could polish the concrete without trashing them.
•Ripped out the kitchen. Patched up holes.
•Did all the painting.
PRO:
• A friend in my mothers group(Jules Hurst) was an interior designer and she helped out with final decisions.
• Our friend Paul from Symmetry Cabinets did the kitchen
• Another friend, Proudy from Margret River Floor Polishing came up from down south and polished the concrete.

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How the family feels about the end results:
Love it! The kitchen is everything we ever wanted, so spacious and practical. Floors hide all the kids dirt and when it gets too bad we wear thongs..hahaha. Love seeing all my retro pieces looking so great, now the collection is an art piece in itself. The view is fabulous.

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(Images: reader submitted)