Ria's Speedy Renovation

Ria's Speedy Renovation

Jenny Butler
Jan 26, 2010

A full DIY renovation completed in 5 weeks, for less than $20,000 that also looks good? Ria of I want I want I want! kindly sent through some photos of her latest project, a 2 bedroom beachside townhouse that she bought, renovated and sold in almost no time at all. We're truly impressed with how much she had achieved in such a short space of time, see more below the jump.

How would you define your style? Relaxed! Home is a place of comfort and refuge. But my style changes dependent on the features of the house I'm working on.
What is your Inspiration for this project? As the townhouse is only two blocks from the waterfront, we went for a really relaxed beach feel.
What is your favorite element of this project? The Labrador blue walls with the white paneling in the master bedroom.
What is the biggest challenge of this project? Giving the lounge/kitchen area a real sense of space and practicality. We moved the bench across to the other side to give a greater flow through, and the checkerboard tiles give a great illusion of space.
What was is your proudest DIY? The dado walls really add character to the townhouse and the paneling only cost around $250 per room, well worth it!
What was your biggest embarrassment? In some spots (only a couple!) you can tell that my painting lacked commitment!
What is the best advice you've given or received? Whenever I can I add architectural features. There are so many homes with the bare minimum and the result is boring square rooms. It's amazing what a difference beautiful skirts, cornices, picture rails or dado walls can make.
Any other additional info on the project? We had a budget of $20,000 to renovate the entire unit and we came in just under that. Also, local markets are a fantastic source for innovative beautiful creations, keep your Sundays free for wandering through Victoria's markets and all they have to offer.

Thanks Ria for sharing your project with us. You can find out more about Ria's work on her website www.iwantiwantiwant.com.au.

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