We have recently purchased a 1900's chamferboard cottage. Thought someone would like to see some pics of our renovations so far.
I have made a budget of $10,000. The reason being is that it makes me think of everything I do to the property and having a budget of $10,000 I always think of how to save money. I do what is necessary and will do work ourselves or only get in a professional when we want to.
Timber floors polished : The floorboards were in reasonable condition so we are very pleased with the way they came up after polishing
Before : The enclosed front verandah had red carpet squares over timber
After: The floor boards after we had them polished
I will post a pic of the house but have a look at the enclosed front verandah. Notice the white wall these are chamferboards. . Its like weatherboards but wider. I believe you cant buy them any more they have to be especially made.
The white wall is the original front of the house. The original verandah has been enclosed to make another room
Chamferboards have a "straight" finish with a bevelled edge at the top of each board. Because of the bevel each board sits flat and creates a nice straight finished line down the outside wall. Queenslanders usually are weatherboard and Californian Bungalows generally are chamferboard. Weatherboards don't have the bevel and each board slopes out towards the bottom. They look quite different. Chamferboards look a bit more refined and "finished".
This is so exciting what you've done – we are looking at a circa 1930's house tomorrow that will need a touch up in the kitchen, floors done and a lick of paint. I totally think that $10k is a great starting budget (for us at least) to get a house looking fabulous. Don't you just love IKEA !! Question – are buying, reno and selling or buying, reno, rent & sell. If you're Brisbane based, did you get a good deal on your polished floors ? We're about to do our PPOR.
Reno Queen – thanks for posting your progress – very interesting to see – I hope to do a reno some day – I have my eye on a 4 Br house which needs massive csometic stuff but I suspect nothing structural and it would be +CF once it was done but I have failed to convince my husband to go with it. He thinks anything we can't rent out immediately is too risky. The irony is it is also a big corner block so subdivision would be possible too. I shall just have to live vicariously through you for a while!! cheers.
about 1 yr back on ebay someone was selling a $10,000 Ikea voucher for $8k, they lived far north QLD and came down for a week to sell the card (was only valid at Logan). I asked myself, if Ikea had a 20% off everything sale, would I go in & spend $8k? NO!!!!……….so I thought, how can I make this work? I offered $6k knowing they were very motivated. They accepted! we were doing a reno at the time and only bought stuff from the discount area. We bought 4 wardrobes, a kitchen, bathroom cabinets & other stuff for $1500 as most of it was at least 50% off. so $1500 off the card left $8500 and we couldnt think of anything else we wanted so we put it up for sale on ebay for $6000 and it sold!
so we got 40% off, then another 50% off that, so effectively 70% off !!
moral is, watch ebay for large store vouchers going cheap, especially when they are high value vouchers since most people cant afford thousands of dollars OR have trouble spending thousands in one store. I also saw a $4000 Good Guys voucher go for $2500.
You may like to hear a little background to this Cottage purchase.
My husband and I own a few properties but he is not interested in renovating just buying properties that are ready to go.
I enjoy the renovating side so about 5 years ago I bought a house and then he helped me renovate it. It looked great once we finished but we didnt really have a budget so I just go what ever we needed.
We sold it 5 years later as it was on a main rd and we did make a profit.
I saw this cottage which is in a great suburb and just couldn't wait to renovate it. Its on a small block and I then decided I want to concentrate on small blocks in good suburbs IE Worst house in the best street.
I then decided I would only spend $10,000 on this reno and I think all the time how to renovate the property under budget.
My husband helps me but I try to think of ways to get professional help at a good price. Cheers
I met them there & verified it was transferable & had $10k balance.
heres another way to save on renos:
use 600mm x 600mm gloss black tiles on kitchen benchtops instead of granite. costs $40/m which means about $250 if you also use them for splashbacks, but recently Ive started using stainless instead for splashbacks. Its even cheaper & quicker, also gives more light & looks more modern. try it on kickboards too. I did all kickboards & splashbacks for $160. I also just repainted cupboard doors in gloss white enamel & replaced handles. total cost for kitchen was about $400 but it looked new.