Waterfront Views and Homemade Renovations in Balmain

In the gorgeous waterfront suburb of Balmain in Sydney, couple Fran and Freddie are hoping to sell their heritage listed home to move closer to their daughter in Queensland. The home sits on a sprawling garden with spectacular views of the water to boot- so why hasn’t this special property shifted off the market? With hopes around the $4 million mark, the couple really has to take in the advice of the professionals.

The home is steeped in history, with character filled sandstone walls and quirky character. With this comes some less glamorous features, including some home-crafted renovations- some of which are in need of immediate repair as they’re dangerous. The home is one of the most special that has featured on the program, but with complicated heritage overlays, a less than ideal layout and poor renovations were already undertaken, the couple may have to lower financial expectations without an initial layout to present the property.


With the help of a conservation expert, Charlie tidies the garden, freshly paints for street appeal and fixes a dangerous deck. Inside, Shaynna updates the kitchen and living areas, transforms a study into a second bathroom and waved her super-stylist wand over the rest of the home. Our Engineered Oak boards supplied by Flooring Xtra looks stunning in the setting and the bedrooms benefit from our wool twist carpet- only the best will do in this home! Together with a carefully curated selection of our rugs throughout the home, we’re so happy to see this come together as beautifully as it did.

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One of the biggest downfalls of this property was the attempts to renovate without calling in the experts. While the desire to save money is admirable, it often does cause issues down the track which don’t make financial sense. Unless you’re confident with your skill set, don’t be afraid to let the experts utilise their skills! Flooring Xtra is proud of each of their installation teams, all of which have years of experience under their belts- consider the job done properly the first time when you call them in.

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The final results are in for Fran and Freddie, who’s beautifully renovated property sells for $3.95 million only weeks after being on the market. With an investment of $175,000, this is money well spent. This episode of Selling Houses Australia (Season 12, Episode 3) first aired on March 20th. Stream new episodes of Selling Houses Australia every week or watch Wednesdays 8.30pm AEDT only on Foxtel’s Lifestyle