Me and My House, Oaka Street, Gladstone.
Me and My House, Oaka Street, Gladstone. Christopher Chan GLA110213HOUS

New look for Clarke home after renovations

BEFORE undertaking numerous home renovations, Lesley Clarke and her husband Gary were wise enough to plan and budget.

The couple has lived in Gladstone for two years and after buying their house in July 2011 they immediately took to renovation action.

Mrs Clarke said while the house was well maintained, it was essentially 35 years old inside.

"The first couple of months were spent in planning to make sure our money was well spent," she said.

"I do 3D architectural modelling so I drew up many different plans and models on how we could possibly re-configure the house as well as renovate."

Mrs Clarke advises people to plan as much as you can up front.

"Try and price as much as you can to start with so you can set a realistic budget and don't forget the hidden costs of things like skip hire to get rid of rubbish or new paintbrushes and rollers."

The clean colours visible throughout the house contrast well with the clean walls.

The minimalism effort gives the house a modern, classy design.

Though impressive on the outside, the Clarke's home is even more spectacular inside.

"Throughout the house we have used neutral toned colours to give a light, airy feel to the house and to display artwork well," Mrs Clarke said.

The couple has been renovating their home since 2011 and has completed a number of projects themselves and through the use of qualified tradesmen.

"My major accomplishment was painting the fencing of which there are two sides of 120m," Mrs Clarke said.

"My husband has worked extremely hard every weekend doing all the labouring such as demolishing old block showers and removing old wardrobes, the kitchen and two bathrooms and laundry."

"Big plug for Bunning's here as that's where you would find us every Saturday morning.

"We also used local tile shops and building suppliers."

Mrs Clarke's favourite part of the house is the kitchen and bathroom.

As for her husband, he prefers the garage.

"He says it's huge and has enough space for two cars, laundry, tools and workbenches and a home gym," Mrs Clarke said.

The couple also focused on landscaping.

"We have now landscaped with new trees and planting in the front garden to provide shade, privacy and a welcoming home in years to come."

Through all the challenges, the renovations so far are inspiring.

"At the moment we are enjoying the house as it's basically finished," Mrs Clarke said.

The Clarke's home renovations

  • Installed large new kitchen upstairs
  • Re-positioned appliances
  • Renovated lounge
  • Engineered solid timber floor
  • New carpet in the lounge
  • Redecorated the three bedrooms upstairs
  • Repainting, new carpets and relocated wardrobes
  • Installed new fully tiled bathroom with glass shower
  • Renovated toilet now with porcelain suit and convenient adjacent vanity
  • A/C upstairs
  • Downstairs now self-contained one bedroom guest area with living space, kitchenette and own bathroom
  • Bedroom newly carpeted and A/C
  • Additional second bedroom and bathroom
  • Relocated laundry to garage
  • Installed auto doors to garage
  • Rendered the outside rough brick
  • Installed drains, upgraded the power supply and installed new power boards
  • Two hot water tanks
  • Watering system
  • New fire alarms
  • New landscaping
  • Total = two living areas, five bedrooms and three bathrooms