Hardware store trip gives Ferny Hills renovator a huge lift

first_imgHe has incorporated floating cabinetry and warm timber reveals to change the space dynamics of the four-bedroom house. SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN FERNY HILLS Timber cabinetry in the kitchen.“I enjoy doing projects at home, sometimes the stairs, the bathroom, the deck, the bench and downlights.”Curving the timber around the pool deck was a particularly challenging project. >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<< The architectural engineer who lives here has turned his renovation into a series of weekend projects.IT’S the house that cages rocks, bends timbers, lifts carpets and floats cabinets and it’s not Hogwarts.The secret behind Ron Van Sluijs stylish Ferny Hills renovation is to work within your means.“When I was a student, I wanted to have really nice furniture, I couldn’t afford that so I just built it myself.”Now a professional architectural engineer, Van Sluijs is making ‘okay money’ but he’s the first to admit he’s not rich so he had to be smart about the renovation of his 13 Wanawong Court home.Ripping up the carpet was his first smart move.“The whole house was carpeted, but if you lifted a little bit of carpet you could see very polished hardwood floors,” he said. The exposed staircase with timber pigeonhole bookshelf built into the wall. Timber framing around the window reveals. And he has done it without spending a fortune.“I wasn’t rich so I had to be smart with what I could do,” he said.A trip to the local hardware store saw him load up on plywood decking boards which he mitre cut to put in the window reveals.“They cost next to nothing and all the joinery in the house I’ve used those decking boards.”He has renovated bathrooms, the kitchen, stripped back the staircase and built a pigeonhole bookshelf above.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019 Construction of the curved timber pool deck with clamps in place. The granite theme begins at the entrance to the property with this mailbox. Mr Van Sluijs is now selling his home and moving to acreage.It is being sold by Bradley Butten of Professionals Priority Ferny Hills with offers over $699,000 invited. Lifting the carpets has revealed a beautiful polished timber floorboard.It has delighted Mr Van Sluijs to continue the timber theme throughout his renovation of 13 Wanawong Court, Ferny Hills, over the last 14 years ago. Floating cabinetry is a feature in the bathrooms.Outside, rock baskets feature from the front mailbox to the retaining wall with timber planter boxes. Twenty tonnes of granite have been used to form a caged retaining wall. The finished curved pool deck. Another challenge has been the bathroom.“The bench talks to the mirror, talks to the louvres on the right and the built-in shelving unit with the laundry basket with big handles made from double decking board.”last_img

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