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Old fishing shack becomes a beachside home

IT’S HARD to imagine the stunning beach-side home of Keith and Daphne Buhr in Hervey Bay was ever a little fishing shack (pictured below).

The original owner, if still alive, would never recognise his former cottage. Even a subdivision of land has changed the street number.

Keith from Core Architecture admits that even he did not realise the cottage’s potential when they bought it about three years earlier.

When he and Daphne moved from Brisbane seeking a semi-retired lifestyle they bought two blocks of land in the street. They intended to keep the cottage as a boat shed on one block and build their home on the other.

“It wasn’t until later that we realised this block with the fishing shack had more potential,” Keith said.

The north-east aspect suited Hervey Bay’s climate perfectly.beach shack

While living in the rickety old cottage, Keith set about designing their dream home based on what was already there including the huge albesia tree that now shades most of their back yard.

Two and a half years later Keith and Daphne had a striking beach-side home that, to the untrained eye, looks simple in design. The reality is, however, every nook and cranny has been carefully planned to make the most of their environment.

“We installed an air-conditioner in the main bedroom but we have only used it once for heating in winter.”

A new building stands beside the old cottage, which is now a self-contained guest room, with a covered deck joining the two sections.

In keeping with the original style, the home was built with tin and timber. Daphne has completed the beach look with original Hervey Bay artworks throughout.

Originally published in the Fraser Coast Chronicle’s My Place feature, 2009.

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More on preparing your house for sale

You finally decided to sell your house. We discussed painting the walls as a first step and cleaning up the outside landscaping. Surely, that is all you have to do, right? Wrong! Before opening your doors to the buyer, let’s look at a few more “to-do” items.

The house tour begins the moment the buyer first sees your home. Why not give him a warm, pleasant first impression of the home that is to be his?  Does your doorbell work? Is the front door in need of paint, or maybe in need of replacement? Old doors often create the impression of shabbiness and/or neglect.

I mentioned earlier that outside maintenance cleanup is the opening act of your buyer’s home tour. Caring for and maintaining the inside of your house is commonly done on a more necessity-drive schedule. A homeowner becomes comfortable with a slightly dented window pane and does not realize that dent will mean dollars less to him when the buyer points out the defect.

Is there a window leak, or a pane of cracked glass in a hidden, closet window? It will cost you much more than window replacement of that one pane if the buyer sees it. More than likely, it will trigger an entry in his notebook to have all of the home’s windows inspected very carefully. That can end up costing hundreds of dollars more than replacing one or two panes.

Let us help you prepare for your buyer. Contact: www.jocelynwatts.com/hot-property-tips. Improve your home’s value today for that fabulous sale tomorrow.


Let’s get your home ready to sell!

What do you see when you look down at the floor upon which you stand?

If you have been in your home very long, chances are you learned to overlook and excuse the cracked tiles, or the faded hardwood, or the scratches made by your family pet.

Overlooking that which you are comfortable with can cost you thousands of dollars. A relatively small investment of often less than $1000 can bring you a return of more than $2000.

It may be as little as the cost of some nails to secure loose boards, or screws to replace the slightly off-centered hanging door.

On the other hand, have you thought about the carpet on which your dog, your kids, and your own feet have made their territory over the years? You can bet it will be a buyer’s first thought as he walks in the door.

Replacing carpet is a relatively inexpensive way to add thousands of dollars to your home’s value.

Be sure to choose a neutral color. A beautiful, brightly colored carpet may complete your own décor with its magnificent statement.

However, the buyer will probably not see himself in that setting.

Another area of concern to buyers is the bathroom.

Taking time to replace discolored or out-of-date faucets yourself is an inexpensive way to entirely change the look of a bath.

One, often over-looked bath item that can scream “old” is your toilet seat.

Today’s seats are light-weight and have a different look to them. A seat that came with the house in 1974 will look like just that: an old toilet seat. Same thing with door knobs. They also have changing styles.

Why not head to your local do-it-yourself store and invest in quickly changed knobs for all of your doors?

Your goal is to achieve maximum upgrades with minimum disparity in color and design.

Let us guide your selling preparations. Contact: www.jocelynwatts.com/hot-property-tips.

Improve your home’s value today for a fabulous sale tomorrow.