JULIETTE Meek cannot remember the last time she and her husband, Daniel, went on a holiday or watched Netflix.
The young couple are busy hotel managers by day and DIY renovators by night — and weekends.
But they wouldn’t have it any other way.
“We started renovating on the side because, you know, life’s not busy enough!” Mrs Meek said.
Their latest project — their third in three years — is a character home in Everton Park.
“It took me at least six months to find it,” Mrs Meek said.
“I really wanted to get in to Everton Park. The location is great, there’s lots of development happening, it’s a really great family area and a bit of a growth suburb.”
They made an offer for the house at 27 Trouts Road the same day they inspected it.
“We just know when we find something,” Mrs Meek said.
“We were looking for a decent sized block, a good location — the high school and shops are at end of the road and a bus stop across street — and then potential in the house.
“I just love character homes and this is 1920s, so it has the original VJ panelling, 10 foot ceilings and a good floor plan you could work with.”
Mrs Meek said the home’s previous owner was an older gentleman who “loved to tinker” and had made several interesting improvements to the house over the years.
“I think he was a bit of a hunter gatherer,” she said.
“We found lots of little hidden treasures, like a bike, an old army helmet and a well out the back, so there were some really interesting things in the house.
“We also found a whole collection of Slim Dusty CDs.”
But Mrs Meek said many of the original, character features of the period home had been covered up.
“He’d put aluminium cladding over the beautiful weatherboards outside and tiled over all the original floorboards, so we had to take up all of the tiles,” she said.
“We basically stripped it all back.”
Mrs Meek said they restored the VJ walls and polished the timber floors, but otherwise gutted and redid everything else, all the while being mindful of keeping the home’s original character.
The original house had three bedrooms, one bathroom and a laundry downstairs.
The Meeks have transformed it into a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home with an internal laundry, front porch and back deck.
They used luxury finishes such as Carrara marble to add a contemporary touch.
“We actually considered moving into this one,” Mrs Meek said.
“It’s a little heartbreaking to sell actually because it’s really beautiful.”
She and her husband try to do most of the work themselves before calling in the professionals.
“We do all the demolition ourselves, including ripping up tiles, taking down walls, landscaping, part of the painting,” Mrs Meek said.
“There was a lot of painting this time!”
She said one lesson they had learned was to always factor in delays and the likelihood of going over budget.
But the end result was worth it.
“I have no life! It’s so sad,” Mrs Meek laughed.
“It’s enjoyable at the end of it though.”
The property is for sale by offers and is being marketed by Patrick McKinnon and Will Churchill of Place Estate Agents.
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Time taken: 12 months
Total spend: $200,000