Home' Homes : Homes 2009 Contents much you think you know back then.") and after many
a renovation, sold it to purchase their second home, a
two-bedroom apartment on Oxford Street a stone's throw
from all the vibrant nightlife Leederville has to o er.
From a renovation point of view, home number two
required substantially less work (read: new paint job and
flooring and knocking out some walls) than their first
home but with the addition of young son Ozren to their
family tree, the Ceklics have moved onto home number
three and with it, their biggest renovation project yet:
a three-bedroom character house in Leederville.
Each room requires work; both the kitchen and
the bathroom -- still in their "original 1940s" condition
according to Petar -- will need complete overhauls and
a serious dose of landscaping work is also in order.
Once the house has been brought into the new
millennium, the Ceklics are planning on adding an
outdoor pergola complete with built-in bar.
As they did with their previous properties, Petar and
Ellen will be doing as much as they can on their own to
try and keep costs down.
"Generally, we have bought houses and apartments
that have needed work, so it's part and parcel of the
process," Petar says.
Although renovating provides an alternative avenue
for potential homeowners to explore, makeovers are not
silver bullets for those shopping for bargain basement
"Renovations don't come cheap, even in this market
of having more labourers around competing for work,
it still adds up very quickly," warns Petar. "We try to do
everything we can without tradies, but you have to draw
the line somewhere as there are things we just can't do
ourselves that are best just to give to the professionals.
"Dealing with tradespeople can be a bit testing,
especially coming from a corporate work environment
where people are punctual with time. But overall, we
have had a pretty good run.
"When the tradies are at work, we generally like
to stay out of the way, but still like to check up on
proceedings to make sure it's all going to plan."
"WE GET GREAT ENJOYMENT
FROM PUTTING OUR OWN
TOUCHES TO A HOME AND
I MEAN, WHO REALLY WANTS
A KITCHEN IN A SEPARATE
ROOM THESE DAYS? PLUS
WE COULD NEVER JUST
BUY A HOUSE COMPLETELY
FINISHED KNOWING THE
SELLERS HAVE MADE A TIDY
PACKET ON THE SALE OF
THE HOUSE. WE LIKE BEING
IN THEIR SHOES, NOT THE
OTHER WAY AROUND."
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PICKING A WINNER
Determining whether or not a property has the
potential for a rags-to-riches transformation
requires di erent senses to those needed to
weed out a bargain-priced, ready to go dwelling.
To do so successfully relies on the ability to
envisage what the "after" picture is going to look
like once the smoke has cleared, the sawdust has
settled and the masking tape removed.
Architects Katherine Ashe and Marco Vittino
o er the following checklist when it comes to
finding suitable renovation candidates.
• Good light
• Good planning
• Sound "bones"
• Proximity to dining and entertainment hubs
• Cost of property in relation to total project
It's also worth inquiring with the local council
whether any of your planned work needs their
The exact by-laws vary across the state, but
as a rule of thumb, if a swimming pool, outdoor
pergola or adding a second (or higher) storey
to the home is on the agenda, be sure to speak
to your local council before undertaking any
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