Cottage charms brought to life

first_imgTess Sellwood’s home before it was renovated. Picture: Supplied.Ms Sellwood has retained the cottage feel of the home, including fretwork while a 110-year-old piano has pride of place in the dining room.Ms Sellwood said when she bought the home it was in desperate need of a makeover but she was won over by the location.“The house was modest, very basic, tired looking and it was also yellow,” she said.“For us it was all about the location because it was opposite the park on a corner block and it had good street presence.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Ms Sellwood said while renovating she was careful to make sure any changes would pay off when she decided to sell the home. Keyes & Co agent Tess Sellwood out the front of her renovated Pimlico home. Picture: Zak SimmondsREAL estate agent Tess Sellwood has transformed her Pimlico miners cottage bringing it into the modern era while retaining its old-world charm.Ms Sellwood lives in the home with her husband Bill Reddy and two-year-old daughter Patience.When they bought the home it was run down, had yellow cladding and carpeted floors.After an extensive renovation there are now timber floors throughout, a white and blue colour scheme, modern kitchen, bathroom and laundry, and large rear deck. Keyes & Co agent Tess Sellwood out the front of her renovated Pimlico home. Picture: Zak SimmondsShe said she was lucky to work somewhere family-friendly where she could bring Patience to work with her if she needed to.“It’s a combination of very good time management, support networks and a good kid,” she said.“We just juggle from day to day and the flexibility of my job gives me the ability to pick her up if it’s an emergency.“We also have a playroom at work, which the children can access at any time of the day.”center_img Keyes & Co agent Tess Sellwood out the front of her renovated Pimlico home. Picture: Zak Simmonds“This house needed an uplift to make it more saleable because when we bought it the market was a lot healthier,” she said.“We started with the bathroom because it was possibly the worst room in the house,” she said.“Then I required a laundry because we had an outdoor laundry with an old-fashioned sink. Then we ripped the back of the house out and extended the deck.”One of the biggest jobs was removing all the yellow cladding on the outside of the house, it then had to be completely sanded before the home was repainted inside and out.Ms Sellwood juggles being a mum with working full-time as a real estate agent for Keyes & Co Property.last_img

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