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Cherie’s Hillsdale Apartment Renovation

Homeowner, Lauren purchased this unrenovated two bedroom apartment approximately eight years ago. She lived in it for a number of years before deciding to relocate elsewhere to a house with more space. Since moving out, Lauren’s also had a stream of tenants moving in and out. With her latest round of tenants gone, she’s decided…

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Cherie’s Toongabbie facade reno

The owners of this humble fibro house in the outer western suburb of Toongabbie were keen to capitalise on the Sydney boom by selling their existing home and upgrading to a new location. The couple, who had owned the property for 15 years, had already partially renovated the interior, but the bland façade was still…

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Cherie’s Colyton Kitchen Reno

In this renovation, expert renovator, Cherie Barber, takes hold of her paint brush and rollers, to teach one of her younger sisters, Jeneane, (and the rest of Australia too) how to transform a kitchen on a modest budget of just $2,000, in 2 days, with just 2 people. The old kitchen is in an investment…

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Cherie’s Blacktown Renovation No.2

THE STORY: Top Renovator, Cherie Barber is challenged with updating a drab, dated 1970’s bathroom that’s seen better days. Home owner Abhishek Sharma has just purchased this investment property and has a budget of only $2,500, all said and done, to transform his bathroom space. Whilst the bathroom is currently functional, the bathroom lacks any…

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Cherie’s Altona Meadows Renovation

Top renovator, Cherie Barber, tackles one of her most ambitious projects to date, a structural renovation that completely reinvents the interior of this three-bedroom house to create a seamless flow between the living areas and the outdoors. In a topsy-turvy 9 days, bedrooms are reshuffled, walls moved and a new open-plan rear living area emerges,…

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Cherie’s Hervey Bay renovation

Vicki and Mark have been living in their Hervey Bay home since they purchased it a year ago with the intention of fixing it up, living there for a couple of years and then selling up. Currently a 3-bedroom, 1-bathroom home, they hoped to be able to turn it into a 5-bedroom, 2-bathroom home on…

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Cherie’s South Windsor Renovation

THE STORY: Cherie Barber takes on a mammoth project and converts a low earning single dwelling into a double dipping, high yield earning property for owners Selene & Wayne. When Cherie first assessed the property, she quickly determined that the main property was in dire need of a makeover, however this alone would not general…

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Cherie’s Emu Plains Renovation

Larissa and her mother Wendy are wanting to renovate their old family home, which is currently owned by Larissa’s grandmother and Wendy’s mother. Unfortunately the house needs to be sold to pay for the continual nursing home costs where Larissa’s grandmother is currently residing. The entire house needs to be renovated before it is put…

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Cherie’s Berkeley Vale Renovation

Central Coast mum of three Lea was in trouble.  She purchased her investment property on the ill advise of an accountant ten years ago, and the property has sent her into a black hole of debt to the tune of $2,000 per month.  That’s on top of the mortgage on her family home! She tried…

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Cherie’s Eschol Park Renovation

THE STORY: Single mother, Livian has dreamt of becoming a renovator and is looking to cut her teeth on her own home in Eschol Park in Sydney’s south west. She’s renovating her home to boost the property value and feels confident with the interior modifications but has no idea how to make the façade of…

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Cherie’s St. Clair Renovation

Belinda and Frank describe their eight person family as “yours, mine and ours”. The couple bought their family home four years ago and so far they have renovated the bathroom, ensuite as well as making some other small cosmetic changes to other parts of the house. Belinda and Frank realise that their kitchen needs a complete…

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Cherie’s Campbelltown Renovation

Husband and wife homeowners, Darren and Cat recently purchased this property and have just spent the last eight weeks renovating their property internally. The couple were very hands on during the internal renovation but both are unsure as to how to tackle the weatherboard exterior. Darren and Cat feel that curb appeal is essential when…

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Warehouse Wow Factor

When it comes to choosing an interior style for your property, the word “contemporary”embraces a wide range of looks. It could be anything from a crisp, white minimalist theme, to mid-century, to beachy “Hamptons” or something quite classic that allows the furnishings and artworks to be the heroes of the interior. The important thing is…

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Cherie’s Lake Illawarra Renovation

THE STORY: Cherie Barber lends her expert skills to a couple who are planning a complete internal and external renovation on their newly purchased investment property.  What this couple lack is the funds for a complete overhaul and with cash running low, they’re in need of a quick uplift in value. Stage 1 is a…

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Cherie’s Ermington bathroom renovation

This bathroom renovation was done on a $6,500 budget and in under a week – and delivered a $15,000 profit to the owner. The renovation strategy was to replace the dated bathroom, which had no toilet, with a brand new bathroom that had a toilet and better circulation space. The works included: Installation of a…

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Renovating a kitchen on a $1000 budget

For this renovation, I was faced with a kitchen stuck in a 1970s time warp – and the challenge of giving it a quick cosmetic refresh for under $1,000.   On this kind of budget, paint and a lot of DIY is your best friend. Here’s what I did, mainly using specialty paints from White Knight:…

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Starting on the property ladder

Bondi buddies, Gavin and Tracy have bought in Blacktown, in Sydney’s west, to get their foot on the property ladder. With Cherie’s help all is going well until their neighbour throws a spanner in the works.  They learn he’s decided to put in a new fence that goes against their modern scheme.  Then to make matters…

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Cherie’s Kingswood Renovation

THE STORY: It’s a stroll down memory lane this week for our RFP guru, Cherie Barber who heads back to her heartland, the suburb she grew up in! Not only is she happy to be back in the hood, but this week’s challenge is to help the home owner Anne, giver her tired 80’s kitchen…

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Cherie’s Collingwood Renovation

Tammy, a VIP Flight Attendant to some of the globes biggest names, doubles as a budding property entrepreneur, behind the scenes, when she’s not in the air. Still in her mid-thirties, she’s got 5 properties to her name and the tenants in her Collingwood property have just given notice. Should she invest some cash to…

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Cherie’s Warriewood Renovation

This episode showcases Cherie transforming a 1969 red brick home into a modern masterpiece.  Homeowners Dan and Naomi are expecting their first child in a matter of months and the nesting phase has begun.  With a new arrival on the way security and safety are high on the list of priorities along with creating an…

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Cherie’s Kogarah Renovation

Renovation guru, Cherie Barber tackles a two bedroom 1970’s apartment destined for a quick sale. Purchased as an investment unit by the owners, Trevor & Vicky, they intended to start renovating right away however after discovering early on, unexpected water leak issues, their motivation took a turn for the worse and renovations ceased. While the…

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Warehouse wonder

I honestly think this is one of the most popular renovations I’ve done on my Living Room TV segment on Network Ten. Working with such a small space and within the constraints of an apartment block was a challenge, but the result was just so rewarding! It’s a warehouse studio in inner-city Sydney, in the…

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Renovate and Hold to Profit 3 Ways

Did you know that when you renovate an investment property to hold, you profit 3 ways? The first is the manufactured ‘renovation equity’ you create by doing the renovation itself. Your aim is to lift the value of the home in 6 weeks or less by at least double your renovation budget. As a result,…

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Cherie’s Meadowbank Renovation

THE STORY: High-school sweet hearts, Patrick and Stina, purchased their first property, a unit in Meadowbank NSW, in January 2015. With a new mortgage and a limited budget of only $5,000 to fix up the bathroom, the young couple called on expert renovator, Cherie Barber to show them how it’s done. Upon inspecting the property,…

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Cherie’s Liverpool Renovation

THE STORY: Cherie Barber’s aim is to add style and elegance to a dated and ordinary top floor apartment in Liverpool to appeal to a wider market.  The budget for this renovation was minimal which resulted in some clever ideas to refresh the current kitchen and bathroom.  This renovation also shows the high-end look you…

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Gran Designs

They’re cheap, easy to construct and come in a load of smart designs. In states like NSW, the government has freed up planning constraints, so a granny flat can be approved as complying development in as little as 10 days. This project in Sydney’s outer western suburbs, which I completed in July 2014, included the…

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