Graduate Project Review – Trish NSW



Trish Greening cut her teeth renovating alongside none other than the renovation Guru herself, Cherie Barber. It was an old fixer-upper Trish had purchased in Sydney’s west, which featured on TEN’s ‘The Living Room’  and delivered Trish a profit of nearly $60,000.

Since then, she has gone on to complete another seven renovations. including this four-bedroom house in Leumeah, in Sydney’s outskirts, which required a complete transformation inside and out.


What was your purchase price?



What did you spend on the renovation?





What did the property sell for?

The property sold for $480,000 after just 3 days on the market!


Why did you buy this particular property?

I decided to buy this property because it was in a good location, walking distance to shops and station, in a quiet street. I could visualise how good it could look.




Brief scope of renovation works:

The renovation involved having the roof sprayed, painting the exterior after weeks of scraping the flaking weatherboard so (turned out to be beautiful hardwood underneath all the layers of paint) patching the cladding on the rear extension and painting to match the rest of the house.  The kitchen was retained, I painted the dark cupboards white with laminate paint, installed new sink, benchtops, splashback and appliances, also glued down recycled Baltic pine floorboards over the tiles to match the rest of the house. New gutters and downpipes, new main bathroom and creating an ensuite bathroom from old laundry, new attic ladder, floor sanding and polishing, internal painting, replacement of sagging ceiling in hallway, extending narrow deck at rear, new balustrading and fretwork to front verandah, adding a new path to the front door, new turf to front garden,


Biggest Challenge?

The biggest challenge was the never ending task of using a heat gun and scraper to remove the thick layers of flaking paint. I almost burnt the house down when some bits of paint caught fire and blew inside the wall through a gap. Smoke was coming out of the wall and I had to hose it for half an hour to stop it. Another challenge was dismantling what I thought was a locked shed inside the garage, turned out to be a foil lined room for growing marijuana! Complete with lights and fans.


Most satisfying part of reno?

Definitely the end result.


What would you never do again?

There was nothing I’d never do again,


What were most valuable lessons learnt from Cherie?

The most valuable lessons on this renovation were choosing a good location and having a good relationship with my tradies.



















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5 Responses to “Graduate Project Review – Trish NSW”

  1. Bryar Wilson

    Fantastic job – good on you

  2. Kelly

    Hi there
    Wondering what colours were used on the decking and balustrade? Thanks very much.

    • adminrfp

      Hi Kelly, Trish has chosen to keep her colour selection private so that she may replicate this on another project. Feel free to print off any of the images though for reference when purchasing paint for your own project. C x

  3. Annemarie

    Wow! You have a gift! Congratulations xx


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