Domestic Blitz

The Lewis Family Renovation: March 21, 2010

The Blitz team goes to Wollongong to help out the Lewis family who have been living in a half renovated house while dad Vaughan is being treated for advanced melanoma.

Interior: Living Room, Dining Room And Kitchen Makeover

The first job was to remove the wall. We decided that the best thing to do with the existing kitchen would be to "update" what was already there - maintaining the original layout.

We replaced the cupboard doors and installed a granite bench top, which immediately updates a kitchen. With the installation of a new skylight, the kitchen looked brighter, cleaner and bigger.

The dining area features a new setting and a fancy timber block feature wall. The whole area opens onto the living room. In the living room, we covered the exposed brick, freshened the room with a coat of paint and replaced the old sofas with stylish modern seating.

Exterior: Tiered Garden With Vegie Patch And Chook Yard

This will be a three-tiered yard. The upper level becomes a cottage garden with a sandstone flagging dining area surrounded by mature flowering trees.

There'll be arbour-covered steps leading to a large grassed area, complete with a trampoline for the kids and a white picket fence.

The lower level is a produce garden, with a chook pen and raised organic vegie patches.