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Written by The ReReport

Tim and Nat Bluhdorn with Neale Whitaker and Andrew Winter. Supplied by Foxtel

WITH their lives in the Sutherland Shire but their home in Sydney’s southwest, one young family were torn on whether now was the right time to make a move.
School teachers Tim and Nat Bluhdorn moved into their Picnic Point property four years ago to initially get away from the region they work in.
While it was fine at first, the inconvenience of not living close to work, the place their three kids go to school and much of their extended family made it an easy decision for Mr Bluhdorn, who was keen to sell up on last night’s episode of Foxtel Lifestyle series Love It or List It.
It was a different story for Mrs Bluhdorn, who still liked the current house and felt it needed to be freshened up with a change of floorplan.

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What the living room looked like beforehand. Supplied by Foxtel

Look at it now. Supplied by Foxtel

Of course, experts Neale Whitaker and Andrew Winter both had differing views, with list it advocate Andrew keen to show the Bluhdorn family their options, while Neale was convinced that a renovation could solve their problems.
On this occasion it was Neale’s creative flair that convinced the couple to love the home, completely renovating the kitchen and creating an open-plan living and dining area that leads outside.
“The flipped floorplan gave us everything we wanted,” Mrs Bluhdorn said.

“The floorplan has changed the way our family relates to each other,” Mr Bluhdorn added.
Neale was given a budget of $130,000 to transform the property into the home they needed, with the main priority moving the kid’s bedrooms away from the kitchen and opening up the back part of the house.
It needed to be enough to convince Mr Bluhdorn, who felt the family of five had outgrown the house, giving Andrew a budget of $1.2 million to find a suitable four-bedroom, two bathroom house in the Shire.

A happy Neale and Andrew. Supplied by Foxtel.

He did a solid job, showing them properties in Kirawee, Menai and Bonnet Bay, with Mrs Bluhdorn even admitting that the house in Menai was “annoyingly pleasant”, while Mr Bluhdorn brought the kids along to try and convince his wife.
However it wasn’t to be, with the family deciding to stay in their current home for now, but having long term aspirations of moving to the Shire.
“It’s not our forever home and our life is all in the Shire so we would eventually like to move there,” Mr Bluhdorn said.

The kitchen was in need of a makeover. Supplied by Foxtel

Now it is next to the combined living and dining area. Supplied by Foxtel

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Overall the renovation was able to add $150,000 to the value, making it a very worthwhile experience for all involved.
“It was unique and challenging and really makes you realise what you value,” Mrs Bluhdorn said.
Tune in to the Lifestyle Channel on Wednesday, November 14 at 8.30pm, as Queensland couple Ange and Sonia decide the fate of their four-bedroom Daisy Hill home.


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