“The greatest risk of all is not taking any risk at all”
– Cherie Barber, arguably Australia’s top professional renovator
Cherie Barber has a burning passion for turning run-down and dilapidated properties into multi-million dollar creations by weaving her magic and vision which is based on a systematic 8-step approach to property renovation.
This original double-fronted freestanding Victorian home on 400 sqm of land in the inner west Sydney suburb of Leichhardt with a side driveway and a two storey brick studio / warehouse garage was vacant and awaiting someone with a vision to give it a complete make-over.
Cherie Barber stumbled upon this house while walking past on her way to buy some cupcakes. Instead of coming back with the cupcakes, she put in an offer to buy the house and contracts were exchanged within days.
Being a professional renovator, Barber understands that time is valuable money on every one of her projects. Longer settlement times coupled with early access clauses give her a quantum leap ahead in terms of holding costs and lead times. This property with its tired and dated interior is being turned into a 4 bedroom luxury home complete with plasma TV screens, 9 metre open plan gourmet kitchen with breakfast corner, option of a separate commercial home office, north-facing master bedroom overlooking a swim spa and private lawn.
Her insignia for most of her renovations is to create the “wow” factors:
Large open plan kitchen that combines modern chic with practicality such as ample storage and breakfast areas.
Large bathrooms with good features and design.
Seamless integration of outdoor features and entertainment areas with internal living spaces.
Practical use of space that incorporate contemporary design.
Cherie Barber and her partner Stephen Tolle started their first renovation on their own home back in 2000. They bought six properties in their first year of renovating properties and made a totalof $1.16 million.
Since then, they have bought and renovated 36 properties worth over $45 million dollars. Cherie and Stephen are the founders of Renovating for Profit where they impart their knowledge and experience to students who are passionate about taking renovations as a weekend hobby to a professional level.