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HOUSE OF THE WEEK: Better lifestyle in the nest

​RENOVATED: Exterior and interior scenes of the Birds’ home in Salamander Bay. Pictures: Marina Neil ​RENOVATED: Exterior and interior scenes of the Birds’ home in Salamander Bay. Pictures: Marina Neil
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​RENOVATED: Exterior and interior scenes of the Birds’ home in Salamander Bay. Pictures: Marina Neil

​RENOVATED: Exterior and interior scenes of the Birds’ home in Salamander Bay. Pictures: Marina Neil

​RENOVATED: Exterior and interior scenes of the Birds’ home in Salamander Bay. Pictures: Marina Neil

​RENOVATED: Exterior and interior scenes of the Birds’ home in Salamander Bay. Pictures: Marina Neil

​RENOVATED: Exterior and interior scenes of the Birds’ home in Salamander Bay. Pictures: Marina Neil

​RENOVATED: Exterior and interior scenes of the Birds’ home in Salamander Bay. Pictures: Marina Neil

​RENOVATED: Exterior and interior scenes of the Birds’ home in Salamander Bay. Pictures: Marina Neil

​RENOVATED: Exterior and interior scenes of the Birds’ home in Salamander Bay. Pictures: Marina Neil

​RENOVATED: Exterior and interior scenes of the Birds’ home in Salamander Bay. Pictures: Marina Neil

​RENOVATED: Exterior and interior scenes of the Birds’ home in Salamander Bay. Pictures: Marina Neil

​RENOVATED: Exterior and interior scenes of the Birds’ home in Salamander Bay. Pictures: Marina Neil

SERIAL renovators Carlene and Brian Bird cheerfully describe their latest venture in Salamander Bay as their ‘‘baychange’’. The ’60s-style home is appropriately named Sarang Burung, which means ‘‘bird’s nest’’ in Indonesian.

‘‘The idea was to have a bit of a lifestyle, to see if there is a better lifestyle by the coast than the city,’’ Carlene says.

They purchased their three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in January, the 10th home the couple have purchased with the intention of renovating and selling.

Carlene’s eye for renovation and design means their renovated homes usually sell fully furnished, affording them the opportunity to change their style as often as they change their location.

‘‘We set homes up and people walk through and say, ‘We love it!’, so we keep selling them with all the furniture,’’ Carlene laughs.

‘‘Every house has been different. Our last one was orange and aqua.’’

The home’s generous front balcony has a serene vista into bushland – the reason, Carlene says, the couple purchased the property.

‘‘We hardly looked at the house, we just saw the view and knew we wanted to buy it,’’ Carlene says.

‘‘We’ve seen koalas in the trees when we’ve been sitting out here,’’ Brian adds.

The balcony features an oversized white woven outdoor set, with pale blue striped cushions with seashells setting the mood for the home. Carlene says the cushions were the first piece the couple bought to furnish the home, which set the tone for a retro, coastal theme with hints of Bali featuring inside and out.

The living area has a combined living, dining and lounge room, with original brushed tiles in an earthy warm tone keeping the home cool through the summer.

‘‘Because the whole house was tiled we couldn’t change the layout, so we just worked with it,’’ Carlene says.

The walls, which are painted in pale blue, are lined with art. Brett Whiteley’s 18-panel extravaganza The American Dream fills the walls with mellow, natural hues and the occasional pop of his signature ultramarine blue.

Carlene sourced a round tulip dining table from Freedom to pair with her white and chrome replica Eames DSR side chairs. Sitting atop the curvaceous dining set is a set of Georg Jenson silver candles.

A display cabinet holds treasures sourced from the couple’s extensive travels, including a vintage Villeroy & Boch dinner set from the ’70s in purple and orange. A generous black leather lounge leads through to the kitchen, tucked comfortably into a U-shape. The kitchen cabinets are finished in a grey polished woodgrain, with a white tiled splashback.

The couple installed a double door with hanging silver door chains brought home from Bali (‘‘I hate screen doors,’’ Carlene says) to lead into the back deck and beyond.

Brian installed the decking himself, using Merbau floorboards. He also installed LED deck and garden lighting, which lights up the whole back area in the evening.

The generous back deck is overlooked by an incline of flora, including agaves, hibiscus and cacti, and an original set of stone stairs leading up to a second outdoor plateau.

The flora was a relatively new experience for the couple, who had little experience with gardens in the many homes they have renovated.

‘‘Every house I’ve ever had didn’t have a single tree in it,’’ Carlene says.

Carlene brought home a generous black outdoor umbrella on her second trip, which set over a glass outdoor table, provides the perfect spot for a glass of wine.

The couple’s advice to budding renovators is ‘‘do it’’.

‘‘It’s cliché, but buy the worst house in the best street,’’ Brian says. ‘‘That’s what we did, we bought one of the cheapest places in a street of millionaires.’’

Carlene agrees.

‘‘My biggest tip is for young people to stop buying McMansions in Cameron Park,’’ she says. ‘‘Buy something old and do it up, it’s easy!’’

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