Sherree Doodson’s job is to help others choose colours and styles of tiles for their home renovations.
She is there to offer advice but ultimately lets the customer go with their own taste.
So, having unbridled control over her own home renovation was almost too much excitement to bear when Sherree and her husband Greg completed a complete overhaul of a Stockton residence.
The couple own Suncoast Bathroom Renovations and Building, which they set up 15 years ago and relocated to Newcastle five years ago.
They have completed “too many” renovations in various towns and cities across Australia, according to Sherree and the transformation of 23 Roxburgh Street in Stockton was their first own project since moving to Newcastle.
The overhaul was mostly internal.
“The exterior was magnificent anyway, but internally required new floor coverings, new kitchen, all new bathrooms, new curtains and blinds,” Sherree said.
“The painting was the most amazing transformation inside. It was originally bright yellowy-orange and bright blue. The soft greys are just beautiful and it’s just transformed that home.
“The ceilings downstairs have the original decorative ceilings and cornices, which are just stunning. They were painted a cream, off-white-colour and when they were painted white, it really brought them out.”
Sherree described it as “a really fun” renovation but said the most enjoyment came when the kitchen and bathrooms were complete.
“It was the tile choice in the bathrooms, they’re just beautiful,” she said.
“They’re vintage concrete and there are feature walls in the vintage concrete … each tile is different, it is absolutely beautiful.”
It’s nice to keep your cabinetry really simple and if you want any feature your splashback is what you do.Sherree Doodson
They used large tiles on the walls and floors, “450 square” in size.
“It’s quite an unusual size to use in a bathroom but it really suited this house,” Sherree said.
“The effect of using that size is it opens your bathroom up, it makes it appear a lot larger than your traditional 300 x 300 or 300 by 600.”
She suggested when looking to do a bathroom renovation “functionality – the layout of the bathroom” should be considered.
Feature tiles were also used in the kitchen.
“The kitchen was very simple but I prettied it up with some Terrazzo, handmade encaustic tiles on the splash,” she said.
“It’s a really old-fashioned style of tile that they used to use on the floor, but it’s really amazing.
“They’ve got mother of pearl throughout, so under lights it’s really pretty.
“It’s nice to keep your cabinetry really simple and if you want any feature your splashback is what you do.”
The four-bedroom home is on the market with a price guide of $1.1 million to $1.2 million and is scheduled for auction on February 17.