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Make It Happen: the House Project

In this new 9-part series, the Make It Happen team transform a tired 1980s house into a modern Australian home.

Front of house with a picket fence at the front of it

What is The House Project?

A typical, dated Australian suburban home is transformed. Bunnings brings in interior designer Jono Fleming and landscape designer Inge Jabara to share their insider tips and tricks to update this home for less! 
With some help from builder Tim Clark, the Bunnings team and the power of D.I.Y., the Make It Happen team create a modern Australian home that is both stylish and energy efficient.

Brown wooden kitchen with pendant lights hanging from the ceiling

Meet The House Project team

Tim Clark (left)

Builder Tim Clark has been on the tools for almost 20 years. No job is too big or too small for Tim who has worked on residential and commercial projects. In 2019 he was a contestant on House Rules with his brother, Mat.

Inge Jabara (middle)

Landscape Designer and Horticulturalist Inge Jabara is a leader in landscape design. Her extensive knowledge of garden design and plants shines through as she shares her love of nature.

Jono Fleming (right)

Interior Designer and Stylist Jono Fleming's projects have appeared in publications including  Belle Magazine, The Design Files, Real Living, House & Garden and more. A former Style Editor for Inside Out, Jono loves to share his passion for interior design and styling

Three people in a modern kitchen.

The brief: a modern Australian home designed by Australia

Before any walls were knocked down or a paint can opened, we asked Australians what they would like to see in a family-home renovation. Should we render or clad the exterior? Do the arches stay or go? What should the overall style of the home be? And much more. Here’s what you asked for: 

Floor Plans

Make it happen house project exterior floor plan after renovations
Make it happen house project exterior floor plan before renovations
Before & After

Watch Make It Happen: The House Project episodes

Episode 1: Introducing the House Project

In a typical Australian suburb lies a typical Australian house that is stuck in a very particular time period. Enter the Bunnings Make It Happen team, who bring this house into the now and show that with a little D.I.Y., you can achieve a luxe transformation on a budget.

The front of a brick house with a car on the road out the front of the house

Episode 2: House facade and garden

It’s an unusual place to start, but Jono and Inge want to set the tone for the rest of the house, starting with the front facade. Removing an old-fashioned fence and creating a colour palette that reflects Australia's unique flora, this house front is unrecognisable.

Front of house with a picket fence at the front of it

Episode 3: Master bedroom and ensuite

The first interior space to get the magic touch is the master bedroom and ensuite. Jono makes clever use of space in the relatively small master bedroom including double arches, a skylight, a new wall colour and tiles and an adult retreat – this episode has it all.

Bedroom with bed in it, a ceiling fan and a picture on the wall

Episode 4: Luxury kitchen and dining room

The team transforms the heart of the home and creates a luxe look, for less! With help from the Bunnings kitchen consultants, and by knocking down a wall or two, the team delivers the light, bright, welcoming kitchen that Australia asked for. It’s all affordable but comes off as complete luxury.

White modern kitchen with a silver fridge, oven, lots of pot plants and stools at a bench in it

Episode 5: Laundry renovation

The team tackles the laundry area. Not only is it beautiful, but the functionality is on point too. The team creates a space that has colour, texture and charm.

A laundry with a washing machine and dryer in it, with a bench on top of these, with some towels and a pot plant on it.

Episode 6: Bedroom, bathroom and study

The team give the main bathroom, smaller bedrooms and study some love. Working their magic to incorporate clever colours, easy D.I.Y. cabinetry and cupboard door refreshes, to bring new life to each of these areas.

A modern bathroom with grey tiles on the walls, a shower, bath and basin in it

Episode 7: Alfresco and backyard design and construction​

Inge is in her element as she divides the huge outdoor space into three zones; produce and play, entertainment zone with alfresco and pizza oven, and a lawn area.

The back of a house with an entertaining area int it

Episode 8: Living room, kids bedroom and hallway

The all-important living room and kids bedroom are the last, but certainly not the least, to get a stunning Bunnings makeover. Jono and Inge also give plenty of tips and tricks that you won’t want to miss.

living room with couch and tables

Episode 9: Full house reveal

With the transformation complete, Jono and Inge take one final walk through the home. In the end, the home is not only beautiful and inviting, but also has a drastically reduced carbon footprint, making it the perfect modern Australian home!

The front of a brick house with a car on the road out the front of the house