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Amazing renovation: From tired classic to exquisite inner-city oasis
ANDREW Lee knew he had found the perfect home as soon as he stepped through the front door. But the co-owner had a less romantic first impression before their incredible renovation. SEE BEFORE AND AFTER PICS
ANDREW Lee knew he had found the perfect home as soon as he stepped through the front door.
The Brisbane doctor looked past the dated pink and green walls and straight through the giant casement windows showcasing a secluded garden and lighting up the room.
“When I walked into the house for the first time, that’s what made me fall in love with it, and it’s still the area that appeals to me the most,” Dr Lee.
But co-owner Daniel Miller had a less romantic first impression.
“It was in a pretty bad state,” Mr Miller said.
“We needed to completely gut and redo every single room.”
The pair bought the 1940s property at 36 Riverton St, Clayfield, in 2005 with a view to taking on a bigger home they could restore to its former glory.
It was their first renovation project — and they made sure it was done properly.
“The renovation was never done with a view to flipping the house,” Dr Lee said.
“A lot of decisions were made (when choosing materials and finishes) because they were beautiful things that we wanted to have.”
And the attention to detail and quality features shine through.
“We wanted to keep the existing feel of the house,” Mr Miller said.
“We didn’t add any modern features — we wanted something classic.
“When you walk in, you don’t assume its been renovated.”
Dr Lee agreed they were determined to create something “less trendy and more timely”, so that it would stand the test of time.
They recruited interior designer, Christopher Thomas, Trebilcock & Associates Architects and Yates Builders to take on the challenge, and moved out for 13 months.
“We rented five minutes down the road, so we stopped by on a daily basis to see how things were progressing,” Dr Lee said.
As a result, the entire process was relatively stress-free.
“We were sensible in knowing that the prices we were quoted were going to completely blow out,” Mr Miller said.
There was one room the pair didn’t originally see eye-to-eye on though.
“I chose the wallpaper in the kitchen,” Mr Miller said.
“My grandmother liked collecting blue willow patterned china, so that’s where that came from.
“I wanted something to remember her by.”
Dr Lee admitted it was not his favourite room in the house.
“I was a bit ambivalent and, to be absolutely honest, without the rest of the room done, it took me a while to come around,” he said.
Mr Miller, on the other hand, said he spent much of his time in the kitchen, which is equipped with a 60cm x 90cm double oven, marble bench tops, an oversized sink and custom-made overhead lights imported from New York.
The original kitchen, which was small and in the middle of the house, was opened up to incorporate the living and dining area flowing out to the pool and backyard.
Dr Lee’s favourite room — the formal entertaining area — required the least structural work.
The concrete fireplace was ripped out and replaced with a marble one with a timber frame and some of the architraves needed to be remade to match the existing features.
On this level, there are also two bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Upstairs, there are another three bedrooms, a main bathroom and a family room.
“We added an extra bedroom upstairs because (the home’s in) an area with lots of schools, so we thought one day we might sell to a family,” Mr Miller said.
“Every original bathroom was completely removed and three new ones put in completely different places.”
Features include polished timber floors, travertine tiles, two fireplaces and original French chandeliers.
“There is nothing fake — everything’s real in the house,” Mr Miller said.
The two-level home is on an elevated 1070 sqm block over two lots, offering the potential to subdivide subject to council approval.
The backyard accommodates a large, in-ground pool and outdoor entertaining area with a fireplace, framed by landscaped gardens.
The property is for sale for offers over $2.4 million through Drew Davies and Rhys Cockram of McGrath Estate Agents.
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Time taken: 13 months
Total spend: $900,000
End valuation: Approx. $2.4m