Wavell Heights home reno a creative mix of old and new

first_imgJohn Jordan and Sarah Crundall with their renovated 1950s house. Picture: Annette DewJOHN Jordan has played out his own end game, staying the bulldozers to bring an old dame of the 1950s back to life. MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES “Wavell Heights is an up and coming suburb, a different market. “We put a lot of effort into understanding the compromises needed in design, and where to spend money and where not to spend money,” he said.“Putting french doors from the lounge to the side of the house would have compromised the furniture placement in that sort of room, so we decided against that,” he said.Conversely, extra money has been spent on landscaping, flooring and benchtops.“We’ve bought quite established trees and put a lot of attention into the gardens,” he said.“They’re great now and in two years’ time it’s going to be fantastic.” Rebranding an inner city farmhouse Timber flooring was chosen over tiles in the extension. Picture: supplied.The garage was saved from demolition by Ms Crundall who saw potential when she opened the green garage door.It has been converted into guest accommodation or an office with exposed brick walls paying homage to the original build. AREC 2019: How to survive the property market downturn Transforming the lounge room. Picture: John Jordan.The house has grown from three to five bedrooms, and has been extended at the back to include a new kitchen and dining area. The converted garage is now one of Mr Jordan’s favourite parts of the house. Picture: supplied.“You set yourself up for success in the design stage,” he said.“I’ve done this in Hendra and Hamilton and they are different markets. It’s easy to have a confidence about what you can do without overcapitalising. Lots of surprises behind this green door with a little vision and effort. Picture: John Jordan.center_img SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN WAVELL HEIGHTS BEFORE: 15 Benecia St, Wavell Heights prior to the 2016 renovation. Picture: supplied“The neighbours were curious, two houses across the road had been bulldozed,” he said. “One option was to bulldoze but these old homes have great bones, high ceilings and come up fantastically and there’s a charm you get in these buildings that’s fantastic,” he said. The extension begins. Picture: John Jordan.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoWith interior design contributions from Mr Jordan’s partner Sarah Crundall, the 12 month, $400,000 transformation began in March 2018.“We converted it from a 1951 house with original carpet, a little old kitchen and everything else, to something that should keep a family happy for years to come,” Mr Jordan said. AFTER: A 12 month renovation has transformed 15 Benecia St, Wavell Heights. Picture: supplied. AFTER: The back of the house as it looks today. Picture: supplied.His aim, in buying 15 Benecia St at Wavell Heights on impulse at auction in 2016, was to modernise while staying in touch with the history of the home and setting a strict budget to stick to. The 683sq m block with new landscaping. Picture: supplied.The hardwood flooring for the extension cost $10,000 and there is $7000-$8000 worth of Caesarstone benchtops in the new kitchen.“It’s been fun to unlock the potential of this property,” Mr Jordan said.Damon Lewis of Ray White New Farm will take the property to auction on June 15 at 11am. >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<<last_img

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