John 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. 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<<<
Cycling tour operator Spice Roads from Bangkok, offers this year 10-day tourist tour by bicycle through Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Montenegro, writes BH news agency Patria.As they state in their offer, this journey is intended for all those who want to unite cycling, and at the same time to enjoy in beautiful regions of these countries and learn about the rich culture and tradition.Journey starts from the Herzegovinian gem Trebinje where participants will enjoy in the beauty of this city, welcome dinner, and will stay there two days.On third day they will move towards Croatia, and beautiful regions of Adriatic sea and Dalmatia will take their breath away. On the fourth day they are in Dubrovnik and Cavtat, and then move towards Montenegro where they will stay until the tenth day. They will visit Budva, Cetinje, Herceg Novi, national parks, rivers etc.Cyclists will ride through roads, hills, tunnels, railroad, and will enjoy in the views to towers, churches, picturesque villages, vineyards and other beautiful regions. At each point at which they stay, they will try local cuisine and feel the tradition and culture of those regions.All participants will experience the bike ride 367 km long that does not require special equipment. These tours will be organized in May, June, September and October.Mountain bike through rugged valleys and historic settlements along the turquoise sea of the Dalmatian coastline while imagining the glory of past civilizations that have left their marks on these emerging nations. Forget those war-torn years as today’s Bosnia and Herzegovina has returned to peace and is now inviting you to explore and witness its hidden treasures. With its breath-taking natural and cultural wealth, the country has emerged as one of the most popular destinations in the world. Croatia’s Dalmatian seafront is second to none and attracts sun-seekers from around the globe to enjoy its warm weather, balmy skies, and turquoise water.Similarly, Montenegro’s azure coast is lined with many stunning destinations: the heavenly Bay of Kotor, the vibrant and contemporary Budva Riviera, and quaint and serene Virpazar. Castles, fortress walls, and relaxing fishing villages tucked between orchards and the sea make for a very picturesque cycling expedition.Note that this trip’s total ascent is 6,467 m.