Flashback Friday- Family Home Number 2

Friday, 12 July 2013

In 2006 we took the opportunity to upgrade from our first home to a property closer to the city.  We purchased a lovely little Queenslander from its original owner.  The house was very much showing its age and in need of a makeover!  The house is located in a DCP (Demolition Control Precinct) so any plans had to meet specific guidelines to maintain the character and architectural style of the home and be approved by Council.  And while the house was on a 579sqm block it was subject to the Residential Design Small Lot Code because it had an average block width of less than 15 meters.  We stayed on in our first home and left the house unoccupied for 6 months while we planned our renovation with a builder.    

Our first goal was to relocate the one and only toilet from a cupboard (on carpet!!!) in the second bedroom and close off the tiny opening allowing access from the kitchen.

What were they thinking?

Other than that, there were no major surprises or issues to deal with.  We chose to open back up the front verandah that had been enclosed at some point and close off the side sleepout to create a third bedroom or study.  We removed the wall that separated the living room from the kitchen and dining areas and added a back deck and new rear stairs.  It was an expensive exercise to replace all of the aluminium windows with traditional timber double hung windows but well worth it.  We saved money where we could by opting to paint the interior (never again!), replace the battens under the house, erect a garage and fences plus landscape ourselves.  We organised our own contractors to paint the exterior, do the tiling and polish the floors to make more savings.  It was a busy three years of hard work but we were more than happy with the results.

We completed the landscaping just as I became pregnant with our first child.  Perfect timing to relax and enjoy our family home!  But then we spotted the 'For Sale' sign on a house a few doors down the street...  and as if welcoming our first child into the world wasn't enough to worry about, we purchased another property and listed our home for sale.  I must say it was interesting having real estate agents visit us at the Mater Mothers Hospital to sign contracts and breastfeeding in the car while our house was open for inspection!  We negotiated a 60 day settlement on the sale of our house so that we had this period of time to renovate the new house up to a liveable state for Baby Master H.  Looking back, I don't know how we survived!  We were crazy to inflict this upon ourselves but I'm glad we secured a great property.
4 week old Master H and our Family Home.


  1. Wow, you guys are seriously full on crazy serial renovators aren't you!
    Cannot believe you left that beautiful finished home with a brand new baby to take on a renovators delight. You did an incredible job, the transformation is amazing. I love the grey exterior colour and am choosing my own grey at the moment for Betsy. Would love to know what made you choose your new house over this one? We left a fully renovated workers cottage on a small lot to buy Betsy as we wanted more space and a bigger yard. Our friends thought we were mad but perhaps didn't share our vision of what we could do with th old girl. Like you we painted the whole interior of our last house ourselves and vowed never again but alas the budget has run out so guess what I'll be doing for the next while! Mel x

  2. Looks like you guys have definitely got the "bug". It's funny how renovating a house seems to coincide with pregnancy or the birth of a child. All the best with Family Home No 3. xx

  3. Wow what an amazing transformation! Love it :)


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