This particular Open House may look more than just a little familiar. With the kitchen and bathroom having been featured on est previously, this renovated Queenslander located in Brisbane’s northside suburb of Kedron is the latest home to have undergone a complete transformation by our Editor at Large, Sian MacPherson.
Sitting smack bang in the middle of ‘The Avenue’, this expansive two storey home sits proudly on a large double block in a dead end street leading down to the Kedron Brook parklands. Recognising a diamond in the rough after first laying eyes on the once neglected home, Sian set her style discerning eye upon creating a contemporary living space that would act as both a retreat and sanctuary from busy modern day life
Spread across two levels, the five bedroom, two bathroom home with added powder room offers up seperate living areas for both parents and children. Polished timber floor boards stained in Black Japan with a matt finish, run throughout the entire top level of the home adding a sense of sophistication and refinement to the traditional Queenslander style of architecture.
Looking out over the surrounding treetops, the upstairs level catches the breeze from every angle thanks to beautifully restored casement windows featured on every external wall. Light filled and serene, the upstairs living area boasts an open plan living and dining area with a kitchen and butlers pantry flowing out to a generously sized timber deck. The stone covered bench tops and splash back in pale grey together with the black matt tapware add a subtle colour graduation from the pure white, streamlined cabinetry. Featuring a suite of Smeg appliances, the kitchen is fitted for easy indoor/outdoor entertaining with enough room for the family to gather for casual meals around the island bench. A convenient butlers pantry located just off the kitchen houses enough room for a double door fridge, a large food pantry and extra storage as well as a stone bench top area to house the ubiquitous toaster and kettle.
Painted throughout in half strength Lexicon from Dulux, the home has received a fresh new lease on life and now sits proudly on the large double block surrounded by established trees and a verdant green garden.
Capturing tree top views from every angle, the open plan kitchen features Smeg appliances and an all important stone covered island bench from Essastone by Laminex for easy entertaining and casual family meals.
Upstairs, parents don’t have to sacrifice luxury, with their own retreat – including walk in robe and oversized ensuite – found at the end of the hallway. Just doors away from the peaceful parklands that run down to Kedron Brook, peaceful and serene living can truly be taken for granted here.
Connecting the traditional Queenslander architecture style found upstairs with the double brick extension down below, is a light filled, painted timber lined stairwell that has been carpeted in robust seagrass flooring to add an extra layer of texture to the home. A second living area opening up to the backyard and patio, the main bathroom and laundry and four extra bedrooms can be found on the ground floor. Here, the once exposed brick walls have been covered with a bagged concrete render and painted white to allow for an added layer of character and charm to the home.
What used to be a dark and lack lustre level has been given a new lease of life; ceilings have been raised to add extra height to the downstairs bedroom and living areas, and the floors having been painstakingly stripped back and then coated with a durable epoxy with a matt sealer finish. Perfect for Queensland indoor/outdoor living and the demands of busy family life, the hardy and durable white epoxy floor is soft and smooth underfoot while also a dream to keep clean with a simple sweep of the floors being all that is required.
Oversized windows create a seamless connection to the expansive garden and create a beautiful light filled glow to the downstairs bedrooms and living areas.
The main bathroom downstairs features a free standing bath and a shower recess tiled in grey stone tiles from floor to ceiling. Sticking to the overarching white, grey and black colour palette, white plantation shutters, black tapware and a white stone covered, double sink vanity complete the fresh new look for the generously sized bathroom.