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Transformed! 560 Lauren gets a Make Over!

Posted by hrqld on April 30, 2019

Ok, so the pic was for attention….. she’s not there yet…

Right Hand Gabled Queenslander… and so it begins

When Arthur first bought this Gabled Queenslander I wondered what he had done… in fact I asked him that several times while shaking my head.  I can finally say now, I can see what he saw back then.

This home has been around nearly 100 years or so. I would love to know the exact provenance of the house but we may never find out. It was recently owned by the Fancutt family, famous in the Tennis world and it was located near their tennis courts in Lutwyche, Brisbane. At some point, the Fancutts (we believe), renovated the house and made it into three flats to house the students that were on scholarship at their tennis school. Yes, they were little flats, but what did you need other than a bed, kitchen and bathroom and to be close to the tennis court?

Moving on, the tennis courts and houses are making way for a large retirement facility close to shops and public transport so we stepped in to save this once beautiful home.  Now safely tucked into our holding yard, we have had the asbestos removed from the built in verandah and opened it up to restore the verandah to its former glory.

Borer damaged floorboards getting replaced

In stripping away years (and layers) of flooring we discovered the hardwood floor on the verandah to be in excellent condition, not so much with the floor in the lounge however. Years of traffic and some borers with a taste for Hoop Pine have taken their toll on the lounge so we decided to strip out all the nasty and replace the whole floor in the lounge and hall…. a huge job but well worth it when you see the light pine boards ready for polishing.

New Floors laid! Stunning Hoop Pine

We even have a pile of newspapers from under the Lino from March 1958..

So on with the reno…

Nev, our fabulous handyman (a self-confessed traditionalist) has taken off all the sheeting that divided the flats and uncovered the original doorways and taken the hallway back to it’s original 1500mm wide (instead of the sheeted 1200mm version). He has replaced lengths of VJ’s in the walls where they had made doorways and restored the doorways to their hallway openings. He has even moved a window into the study from the last bedroom so that all the windows are matching and have matching window hoods.

So finally, we are getting to the point that the house is ready for the new owner to take over and add their style to the renovation. Could that be you? This home has three large double bedrooms plus a study (or single bedroom), a large sleep out, a provision for ensuite or WIR to the front bedroom, and 1.5 bathrooms! I absolutely love the layout to this house now, all the spaces flow well into the next one and the Lounge, Kitchen/Dining areas all open to each other, ready for modern living.

560 Lauren is 147m sq. under roof (including the verandah)…. here are some before and during reno photos….


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