Amazing home reno: Bulimba Queenslander makeover a mix of old meets new

first_imgJill Warlow at the Bulimba property she renovated and is now selling. Image: AAP/Claudia Baxter.AS if life as a doctor and mother-of-five isn’t busy enough, somehow Jill Warlow finds the time to indulge in her other passion — home renovation.Her latest passion project in Bulimba is turning heads, even in a suburb already overflowing with restored Queenslander homes.Dr Warlow bought the house at 53 Harrison Street last year through a buyer’s agent who was aware of her love of old Queenslanders. RELATED: Fixer uppers prove hot for buyers BEFORE: The front of the house at 53 Harrison St, Bulimba, before the renovation. AFTER: The back of the house after the renovation.Wall-to-wall glass doors and louvred windows connect the lower level with a decked alfresco pavilion, long glass-framed swimming pool and large lawn.The biggest challenge during the renovation process was mother nature.It rained for two weeks after the hole for the pool had been dug out, and it actually collapsed at one point and had to be redug. “It is so well engineered now that it would not move,” Dr Warlow said. “He said; ‘Oh, Jill, this one’s a great one!’” Dr Warlow said. BEFORE: One of the bedrooms in the house at 53 Harrison St, Bulimba, before the renovation. AFTER: The main bathroom after the renovation.This was Dr Warlow’s sixth building and renovation project.“My grandfather was brought over from Scotland to plan and build Wellington Harbour years ago, so I’ve got this in my blood really,” she said.“I just love real estate. I love old properties.” BEFORE: The main bathroom in the house at 53 Harrison St, Bulimba, before the renovation. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoBEFORE: The back deck on the house at 53 Harrison St, Bulimba, before the renovation.center_img AFTER: The back deck and outdoor entertaining area after the renovation.The original three-bedroom, one-bathroom house has been transformed into a five-bedroom, three-bathroom property.The property was actually in good condition as it was, but Dr Warlow has spared no expense in transforming into a large family home fusing the old with the new. MORE: River home fetches massive price AFTER: One of the bedrooms after the renovation.After recruiting a designer and builder, she set about raising the property and bringing the house forward to make room for a pool and a decent sized backyard, “because that’s what people want”.That required restumping the house and also replacing the roof.The lower level of the home is ultra-modern, with an open-plan living, dining and kitchen space, while the upper level honours the home’s rich history, with its restored VJ walls, decorative timberwork and stained-glass windows. BEFORE: The back of the house at 53 Harrison St, Bulimba, before the renovation. AFTER: The front of the house after the renovation.One inspection later and she knew it was the perfect property. “I’ve always loved the old Queenslanders and I’ve never destroyed a house ever,” Dr Warlow said.“I’m always excited when I get something I can lift and make beautiful and new.” BEFORE: The kitchen in the house at 53 Harrison St, Bulimba, before the renovation. AFTER: The kitchen after the renovation.Dr Warlow said she loved the finished product so much, she had considered keeping it for herself and moving in.Marketing agent Brenton Faehrmann of Place – Bulimba said many buyers were looking for Queenslander homes that had been fully renovated, so that they could reap the benefits of a character home without the maintenance.“If you buy a Queenslander that’s not renovated or hasn’t been for quite some time, there’s a lot of work in maintaining it,” Mr Faehrmann said.“A home like this offers all the benefits of a new home, but with the feel of a Queenslander.”The property is scheduled for auction on Saturday, June 29.RENO FACT CHECKTime taken: 10 months Total spend: $800,000last_img

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