Kirsten and Brad Smith took one look at the “baby poo” coloured house in front of them and knew it was their next project.
They looked past the yellow paint, bare yard and pokey kitchen and bathroom and saw a well-maintained, well-built home.
Five years after buying the former housing commission property at 52 Lawn Street, Holland Park, the transformation is complete.
The result is a stunning family home with five bedrooms, multiple living areas and a seamless indoor/outdoor design incorporating a pool and covered deck.
“We were looking for a project and this turned out to be a really big one,” Ms Smith said.
“We were looking for that blank canvas and this was it.”
The renovation took three years “on and off” and Ms Smith estimates the project would have cost about $300,000.
“We had periods of being unmotivated and running out of money,” she admits.
They didn’t actually spend that much because her husband is a carpenter.
It was a mammoth and meticulous job — one that at times took its toll on the couple.
“The hardest part was still staying married!” Ms Smith said.
“It’s just so stressful.
“You do argue about what should go where.
“To look at it now and think ‘oh my goodness’, from where we started, it’s such a transformation, even beyond our expectations.”
She is most proud of the parents’ retreat they created upstairs, with the entire level dedicated to the master suite with custom walk-in robe, laundry chute and ensuite with free standing bath.
The home sits on 645sq m of landscaped gardens in a quiet street opposite a park.