Love, hard work and time transforms Queenslander into dream home
The rumpus room after the renovation. Picture: supplied.“Like with most old Queenslanders, nothing was ever square and the 100-year-old hardwood ensured we broke many a power tool,” she said. “The old kitchen area (was the most challenging). The floor was covered in old black glue from the existing vinyl and we were determined to keep the original floor boards. “It took us weeks of scraping the glue off with a blow torch in the end, so the boards could be sanded and restored to their original beauty.” Jenny and Ben Mears in the new kitchen and lounge room of their completely renovated Kurwongba Queenslander. Picture: Annette DewLOOKING at Ben and Jenny Mears’ Queenslander today it is hard to imagine the couple once had to spend weeks scrapping old glue off timber floorboards to save the original feature.When the couple first laid eyes on their Kurwongbah home more than a decade ago it was painted mint green, had outdated bathrooms and vinyl flooring covered the original floorboards in the kitchen. But Mrs Mears said it was love at first sight. “Being an interior designer and stylist, I could see the potential. My husband could see the work but all I could see was potential,” she said. “It just needed love.” The house at 41 Scout Rd, Kurwongbah before the renovation. Picture: supplied.The triple gabled Queenslander once stood in a Brisbane suburb but was moved to an 8000sq m block at 41 Scout Rd, Kurwongbah in the 1970s. The Mears’ bought the property 11 years ago and moved in with their two sons. The couple said they “chipped away” at the renovation for 10 years. “The first two years were extremely busy and we worked on it nearly every day,” Mrs Mears said. “We did a lot of the work ourselves except for the major building works.“A lot of earth works were done to allow for a shed and front entrance and patio. Nothing in the house was left untouched.” The rumpus room before the renovation. Picture: supplied.There is a dining room and a living area towards the front of the home while a master bedroom, bathroom and office complete the upstairs level. Downstairs there are four more bedrooms, with an ensuite to one, plus a bathroom, laundry, living area, large rumpus room with wet bar and two patios.Mrs Mears said they faced plenty of challenges during the renovation. More from newsNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoNoosa unit prices hit new record high as region booms: REIQ12 hours agoThe home at 41 Scout Road, Kurwongbah, after the renovation. Picture: supplied.The couple redesigned the entire house, added a deck along the back and a double garage at the front, and completely renovated the property throughout. The home retains character features including original timber floors, VJ walls, a bay window and ornate ceilings, but it now has a new open-plan kitchen and meals area opening to the back deck and a lounge room with fireplace where the old kitchen once was. The kitchen before the renovation.Mrs Mears said her favourite spaces in the post-renovation home were the deck and lounge room. “It is very peaceful on the back deck in both summer and winter overlooking the gumtrees and bushland,” she said. “With the fire going in the lounge room, it’s a very cosy space and a great place to unwind at the end of the day with a nice glass of wine.” And while Mr and Mrs Mears love their Kurwongbah Queenslander they have decided to downsize and have listed the property for sale through Georgie Haug of Belle Property Samford.