House and Home Design - Realestate Passion
AT 108 years old this Woolloongabba worker’s cottage was ripe for modernising when Barry Turp and his partner purchased it over three years ago.
It’s taken them most of that period to complete their renovation of the 19 Flower St home.
“We were keen to keep as much of the original house as possible,” Mr Turp said.
“We pretty much lived in a constant state of decorating, along with working full time.”
The home has classic Queenslander features from polished timber floors to VJ walls and arched fretwork, but the star of the home are the stained glass windows at the back of the home.
“They were a labour of love and took years off my life.
“It took months for me to strip and reput each window, but we really wanted to keep that glass.”
The residence has two bedrooms, one bathroom, and a semi-divided living and dining area, along with a separate kitchen.
Underneath the home is the laundry and a tandem lockup garage.
In the backyard, Mr Turp created a patio, sheltered by a marquee. It is one of his favourite areas of the property.
“We spent all our time at our outdoor setting, having a barbecue with a bottle of wine and fairy lights,” he said.
“We had a free Adele concert two nights in a row in our backyard because of how close we are to the Gabba.”
Mr Turp said the neighbours were friendly and the location was ultra convenient.
“Our neighbours are just fabulous and it’s a lovely, little community area,” he said.
“You can walk to South Bank in under half an hour, as well as to a myriad of cafes.”