Tuesday, 21 May 2019

How a thoughtful renovation brought this Kelvin Grove family house back to life

It’s fair to say that when a house has been in the one family since it was built in 1910, there’s a lot of love attached to it.

And so it was when Elizabeth Hagley and her husband Danny purchased that heirloom, 13 Prospect Terrace, Kelvin Grove, from her family eight years ago.

The house, an adorable weatherboard cottage perched on the city fringe, had been passed down through a number of family members and left largely untouched before the couple bought it.

“It’s been in our family for four generations,” Ms Hagley said. “Various people were born there, married there and grew up there.”

undefined13 Prospect Terrace, Kelvin Grove, had been a student share house for many years before the Hagley’s bought it and was badly in need of some love.

By the time the Hagley’s bought it in 2008, it had been a share house for a number of years and was badly in need of some love.

“It had become quite decrepit from being a share house for so long, and we knew when we bought it we were going to have to renovate,” Ms Hagley said.

We lived two doors down at the time but we didn’t live in it before renovating because of the state it was in.”

The couple knew, familial attachments aside, that the character-listed house had incredible potential.

undefinedOut the back at 13 Prospect Terrace, Kelvin Grove, during the renovation.

“We used to have all these architectural students living there when it was a share house and there would always be one of them wanting to buy it and remodel it, because they’d dreamed about restoring it,” Ms Hagley said.

“We were excited to make the most of the city views and restore things like the brick fireplace and the original chimney.

“So we had to preserve it legally — there’s a run of workers cottages there — but also emotionally, because of my family connection.”

The couple engaged local architect Elizabeth Watson-Brown, who worked closely with them to preserve and restore the original character of the house, while also extending the footprint.

undefinedThe back of 13 Prospect Terrace, Kelvin Grove, since being renovated.

The house was raised and extended and now has four bedrooms and two bathrooms, with sophisticated, open living spaces and multiple outdoor entertainment options to make the most of the views.

The sleek, luxury kitchen sits comfortably beside the original brick fireplace, while the extensive use of glass has filled the house with natural light.

There were the usual challenges involved with renovating an historic house, like sticking to a budget and keeping to a timeframe, but the end product was all the reward needed, Ms Hagley said.

“It’s very beautiful. For me, the highlight is definitely the kitchen looking out to Brisbane and the jacaranda tree,” she said.

undefinedInside 13 Prospect Terrace, Kelvin Grove.

“My family think it’s beautiful and they love the fact we’ve taken advantage of the views, which the house hadn’t previously.”

After 108 years, 13 Prospect Terrace will leave the family after the Hagley’s decided it was time to move on. It’s listed for sale with Judi O’Dea of SPACE Property agents, who described it as “one of the prettiest” renovations she had ever seen.

“What they’ve done here is simply gorgeous and the feel of the house is so inviting. It’s easy living, right on the doorstep of the CBD, Kelvin Grove State College and QUT,” she said.

undefinedThe historic brick fireplace was kept and built around at 13 Prospect Terrace, Kelvin Grove.

Other notable features include a Paradox home security system, blackbutt polished hardwood timber floors, an automated sprinkler system for front and back gardens and a six-burner barbecue built into the stone bench on the rear deck.

undefinedA thoughtful renovation: 13 Prospect Terrace, Kelvin Grove as it stands today.Source: https://www.domain.com.au/news/thoughtful-renovation-brought-kelvin-grove-family-heirloom-back-life-765814/

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