WE JUMPED IN AT THE DEEP END
Alison and her family took the chance to start over when their forever home was irreparably water-damaged.
“I gravitate towards colour. It makes me happy.”
“OUR COLONIAL-STYLE two-storey house was built in the ’80s and was a little dated when we purchased it five years ago. We loved the family friendly area and the location (30 minutes from Brisbane’s CBD) and ended up moving in when Finn was only a week old. I was that desperate to get rid of the existing blue and yellow walls that I painted them with Finn in my arms! We also replaced the carpet upstairs but we felt we could live with the rest. And we did – until we were called back early from a family vacation in late 2014 due to water damage to our house.
START FROM SCRATCH
We quite simply had no idea of the devastation we would walk into. A hose in the ensuite had burst and water had completely flooded the top floor, causing it to collapse. We did the only thing we could do: make the best out of the situation and see it as a great opportunity to update the house.
The whole house needed to be gutted – we opened up the kitchen, dining and living areas and built a larger, more functional kitchen. We also expanded all of the doors and throughways, creating a feeling of open space.”
“The Kmart round mirror was only $19,” Ally says. “I loved it and thought I didn’t need it but I bought it anyway and ended up finding the perfect spot for it!”