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.

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“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.”

Shop smart

“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!”

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