Holy chic!

What a trans­for­ma­tion

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

BRING­ING a touch of Man­hat­tan chic to As­cot was al­ways go­ing to be a bold move, but Ross and Rachelle McLen­nan pulled it off.

The Bris­bane cou­ple have trans­formed a dated, 1980s brick home into a mod­ern mar­vel on a blue-chip street lined with char­ac­ter homes.

“I wanted a New York/ Man­hat­tan style,” Mrs McLen­nan said. Think blonde oak floor­ing, black, alu­minium fin­ishes and clean lines.

“Noth­ing fussy,” she said.

The McLen­nans bought the prop­erty at 19 Up­per Lan­caster Rd, As­cot, in mid-2016 and spent a year ren­o­vat­ing it.

Mrs McLen­nan, an in­te­rior de­signer, said she saw the home’s po­ten­tial on first in­spec­tion. “It hadn’t been on the mar­ket long, maybe a week, and when I walked in, I just knew,” she said. “It just had the right feel to it.”

What fol­lowed was a year­long labour of love for Mrs McLen­nan and her hus­band, a re­frig­er­a­tion me­chanic.

“We got stuck into straight away,” she said.

“We did some sketch lay­outs of what we wanted and en­gaged ar­chi­tect Re­nee Dunn. I hands­ketched all the join­ery and gave it to her.”

They gutted the in­te­rior of the house, added an en­tire wing on the west­ern side, a games room out the back and a bar­be­cue pav­il­ion.

“I think what first drew me to the prop­erty was that when you walked out the back it was to­tally se­cluded and pri- it vate,” Mrs McLen­nan said. “I just wanted a mas­sive en­ter­tain­ing area out the back.”

The en­trance was orig­i­nally around the side and the drive­way up the back, so, to make the most of the 834sq m block, they moved the garage to the front of the prop­erty.

They moved the en­try to the front and cre­ated a void us­ing banks of glass.

“We wanted to cre­ate more of a de­fined en­try to the house,” she said. “We also wanted that wow fac­tor when

BOLD MOVE: Ross and Rachelle McLen­nan trans­formed a 1980s brick home into a mod­ern mar­vel with an out­door en­ter­tain­ment area, while clean lines fea­ture in the in­te­rior.

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