What a transformation
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.