Old Queens­lan­der trans­formed into mod­ern re­treat

It was once a mod­est Queens­lan­der but ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tions have turned it into a mod­ern, dou­ble-storey re­treat

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - Property - - FRONT PAGE - WORDS PAIGE CARFRAE

MORE than a decade ago, a mod­est Queens­lan­der was trans­formed into a mod­ern fam­ily re­treat.

Ch­eryl and John Cof­fey bought the home at 4/12 Han­del Ave 16 years ago, when it was just a sin­gle-storey Queens­lan­der.

Af­ter sev­eral years liv­ing in the house, in 2007 the fam­ily un­der­took the mas­sive task of trans­form­ing it.

“We pulled it back to con­crete ground and four walls,” Mrs Cof­fey said. From there, they be­gan con­struct­ing the two-level house.

Must haves were a large laun­dry, a big wardrobe and loads of stor­age.

“There had to be enough space that the lit­tle kids could grow into teenagers and have their own space,” Mrs Cof­fey said. “Ev­ery­one had to have their own bath­rooms and we ticked all the boxes so I have no re­grets.”

Al­though hard to choose, Mrs Cof­fey’s favourite room was the main bed­room as it was like a re­treat.

Out­side are mul­ti­ple en­ter­tain­ment ar­eas, in­clud­ing one with a tep­pa­nyaki bar, and an in­ground re­sort-style pool and pool house.

The fam­ily is now down­siz­ing.

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