Look at it now! 31 Brook St in South Brisbane has had a new lease on life
Look at it now! 31 Brook St in South Brisbane has had a new lease on life

Old meets new in modern reno

THIS cottage, built in the early 1900s, has been fully renovated but if you look closely you can still see some of the old world charm.

The six bedroom house at 31 Brook St in South Brisbane is owned by Leah Mienert and her family, and was restored over a year, with a modern extension giving it a new lease on life.

"I bought it back in 2011 but it was in a demolition control precinct so we had to maintain the cottage," she said.

"It had been used as a rental and already been extended so it was a bit of rabbit warren.

"We stripped it right back and renovated it and I am so glad we did because it really gives it some uniqueness and blends in with the local area."

Before the renovation
Before the renovation

Ms Mienert said the renovation had been a worthwhile challenge, saying it was important to respect the local heritage.

And the results speak for themselves.

The architecturally-designed house is now a contemporary six bedroom residence, with four bathrooms.

The ultra modern extension at the rear of the original house
The ultra modern extension at the rear of the original house

Entry to the top floor is via staircase on to a covered veranda. A hallway leads to four bedrooms and a family bathroom at the front of the house, a study and the main bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and ensuite.

On the upper floor, there is a state of the art kitchen with Quantum Quartz benchtops, a large

central island bench with bar seating, streamlined cabinets, a glass window splashback and top

of the range appliances.

The kitchen before the reno
The kitchen before the reno

Wide sliding doors lead from the living area out to a pool, a terrace, and there is another deck with built-in gas barbecue off the kitchen.

On the ground level, there is space for three vehicles, a guest bedroom, a second living area, a laundry and bathroom.

The original living room
The original living room

Other features include ceiling fans in all rooms, ducted airconditioning on level one with the top floor enjoying natural breezes, a mix of timber floorboards, ceramic tiles and carpet, and a carport with storage and rainwater tank.

Ms Mienert said they had loved living at the property but had bought another "reno delight" close by.

"I must be mad," she said.

She said she would be sad to leave the property, saying it was a "wonderful area to raise a family".

The house is being marketed by Jason Adcock of Adcock Prestige.

The kitchen now ... wow!
The kitchen now ... wow!
The new living area in the extension
The new living area in the extension


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