Hot tips for a beautiful home restoration

Posted: 9am 06 Mar 2019

Careful renovation has transformed the post-war house of Stacey and Dom Chicoteau into a home renovated for modern living, without sacrificing the character that makes it special.

The couple loved the 1950s three-bedroom house they purchased seven years ago, but decided the time was right to embark on a major renovation that included widening and lengthening the structure, and adding a deck.

The result is amazing, and follows detailed planning and good communication with the Daydream Building Innovations from Brendale.

“It has brought the outside in and made it more of an entertaining house,” Stacey says.

“I think that’s what we missed in this house, having a deck and what it brings to a house. The house was perfectly liveable, however we wanted a more open floor plan than you normally get in a post-war home.”

They now have a new, larger kitchen with two-fold doors and a timber bar, a larger master bedroom with ensuite, and a new main bathroom that opens onto the deck.

“We are totally in love with the ‘new’ house. The open plan and much bigger kitchen suits our lifestyle to a tee and having an ensuite is amazing,” Stacey says.

The work in total only taking approximately three months.

Dave Pyke from Daydream Building Innovations says he felt a sense of accomplishment when the project was finished.

While the work was being done the couple moved out but kept in close contact with their builder.

Stacey even created mood boards for each room so there was no confusion as to how each of them wanted to look.

They also wanted to preserve the stone work of the home, created by its original owner, who had just happened to be a stonemason.

“The stonework was one of our favourite things about the house, so the first thing we told Dave was that no stone was to be removed and the new had to blend in with the existing parts that were not changed,” Stacey recalls. Which the team achieved perfectly.

Having a clear idea of what you want to achieve from a renovation is key to achieve the result that everybody loves according to Stacey.

“The homeowner is equally responsible for the outcome. There needs to be good communication with the builder and vice versa,” she says.

Dave agrees, adding that experienced constructors may also give suggestions that you may not have expected, so it also helps to be open to new ideas.

Dave’s top 5 tips

1. Have a good idea of what you’re after before engaging a builder, this helps the process evolve as you go along

2. Be open to ideas from your builder. A good builder can help with cost saving and ideas when you get stuck

3. Allow up to five per cent on top of your budget for unforeseen extras

4. Before engaging a builder, check they have correct insurance and are qualified

5. Have fun with it, this should be an exciting time in your life. Trust your builder to deliver a great result



Here’s Cheers to Working with Dad in the Family Business

Thomas Honnef’s family has had a connection with wine for as long as he can remember, so sharing the ups and downs of winemaking with his daughter Hannah is particularly special…

Spring gardening tips

Spring’s the season most green thumbs live for, when our gardens come back to life after winter.…

More you might like:


Local Stories   •   8-1-2018  •   Kylie Knight

Why Buying a Chook is More than a Transaction

Ingrid Dimock comes close to being a mother hen to “her girls” and firmly believes buying a chook should be an experience, not a transaction.…

Local Stories   •   11-6-2018  •   Kylie Knight

Expert Tips to Make Growing Vegetables at Home Easy

Growing vegetables in your own home patch is rewarding and a valuable life lesson for children. Peter Popenko from The Plant Shack at Deception Bay says autumn and winter are the best seasons for many of our favourite European vegetables like cabbage…

Local Stories   •   29-6-2018  •   Kylie Knight

Grand Scale Restoration Transforms Entire Street

Moving and renovating one Queenslander is challenging, so imagine what’s involved in restoring eight. And imagine them all in the one street.…

Local Stories   •   18-7-2018  •   Kylie Knight

Designs to Make You Say ‘Bugger Me’

They say one man’s trash is another’s treasure and this is certainly the case for John Dehey — the end result is enough to make you say, “bugger me!”.…

Home DIY   •   7-8-2018  •   Kylie Knight

Designer Shares Secrets to Creating a Cosy Home this Winter

Think cushions, throws, ottomans, rugs, texture and deep colours and you’ll be on the right track to creating a cosy vibe at your place this winter.…

Gardening   •   15-9-2018  •   Kylie Knight

Kitchen garden offers plenty for your table

There's nothing like eating the produce you've grown in your own backyard and the vegie patch seems to be enjoying a revival.…

Your free local community newspaper, home delivered fortnightly.

Read Latest Edition