CLASSIC WITH A TWIST
FROM THE FRONT IT’S A QUEENSLANDER BUT THERE’S MUCH MORE TO THIS UNIQUE PROPERTY, WRITES SAMANTHA HEALY
Overlooking New Farm Park, this early 1900s character Queenslander has been extended and restored with a modern twist. Called Park View, the house sits on a 749sq m block and was bought by Brett and Terese Tippett in December 2016. The couple oversaw an 18-month transformation led by award-winning design practice AAD and Wrightson Stewart Interior Design. “It was built in 1913 and when we saw it, we just loved its location and we love old Queenslanders,” Mr Tippett said. “They (Queenslander-style houses) have so much history and we wanted to see how it would come up. “It is by far the largest scale renovation we have ever done.” And it truly was a labour of love for the couple, who could not even live in the house for many months. Mr Tippett said that when they inspected the house before purchasing it, he was able to walk underneath the residence. “There were posts holding it up and you could just about push it over,” he said. “It probably hadn’t had any work done in over 50 years.’’ But they persevered, and the couple moved into the stunning, transformed house. Mr Tippett said they never had any intention of selling the property, but it was too large for their needs. He said they had planned to “get carried out of it” but it was time to pass it on to a family who could really enjoy the space. Spread over two vast levels, there are three bedrooms upstairs, including a master suite with a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite. There is also a home office with a built-in library, a family room, a gallery walk overlooking a void, and the open-plan living, dining room and kitchen with a butler’s pantry. The dining room opens out to a deck. Downstairs, there are two further bedrooms, another full kitchen, a bathroom and a combined living and dining area, which could easily be used as self-contained accommodation. The kitchen on this level also opens to an alfresco dining deck overlooking the pool, grassed area and courtyard. There is also a laundry, and a four-car garage on the lower level. Mr Tippett said ensuring the house maintained its character after the renovation was important as they didn’t want it to “look like it was built in 2019”. “I wanted the extension to include the same cladding as the front of the house so it remained timeless,” he said. “In the old part (the original house) we also refurbished all of the traditional features, which is often the most expensive part of a renovation, but we are really proud of the job that has been done.” As for his favourite spaces, Mr Tippett said the front deck was a great spot for people watching. “It’s priceless,” he said. “It overlooks the park, and all of the people who go past, it is an eclectic area, absolutely.” Inside the house, Mr Tippett said the void was a clear winner. “We were inspired by street art in Poland and hired a local street artist for that,” he said. Other features include an outdoor bar with Ziegler & Brown barbecue, a sink and fridge, spotted gum timber and ceilings and silver travertine stone flooring, a wine cellar, ducted and zone airconditioning, plush carpets, built-in storage and stone feature walls. There is also off-street, gated parking for two additional vehicles.