Love It Or List It Australia

Has this Brisbane couple outgrown the renovator’s dream?

It’s surely a part of the Australian dream to have a backyard pool. Can Andrew Winter find this couple’s dream home?

In episode 6 of Love It Or List It Australia, a young Brisbane based couple has had enough of the renovator's life.

Nurse Bec, and primary school teacher Nick have worked hard to perfect their small but charming Queenslander. It’s located about 5km east of the Brisbane CBD, within the hipster suburb of Morningside.

Over the years, they have painted throughout, ripped up the carpet, polished the floorboards, and preened the garden – now they’re ready to take a well-deserved break. They’ve invested blood sweat and tears into the home – so will Andrew convince them to move on, or Neale’s unbeatable approach to design convince them to stay?


For Nick, the home has a few too many limitations. Number one is the lack of backyard swimming pool – an essential part of Brisbane life to be sure.

While Bec is emotionally attached and enjoys life in the little Queenslander with baby Adeline and the family’s snowy white bulldog, both agree some upgrades are needed. The pokey kitchen and bathroom, peeling roof, and closed in space aren’t ideal for the young family.


Neale’s design idea

With the couple’s budget of $90,000, Neale needs to refresh and update the Queenslander and work to maximise its size. On the couple’s wish list is open plan living design, a new kitchen, bigger bathroom, and a ‘man cave’ hideaway for Nick.

So, Neale plans to knock a wall out near the kitchen, and move appliances to create room for a spacious island bench. He’ll also create space for a dining room, and a bigger bathroom and use features in the semi-industrial style that they love. Walls will be painted in greys and dark greens, complimented with accents of brass and timber, and matte black tapware.

Andrews pitch to sell

With a buyer’s budget of $800,000, Andrew must find Bec and Nick a place close to the city, with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a ‘man cave’ – and of course, a pool.

House number 1 in neighbouring suburb Camp Hill is a mustard coloured property with charming stain glass windows. It has a pool, but possibly not enough backyard play space for baby Adeline. It’s within their budget, asking for offers around $800,000.

Andrew’s second option is also in Camp Hill is a similar heritage property with blue and creamy lemon gables, a classic dining room, and a large rear veranda. While it doesn’t have a pool, there’s ample room for one – and a large self-contained flat. It’s spacious, but above the couple’s buying budget at $849,000.

In a spectacular play, Andrew’s final home happens to be the house next door in Morningside. While not on the market, Andrew learned the owners were interested in selling up. It’s Nick and Bec’s dream home with 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and a modern pool.


The verdict

In the end, the couple is wooed by Neale’s design magic – and he’s able to prove this time that home is where the heart is, as Nic and Bec decide to love it.

Watch Love it or List it Australia on Lifestyle, Wednesdays at 8.30pm.

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