See more of the fantastic makeover of the Middle Ridge house in regional Queensland.
This week's house is an A-frame cabin built by the Guards in their beloved Swedish style, and it sits proudly atop a hill where it overlooks the surrounding valley. Over time, the kids grew up and moved out; the carpet aged and faded; spaces were unutilised and views become closed off due to the ever-growing bush land.
Shockingly in 2014, Paul, Amanda and David’s parents were tragically killed in the MH17 Malaysian Airlines tragedy. What an emotional struggle it must have been to decide to sell their family home of 30 years.
With gentle hands and genuine respect, it was time to help start a new chapter for the Guard family by updating this precious property and moving it into a new family’s hands for more stories to be written and new adventures to be had. Here are some of the impressive improvements Andrew, Charlie and Shaynna made to the house.
Summary of Works – Interior
Shaynna had two main living areas to work with. Downstairs the kitchen, dining and lounge areas were quite segregated. So by removing a wall, Shaynna created a more open plan living and galley style kitchen, which created a sense of space of comfort. Flat pack kitchen cabinetry was installed along with a timber kitchen benchtop, to tie in with the warmth of the timber house.
The timber flooring was stripped back and polished to compliment the A-frame lodge look. And the striking view and wrap around deck needed easier access, so new bushfire rated bifold doors were installed.
Upstairs, soft new carpet was installed. And to help combat the Queensland heat, ceiling fans were installed along with new dual roller blinds with sunscreen fabric.
Summary of Works – Exterior
The house and property had great opportunities for Charlie to enhance the already exciting outdoor areas.
New paint and gorgeous outdoor furniture enhanced the decking. But the biggest changes happened poolside. Several large trees were cleverly removed to open up a perfect area to extend the pool deck and lay some turf.
Old bricks were used to define a path which leads to the front entrance. The property was transformed, while keeping the distinct woodland retreat feel.