116 Blackwood Ave Morningside renovation fast tracked

116 Blackwood Ave Morningside renovation fast tracked

It was a “blessing in disguise” when the tenants of Luke and Kate Whitehouse’s investment property moved out last year.


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Mr Whitehouse, a qualified electrician, said they were expecting their first baby to arrive in April, so altogether their original plans for the home had to speed up.

“It wasn’t quite what we intended to do, but our situation had changed, so we kind of decided it was a blessing that they moved out and it enabled us to do a quick flip on it,” he said.

This is the third renovation for the duo, but the first in Morningside and the second one they have lived in throughout the process.

“Both our other two properties were in Camp Hill, and they were for profit,” he said.

“I don’t know that you’d call it hobby, although it kind of turns into as it occupies more time than any other hobby that exist.”

They purchased 116 Blackwood Ave, Morningside because of the neighbourhood surrounding it — despite the lack of street appeal the home originally had.

“What attracted us to that one is that it’s in a dead-end street with the bushland right there, with the city views and the quiet neighbourhood,” he said.

“Also, the flight path is going to move, that’s only a couple of years away and you won’t be underneath the flight path anymore.”


With a background in construction, Mr Whitehouse said he had the ability to envisage what this home could become upon a simple house inspection.

“It definitely had no street appeal,” he said.

“We overcame that by replacing the 70s-style glass sliding windows with cross hatch windows on the front, creating balustrading and a front fence and a better colour scheme.”

“We ripped up all the grass out the back and created a useful space.

“It’s quite a big backyard for a 405 (sq m block), and we made it a family friendly backyard.”

Inside, they knocked down a few walls to create an open-plan design and installed a new kitchen and laundry.

“When we ripped a wall out, we created an island bench and tidied the kitchen up and all the polished (timber) floors have been re-done and all the bedrooms have been recarpeted,” he said.

The biggest challenge was the asbestos in three walls that had to be removed.

“I underestimated to achieve what we wanted to achieve with removing the walls,” Mr Whitehouse said.

“Although, it’s not as expensive as everyone thinks — it was $4500 for asbestos removal for the sections we removed.”

The wall removal was a win, opening up the home to take advantage of the city views, which was now Mr Whitehouses’s favourite part of the home.

Outside of that, he said the rest of the project was fairly “straight forward”.

“We kind of knew what we wanted to do with it in terms of renovating and styling,” he said.

“The styling is more of Kate’s cup of tea and expertise.”

While they did much of the work themselves, Mr Whitehouse said they had qualified painters, tilers and carpenters carry out work on the home.

He said when looking to renovate he always relied on the “old cliche” of buying the ugliest house on a good street.

“I look for somewhere that families would be happy to live,” he said.

“In the location — is it walking distance to the cafe? To the dog park? In a dead-end street? Near the bushland? Where a family would like to be.”


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The property is listed for sale with Patrick Goldsworthy at Place Woollongabba. It will go to auction onsite on March 9, at 11am. Phone 0413 345 755 for more information


T ime Taken: 2 Months

Total Spent: More than $60,000

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