Amazing reno: No expense spared in incredible home transformation

first_imgBEFORE: Inside the original house at 12 Wordsworth St, Bulimba. BEFORE: Nicole and Michael Sipinkoski when they first bought the house at 12 Wordsworth St, Bulimba. AFTER: The kitchen in the house at 12 Wordsworth St, Bulimba, after the renovation.As if renovating a home isn’t hard enough, the couple also decided to get married and have a baby in the midst of the chaos.Their daughter, Isla, is now eight months old.“I remember saying to the tradies that there was a good chance they’d be driving me to the hospital if they hung around much longer,” Mrs Sipinkoski said.The pair rented down the road before moving in when the project was around 90 per cent finished and Isla was a newborn.“Outside was still a construction site, but (Isla) now sleeps through anything!” Mr Sipinkoski said. AFTER: The view from one of the outdoor terraces after the renovation.Mr Sipinkoski’s father came out of retirement as a builder to help with the project.“That’s why it’s finished so perfectly,” Mrs Sipinkoski said.“All the tradies we used have all been artists.”Almost every feature of the house has been replaced with care — including all the original weatherboards.“The more we stripped, the more we found wrong, so we decided at a point in time just to redo everything,” Mr Sipinkoski said. BEFORE: The back of the house at 12 Wordsworth St, Bulimba, before it was renovated. AFTER: The indoor/outdoor living and dining area of the house after the renovation.The end result is a meticulously designed, planned and executed family home with five bedrooms and four bathrooms over two levels.No expense has been spared on fixtures and finishes, including imported French oak parquetry flooring, a raked feature ceiling, 26 sqm of Calacutta stone benchtops, 2 Pac coated joinery and designer pendant lights.Fully-concealable sliding doors lead out to the back deck from the main living area, which overlooks the landscaped backyard, in-ground swimming pool and lawn space. Designed for entertaining, the outdoor kitchen is equipped with a built-in six-burner stainless steel barbecue. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoBEFORE: The view from the original sun room in the house at 12 Wordsworth St, Bulimba, before it was renovated. BEFORE: Inside the house at 12 Wordsworth St, Bulimba, before it was renovated. AFTER: The house at 12 Wordsworth St, Bulimba, after the renovation.The couple has completed half a dozen renovations in Victoria and Queensland and have both worked in the property and construction industry for more than 12 years.Mr Sipinkoski is a construction manager for Hutchinson Builders, while his wife is involved in marketing, styling and designing high-end property developments.They took on their first project together just six months into their relationship and haven’t stopped. From concept, design and construction to interiors and timeless finishes, it’s a shared passion. “This is our life,” Mr Sipinkoski said.“Even when we’re on holiday we’re thinking about (renovating),” Mrs Sipinkoski said. BEFORE: The bathroom/laundry in the original house at 12 Wordsworth St, Bulimba. AFTER: One of the bathrooms in the house after the renovation.As with any renovation, they encountered challenges, such as underpinning the original house — much of which was inaccessible by machine so had to be done by hand.The project took longer than expected because the couple were prepared to wait for the right tradespeople to deliver the standard of work they wanted.“We are perfectionists,” Mrs Sipinkoski said.“For us, quality is always something that we prioritise.“We finish each project as if we’re going to live in it.” AFTER: Inside the house at 12 Wordsworth St, Bulimba, after the renovation.The house they have renovated, which was deemed to be one of the worst in the entire suburb at the time, has been completely transformed.Only the second house built in the street in 1906, traditional aspects of the character-listed home have been preserved.“We really wanted to hero the old house,” Mr Sipinkoski said.“That’s why we picked timeless finishes like the herringbone parquetry,” Mrs Sipinkoski said. BEFORE: The front of the house at 12 Wordsworth St, Bulimba, before it was renovated. AFTER: The back of the house at 12 Wordsworth St, Bulimba, after the renovation.The main kitchen features SMEG appliances, an 84-bottle wine rack and a wine fridge. On this level is also a study, storeroom, powder room and a Spanish, nickel-fronted gas fireplace.Downstairs are the home’s five bedrooms, with the master featuring an ensuite, walk-in wardrobe and private courtyard.The Sipinkoskis are now moving to the Gold Coast to start their next project, so it is time to sell.“When you renovate so many times, you get to a point where you say; ‘I’m never doing this again’ — but we are!,” Mrs Sipinkoski said.“It’s probably been the hardest one we’ve ever done, but it’s been a real joy to see it come to fruition.”The property is being offered to the market by Sarah Hackett of Place – Bulimba via a tender process closing March 28.RENO FACT CHECKTime taken: 18 monthsTotal spend: $1.4m Nicole and Michael Sipinkoski at the house they have renovated and are now selling in Bulimba.MICHAEL and Nicole Sipinkoski were sitting at the kitchen table of their Melbourne home having breakfast when they bought their latest passion project ‘sight unseen’ in an entirely different state.Mr Sipinkoski’s father had attended nearly 50 auctions in Brisbane on the couple’s behalf before bidding on a rundown Queenslander in Bulimba.“We’d just finished a similar project in Richmond and were looking to move back to Brisbane, so my Dad was the one going to all these auctions,” Mr Sipinkoski said.“He was sick of it. He said; ‘This is your last weekend!’“We had registered to bid a minute before an auction started for a home in Greenslopes, but at the last minute Dad said ‘No, I think the Bulimba one is better.” AFTER: The front of the house at 12 Wordsworth St, Bulimba, after the renovation.That was in early 2016.The couple celebrated their purchase of 12 Wordsworth Street with a two month trip to Europe.“We came back on July 30 and started work on the house the next day,” Mr Sipinkoski said.“I spent the whole two months sketching on a pad.“I had a design team ready to go and we had plans in for development approval while we were in Europe.” BEFORE: The gutted kitchen in the original house at 12 Wordsworth St, Bulimba.last_img

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