DIY expert transforms ‘asbestos-riddled’ cottage into a stunning modern home in seven months

A builder with a knack for design has completely overhauled an ‘asbestos-riddled’ cottage in Brisbane and turned it into a stunning modern home.

Robert Clouston, from Multiplex, said the structure of the cottage was ‘really bad’ when he bought the property in December 2017.

But now, the property is an architectural masterpiece – complete with five bedrooms, four bathrooms and panoramic views of the city.

A builder with a knack for design has completely overhauled an 'asbestos-riddled' cottage in Brisbane and turned it into a stunning modern home (exterior pictured before)

A builder with a knack for design has completely overhauled an ‘asbestos-riddled’ cottage in Brisbane and turned it into a stunning modern home (exterior pictured before)

The property is now an architectural masterpiece (pictured) after - complete with five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a stunning saltwater pool

The property is now an architectural masterpiece (pictured) after – complete with five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a stunning saltwater pool

Builder Robert said the property required a lot of work when he got his hands on it, and he had to completely re-do the roof (exterior pictured after)

Builder Robert said the property required a lot of work when he got his hands on it, and he had to completely re-do the roof (exterior pictured after)

Robert said the property required a lot of work when he got his hands on it:

‘There was asbestos in the bathroom. I had to re-do the roof, the floors were OK in some parts. The cottage ended up being lifted by five metres to allow for another level underneath,’ he told Real Estate.

He added an extra three bedrooms to the house, and added an extension out the back of the existing cottage.

‘It was a good area and there was the potential to have a great view,’ he told the publication.

‘I think the access to the block and steepness of the hill turned people off.’

But Robert (pictured in the midst of the renovation) said he was ready to roll up his sleeves and get involved with transforming the cottage

But Robert (pictured in the midst of the renovation) said he was ready to roll up his sleeves and get involved with transforming the cottage

Impressive features within the property include an impressive statement hand crafted terrazzo bench situated in the outdoor space, which is perfect for entertaining (pictured)

Impressive features within the property include an impressive statement hand crafted terrazzo bench situated in the outdoor space, which is perfect for entertaining (pictured)

'The cottage ended up being lifted by five metres to allow for another level underneath,' Robert said (exterior pictured after)

‘The cottage ended up being lifted by five metres to allow for another level underneath,’ Robert said (exterior pictured after)

To transform the property, Robert first enlisted the help of the esteemed Brisbane architects, Twohill and James, as well as the award-winning landscape architect Dan Young (exterior pictured after)

To transform the property, Robert first enlisted the help of the esteemed Brisbane architects, Twohill and James, as well as the award-winning landscape architect Dan Young (exterior pictured after)

To transform the property, Robert first enlisted the help of the esteemed Brisbane architects, Twohill and James, as well as the award-winning landscape architect Dan Young.

Working with them, they installed $100,000 worth of timber windows, as well as an internal garden within the property and a saltwater pool.

‘The most expensive parts of the renovation was the kitchen and the bathroom,’ Robert said.

All up, he spent $1.3 million on the renovation. 

The bare bones of the cottage were good (exterior pictured before) as it boasted impressive views and had a large garden space

The bare bones of the cottage were good (exterior pictured before) as it boasted impressive views and had a large garden space

The renovation cost him $1.3 million, and the most expensive areas were the kitchen and the bathroom. He spent $100,000 on timber windows (pictured)

The renovation cost him $1.3 million, and the most expensive areas were the kitchen and the bathroom. He spent $100,000 on timber windows (pictured)

'It was a good area and there was the potential to have a great view,' Robert said (pictured: one of the bedrooms)

‘It was a good area and there was the potential to have a great view,’ Robert said (pictured: one of the bedrooms)

While the existing structure was 'really bad' when the property was bought in 2017, it is barely recognisable now (ground floor pictured)

While the existing structure was ‘really bad’ when the property was bought in 2017, it is barely recognisable now (ground floor pictured)

Other impressive features within the property include an impressive statement hand crafted terrazzo bench situated in the outdoor space, which is perfect for entertaining.

Terrazzo has also been used in the kitchen on the worktops, while the house features a stylish butler’s pantry.

Speaking about the property which is currently up for sale, real estate agent Sharon Campbell said you can barely see the old cottage in the new home:

‘Possibly the most recognisable part is the roof, which still looks a little like the original cottage,’ she said.

To find out more about the property, you can visit the Real Estate listing here

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