An 1918 cottage has be restored to its former glory

first_img11 Bardsley Ave, Greenslopes“They stuck old newspapers in the walls to insulate back then,” Mrs Stephensen said.With her husband’s building business booming, they have made the difficult decision to find a larger property to suit their needs.The home will be auctioned on-site on Friday, February 2, at 7pm.It is listed through Juliet Brooks and Lauren McHutchison, of Ray White – Moorooka. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by 11 Bardsley Ave, GreenslopesThe renovation slowly transformed the home in a way that added and expanded on everything it already had, while still retaining its character.Polished timber floorings and a renovated bathroom were just some of the eye-catching additions that lifted the home out of the World War I era it was built in.The most notable change was when the house was raised, which expanded the floorspace by adding an extra storey.The lower level includes three extra bedrooms, a laundry and its own living area.During the renovation they uncovered a few unexpected things from the home’s extensive history. Nicole and Shane Stephensen at their Greenslopes home which will be auctioned on February 2. Picture: AAP/ Ric Frearson.When Nicole Stephensen picked up an old Queenslander at 11 Bardsley Ave on a corner at Greenslopes in 2005, she did not think all that much of it.The house was functional, but very old, and she was more interested in its location than anything else.It was two bedrooms, which was more than enough room for her, and with its proximity to Stones Corner and the city, she could look past its age.It was not until she met her husband, Shane, that she became open to the idea of doing something more with her ageing 1918 home.“The person with the vision is definitely Shane,” she said.“I thought of it as a cute two-bedroom cottage and he saw it as this potentially amazing palace on the corner.”last_img