Reno reveal: Brisbane CBD penthouse goes from drab to fab after luxurious makeover

first_img Total spend: $500,000 The living room of the penthouse at 108/540 Queen St, Brisbane CBD, after the renovation.BEFORE: The bathroom in the penthouse before the renovation.AFTER: The bathroom looks completely different after the renovation.AFTER: Another angle of the bathroom.Every corner of the property at 108/540 Queen Street has been modernised and now oozes luxury and comfort.But despite this being Mr Russell’s third renovation, it was more challenging than he expected.“Renovating an apartment is a different ball game to renovating a house,” Mr Russell said.“From an access perspective, getting things up and down in a lift, carting materials, there was a lot of very hard work.“And it’s definitely more challenging with two children!”BEFORE: The living room in the penthouse before the renovation.AFTER: The living room after the renovation.Mr Russell bought the 576 sqm apartment in 2017 and said it was still in its original form, but he saw that it was well built, spacious and a whole floor apartment appealed to him.“It was actually bigger than the house we moved out of,” he said. “We always thought there was an opportunity to modernise it … and also change a little bit of the floor space.”Structural changes included making the kitchen bigger and incorporating more storage in it, and building in a sitting room outside the master bedroom so that it could be used as a media room or a fifth bedroom.BEFORE: One of the bedrooms in the penthouse before the renovation.AFTER: The bedroom after the renovation.The flooring and carpets were ripped up and replaced, the bathrooms re-tiled and every room repainted.“We lived in it for the first couple of years, but we decided to move out when the flooring and tiling had to be done, which was probably not something we anticipated doing because of the expense, but we wanted to get it done and thought it would be too difficult living through a renovation with two young kids,” Mr Russell said.He chose a rich palette of dark colours and soft creams to create the mood of the apartment.“We just didn’t want the plain, boring white-on-white kitchen, and there’s so much light in the apartment so that gave us the ability to go dark,” Mr Russell said.“The biggest thing with the kitchen was integrating the fridge and freezer — it really made the kitchen stand out and look much bigger and more workable.”BEFORE: The kitchen in the penthouse before the renovation.AFTER: The kitchen is unrecognisable..The kitchen, by Kobble Cabinets & Joinery, has been kitted out with the finest appliances, including an integrated Miele dishwasher/fridge/freezer, a Zip instantaneous hot/cold/sparkling water tap, an induction cooktop and dual ovens.Gold tap fittings and cupboard handles stand out against the sleek, black cabinetry and herringbone floors.The master suite is its own private retreat, with river views, an ensuite with double vanity and bath, and large walk-in wardrobe. There are three more bedrooms — two with ensuites.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoThe bathrooms were all completely refitted and re-tiled by Mastercraft tiling.Every living space and bedroom has direct access to the 360-degree wraparound, outdoor terrace.BEFORE: A living area of the penthouse before the renovation.AFTER: A living area of the penthouse after the renovation.AFTER: A sitting area in the penthouse after the renovation.Mr Russell said another upside of the apartment was the vantage point it offered for Riverfire and its proximity to the Howard Smith Wharves dining precinct.“We did walk down there pretty often and utilise that space,” he said.“I think its a very unique apartment. We’ve lived in the city for a number of years in apartments and had never seen anything of this size.”The property also comes with three secure car spaces plus a large lock-up storage area with power, an alarm system and access to a pool, sauna and gym facilities.It’s for sale now with Drew Davies of Place Ascot, with best offers due by June 12. RENO FACT CHECKcenter_img Time taken: 6-8 monthslast_img read more

Inspirational England Golf award winners are honoured

first_img17 Apr 2015 Inspirational England Golf award winners are honoured The inspirational winners of the first England Golf Awards were honoured last night for their outstanding contribution to the sport and to growing the game.They were celebrated at a gala dinner for their excellent and innovative activities which support for the England Golf strategy, Raising Our Game.The strategy calls on all who care about the sport to work together to create a brighter future for the game. Its aims include more members, more players, stronger clubs and identifying and developing winning golfers.The award winners were:Young Volunteer of the Year – Jake Conroy, 19, of Little Hay Golf Club, Hertfordshire; presented by Brendon Pyle, Chief Executive of the Golf Foundation.Jake, who has cerebral palsy, champions both junior and disability golf and spends much of his time volunteering. “I never expected to get anything for volunteering,” said Jake. “I enjoy doing it, I get a massive buzz from it. It’s good to see people with smiles on their faces!”Volunteer of the Year – Margaret Bedford of Strawberry Hill Golf Club, Middlesex; presented by Judi Walker, England Golf board member.Margaret has transformed the junior section at her club and raised the profile of Strawberry Hill in the local community. “I can’t believe it, this was such a surprise and such an honour and I’m so delighted for my club,” she said. “I just love volunteering.”Lifetime Service Award – Anne Herbert of Gosforth Park Ladies, Northumberland; presented by Nigel Evans, England Golf President.Anne, who has just retired as President of the Northumberland Ladies’ Association, was recognised for her work with her club, county, region and county vets’ association. “I’m very thrilled and very honoured. I am also very lucky because I enjoy volunteering and I never expected to be thanked for it!”Talent Pathway Award – Gareth Snelgrove of Hagley Golf Club, Worcestershire; presented by Nigel Edwards, England Golf Performance Director.Gareth, a PGA coach, has created a local pathway offering school pupils a taste of the game – with the emphasis on fun – and follow up opportunities for coaching in the club’s junior academy and golf club membership. “If we keep persevering with this system it will help to grow the game in Worcestershire and, hopefully, across the country as a whole,” he said.Participation Award – Scott Rusbridge and Tom Hide, Coastal Golf Academy, Essex; presented by Jennie Price, Chief Executive of Sport England.The PGA professionals run their academy at four clubs – Frinton, Millers Barn, Harwich and Colne Valley – and aim to inspire golfers of all ages and backgrounds to play the game and become members. Scott commented: “It’s an honour to be recognised by England Golf and it’s a reward for our efforts which makes us even more enthusiastic to carry on.”Membership Award – Ken Wilson of Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire; presented by Richard Flint, England Golf’s Director of Participation and Club Support.Ken has grown the membership at his club with a warm welcome and new ideas, such as persuading the club to offer discounted memberships to attract specific age groups.  “It’s a great honour for me to be recognised nationally. It has been hard work, but it’s been very rewarding.”Modernisation Award – Mark Rozenbroek of One Stop Golf, Hull; presented by Martin Slumbers, incoming Chief Executive of the R&A.Mark has realised his dream of creating the ‘ultimate golf gaming centre’ where people of all ages and abilities can enjoy the game. “It’s fantastic to be recognised by England Golf and winning a national award is special,” he said.GolfMark Club of the Year – Windlesham Golf Club, Surrey; presented by Stuart Gower of COBRA PUMA GOLF and Andy Willems, England Golf senior regional manager.Windlesham won the award for their great work to get juniors and beginners into the game. Stewart Judd, Windlesham’s general manager, said: “Part of our vision is to continuously improve and GolfMark is a key part of that. It has helped us put procedures in place, helped us grow our membership and helped us develop as a sustainable business.”Coaching achievement award – Graham Walker of The Oaks, Yorkshire; presented by Steve Parrish, Chairman of the England Golf Performance committee.Graham Walker was honoured for his many achievements as lead coach to the national men’s squad. “This is a massive achievement for me and I’m immensely proud,” he said. “I love working with the players and getting them to improve to become the best they can be.”London Pride Steward of the Year – Samantha Hudson of Swaffham Golf Club, Norfolk; presented by England Golf Chairman Graham Yates.Samantha is a steward who is literally prepared to go the extra mile for her club -she’s planning to run a marathon this year to raise funds for their charity. “This means the world to me, I can’t think of anywhere better to work,” she said. “I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me and especially to thank my team. I couldn’t do it without their backing and their support. This is for everyone who helps run the clubhouse and who also goes the extra mile.”last_img read more