September 28, 2020
24 Conventry Street, Hawthorne. Time taken: 12 months Reno spend: $600,000When Pauline Narloch first laid eyes on her Hawthorne home she knew it was a “renovators delight”.After buying the house at 24 Coventry St with her husband in 2008, Mrs Narloch spent 12 months transforming the old 1920s art deco house into a entertainer’s home.“We lived here for a year before we changed anything. It took us about two years to start,” Mrs Narloch said. BEFORE: 24 Coventry Street, Hawthorne when it was bought by the Narlochs.“I was diagnosed with breast cancer just as we moved in, so a lot of our ideas for our renovations ended up changing. AFTER: How it looks today.“The house is on top of a hill and exposed to north-east breezes so we ended up putting in a lot more glass than we had planned. We originally wanted to put in verandas.”She said when they bought the home, the kitchen and bathrooms were of original 1920s style with old cupboards. BEFORE: The pool area needed some TLC.“Nothing was built-in and the sink was in its original condition. The bathroom had terrazzo flooring and the tiles were dark and murky green,” Mrs Narloch said.“Let’s just say the renovations were a challenge.” AFTER: The pool after its makeover.While the original house was retained, Mrs Narloch said they lifted the property and moved it on the block to take advantage of the views. Adding big entertaining areas were a major part of the renovations.They also added a lower floor and an extra living area. AFTER: The house now has plenty of open living spaces.The five-bedroom, three-bathroom home is on a 810sq m block and includes a swimming pool and wet bar.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoWhile the renovations were under way, Mrs Narloch and her family moved into a townhouse next door, so they could keep an eye on the transformation and liaise with the builder. AFTER. Much of the old Queenslander remains, such as the veranda.Mrs Narloch said the loveliest elements of the Hawthorne Queenslander’s design were retained, including a bay window in the master bedroom.The master suite is on the upper level and contains a large bedroom, study nook, double-vanity ensuite, powder room and walk-in wardrobe. AFTER. The new home is an entertainer’s delight.“I just love every part of this house. It’s all beautiful. There are six decks so you can always find an outlook to enjoy,” Mrs Narloch said.Now that Mrs Narloch’s two sons have “flown the nest”, it is time to sell.“It’s a beautiful house but it’s too big to rattle around in,” she said.“I hope a family with teenage kids buys it.” The property is being sold by Emil Juresic of NGU Real Estate (0481 601 793).