The Reno Lads love heritage cottages and Queenslanders that are iconic to the Garden City. They typically buy project houses that fall under heritage conversation regulations, as the boys love maintaining the character of their homes (and so does the community). Their latest renovation is an original 1920s cottage that they’ve nicknamed Project Geoffrey, which they’ve transformed from the ground up in just over three months.
“This has been our biggest and most intense renovation to date,” Baden said. “It’s just like being on the TV show The Block – except there are no cameras and it’s certainly not as glamourous. We think it’s great to see TV shows finally showcasing how people can help preserve and renovate heritage buildings and bring them back to their former glory,” Baden said.
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The Reno Lads have literally rebuilt the house from the ground up to create a stunning home with all of the character that people love and want. Every room in the house has been reconfigured to maximise floor space and open up the home to take in the sprawling backyard.
“We love the older character homes with their 12-foot ceilings. It’s this character that people love and want with the added bonus of the modern layout of open plan living. We reconfigured the entire floorplan at Project Geoffrey by converting the old living room into a luxuriously oversized family bathroom, transformed the old kitchen into a family lounge and gutted the entire back of the house to create a sleek modern kitchen that opens out to a huge wrap around deck,” Baden said.
The Reno Lads have raised the bar (and their budget) and splashed out on some luxuries that aren’t typically found in Toowoomba’s renovations, including the marble mosaic fish scale tiles that feature in the kitchen and in the main bathroom.
Most importantly all of the renovations were carried out using the original footprint of the home – no additions to the original house were carried out. It shows The Reno Lads commitment to honouring the home’s heart and history while transforming it for the future.
“Each home we renovate has its own story. Project Geoffrey is no exception. It was previously owned by an older gentleman who had to go into care. It was lovely to have his son and family come and have a look last week and tell us they have been following us on our Facebook page. They were so happy to see how we had respectfully injected new life into the loved house they previously owned for over 50 years. We hope the next owners will enjoy #ProjectGeoffrey and have as many happy memories.”
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