Their son was born in a small cottage across the street, but it wasn’t until after their daughter was born that they moved in to the house that they would call home for more than 20 years.
Jane and Nigel Molesworth bought 70 Vale St in Wilston in 1998, having moved away from the suburb for a few years after their son was born.
A few years later, and with their now young daughter in tow, they bought the original 1910-era Queenslander cottage, and embarked on an extensive renovation with John Thelander of Thelander Architecture and Interiors.
“It had never even been painted inside. We lifted it, knocked off the small kitchen at the back and built underneath,” Mrs Molesworth said.
“At the time it had a small front veranda but we had to re-roof the house so we added the wraparound veranda.
“We opened up all of the rooms so they op
ened on to the veranda via french doors.”
The five bedroom, three bathroom house sits on an elevated 810sq m block with inground pool, established gardens and outdoor entertaining spaces.
The home has plenty of character features including a double-sided fireplace, VJ walls, timber floors, sash windows and high ceilings.
Upstairs, there are three bedrooms including the main suite with an ensuite, walk-in wardrobe and views overlooking the gardens and pool.
There are also the formal dining and living rooms on either side of the original corridor, which lead to the new open-plan kitchen, living and dining space.
This area opens to a covered outdoor entertaining area and pool.
Downstairs there are two more bedrooms, with built-in wardrobes, a rumpus room, laundry, bathroom and double garage.
Mrs Molesworth said the renovation brief had been to capture the natural light and breezes, while in keeping with the character of the property.
“It is very much a classic renovation,” she said. “The front facade, the flooring at the front, it’s all original.”
Now looking to downsize, Mrs Molesworth said it would be hard to say goodbye to the home. She said she had enjoyed watching the kids play in the back garden, on the verandas and grow up in the home.
“Our kids walked to school, the village, it has been such a great area for a family,” she said.
“The house itself is great because with a young family you can all live upstairs but when the kids get older, they have that space downstairs.
“And we spent a lot of time in the garden, making it very green and very private.
“There are a lot of happy memories here of family gatherings … it will be quite hard to say goodbye to be honest.”