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Incredible renovation of 1980s Mater prize home

Written by The ReReport

This Mater Prize Home — the height of luxury in the 1980s — has been jettisoned into the 21st century with an unbelievable makeover.

The home was valued at $140,000 in the 1980s and was Mater Prize Home Number 144 with tickets offered in books for $5 or $10. Located within the sought-after 15km ring around Brisbane, the home now has a new lease on life.

The solid bones of the Mater Prize home were given a Hamptons style makeover by every one of the Maloneys — the family that owns it.

“I project managed and was the wallpaper stripper and landscaper and I had a builder do the bathrooms and kitchen for us,” said owner Jim Maloney.

“The kids helped early on with the bedrooms, stripping wallpapers and painting the walls.

“They earned a bit of extra pocket money that way.”

The Moloney family has renovated townhouses and built from scratch, but 33 Flockton Street, Stafford Heights was their first flip house.

Mr Maloney said his family has “never renovated to sell before”.

“It was a big one to take on but it was worth doing. We intended to do it in the two years,” he said.

The facade was the first to be changed, pulling out the ornate Italian style posts and replacing them with clean square posts to begin the Hamptons style renovation.

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Next came the new kitchen and bathrooms and the house was painted white.

“We ummed and ahhed about the original round windows,” he said.

“They are unique and we thought they fitted the Hamptons brief being circular so we plasterboarded around them, simplified them a little bit more and now people comment on them straight away.”

But some things have remained untouched, like the back retaining wall with besser blocks turned the opposite way so plants can be potted in them.

“This is an early version of a wall garden and we decided to paint it and keep it as is, and the workbench for potting plants we covered with recycled timber to give it a rustic feel.

“This is definitely a good family home.”

Agents Ashley Horswill and Nicholas Loftus of Urban Property Agents Paddington have it listed at offers over $799,000.

They believe the 782 sqm block in a “prestigious pocket of Stafford Heights” “offers quality on a grand scale”.

“Exhibiting Hamptons style luxury in every aspect, this 1980s Mater prize home has been completely transformed to create a modern day haven for the whole family,” was how it was described.

The property is for sale by private treaty.

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