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kelvin grove art deco home owned by luxury hotel fit out experts hits the market

Written by The ReReport

This art deco house in Kelvin Grove is owned by Paul Lane, the co-founder of a company that styles and fits out luxury hotels

THEY have styled some of Brisbane’s most luxurious residential developments and hotels, and now their own art deco home is on the market.
Paul Lane, co-founder of PPS Australia, and his wife Kate, have listed 20 Prospect Terrace in Kelvin Grove.

20 Prospect Terrace at Kelvin Grove will go to auction on December 13 at 6.30pm

PPS Australia provides furniture packages and fittings for some of the nation’s leading luxury hotel brands and residential developments, with projects including the recently completed Emporium Hotel at South Bank, Accor Sebel, Royal on the Park Hotel and Jewel Resort on the Gold Coast.
Mr Lane said they bought the 1937-built art deco house in 2005 with the intention of renovating it.
“We had been looking for an art deco-style house in Brisbane for a few years but they are hard to find,” he said.
“Many of those that do exist are knocked down or given a modern makeover but we loved this one as it had that style, it has the views and it gets a north-easterly breeze.”
The couple, with the help of Mr Lane’s builder brother-in-law, did the renovation over three stages, finishing the work in 2015.
He said the original house had three bedrooms, one bathroom and one living room, but now has five bedrooms, two bathrooms and three living spaces after they dug out under the house and built it in.
They also added a pool and landscaped the gardens.
Mr Lane said he believed the city risked losing its character if old homes continued to be knocked down to make way for new builds.
“I think people don’t always understand the beauty of a character home,” he said.
“Or maybe they don’t want to spend the money or have the patience for it but it is worth it.”
The couple are now selling after buying another house to renovate, and they have listed the house with Space Property agents Judi O’Dea and Michael Kleimeyer.
The house sits on a 607sq m lot overlooking the lush grounds of the Brisbane Quakers, and will go to auction on December 13 at 6.30pm.

Original features include ornate ceilings, leadlight doors, timber floorboards and a curved internal staircase with a detailed stainless steel rail.
The front facade has been preserved, while the interior has been renovated to maximise light and a natural flow from room to room.
Split over three levels, the lower level is home to a laundry, sitting room and two bedrooms including a master bedroom with ensuite and walk-in robe. It includes crystal pendant lights, electric linen block out curtains and marble and travertine tiles in the ensuite. There is also an entertaining deck that flows down a set of stairs to the pool and gardens.

On the next floor is a third bedroom, a rumpus room, living room, sunroom, bathroom, dining room and kitchen, which has Italian curved marble benchtops, handpainted custom made cabinetry, and a Black Bertazzoni oven.
Italian marble has also been used in the main bathroom, which has a designer bath — reportedly one of only five baths of its type ever made.

Toward the rear of the house are timber and glass sliders that open onto an elevated, slate tiled, curved deck that was specifically designed to fit with the existing home.
On the top level there are two more bedrooms.

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