NEVILLE Cox had a vision to transform 30 Irene St, Wynnum, when he bought it in 2004.
At different stages in the renovation, he tested the market, but then decided to do the whole thing and show the world.
The result is a Hamptons style renovation of the 1950 cottage and the ultimate man cave.
“I knew what I was talking about,” he said.
The converted shed he calls the Rusty Nail after his favourite cocktail and it has a ‘sophisticated old farts bar’ on the mezzanine level.
The shed has a bar area, mezzanine level, separate toilet and shower, airconditioning, outside pergola, pizza oven and fire pit, and takes Mr Cox back to his childhood growing up on a farm in Warwick.
“It’s just myself and my wife, she has to have a password to get in to the bar but she can always get out,” he joked.
Narelle Cox may need a password to the shed, but she’s had the keys to the house and the 1950 cottage is now a stylish Hamptons retreat, making the most of three metre high ceilings with skylights in the middle of the house and an internal sliding glass wall that disappears completely into another wall.
“We wanted to make the house a home, so when you come in, you shut the door and you are away from it all,” Mr Cox said.
Guests can walk down the driveway to the Rusty Nail, or be entertained in the converted cottage.
“First of all we changed the layout internally, and then we renovated the bathrooms and kitchen and entry level, and then we put the shed on and turned it into a space where we could entertain without having people in the house.”
Mr Cox is a landscape designer and is now looking for his next renovation project.
Margaret Vote of Raine and Horne Wynnum/Manly is taking the property to market with offers over $1.15m invited.