BROTHERS and sisters may be known for bickering but this duo shared a common vision.
Alyssa Balancio and her brother Kyle Newby bought a single-level house at 69 Margate St, Mount Gravatt East, early last year and have since worked tirelessly together to flip the home.
The project included raising the house, building underneath and gutting the original structure.
“We completely gutted the top and started again,” Ms Balancio said.
“It had three bedrooms, one bathroom and a kitchen.
“It’s now got five bedrooms, four bathrooms and two living spaces, one up and one down.
“The kitchen and laundry are downstairs.”
When asked where they had gained inspiration for the design of the house, which has crisp white walls and either timber floors or grey carpet and tiles, Ms Balancio passed all credit to her brother.
“I would say (the design) was from my brother,” she said.
“Most of it came from him.”
The kitchen has white subway tiles and a white benchtop, teamed with black and timber cabinetry, and this is one of Ms Balancio’s favourite rooms in the house.
“I really like the colour scheme, it’s really open and easily accessible,” she said.
Ms Balancio said while it was a joint effort between herself and Mr Newby, all of the family pitched in.
“It was a family project, we had mum and dad helping, and my husband helped too,” she said.
“It brought us closer together as a family.”
Looking back on her time at the property, which she has lived in for the past six months, Ms Balancio will best remember the first time seeing the view from the top floor.
“If I stand and look at the view from the top, you look out to all of the mountains, it is spectacular.”