Simon Jaremczuk with his dog, Scotch, at his renovated home in Jindalee. Image: AAP/John Gass.
IN 2008, Simon and Carolyn Jaremczuk stood on the roof of their single-level 1970s home in Jindalee to see what they could see.
The original house at 74 Mount Ommaney Drive, Jindalee, as it looked in 2008 when Simon and Carolyn Jaremczuk first moved in.
With a little extra elevation a 120 degree view of the Brisbane River was possible.
They set to work on a renovation that would spread across seven years, overcoming a historic Brisbane flood and creating a legacy for a father and son building team.
The house today with it’s rooftop terrace. It will go to auction on November 10.
“We started renovating and then the floods came through in 2011,’’ Mr Jaremczuk said.
Simon Jaremczuk outside his renovated home at 74 Mount Ommaney Drive, Jindalee. Image: AAP/John Gass
“We got storm damage. We ended up taking the opportunity to gut the house and start from scratch.”
The original kitchen before storm damage from the 2011 Brisbane flood.
Brisbane builder Hayden Green was an apprentice to his stepdad Geoff Casey at the time. “When they flooded they asked if Geoff could come and sort it out,’’ Mr Green said.
The renovation begins of 74 Mount Ommaney Drive, Jindalee.
Mr Jaremczuk moved his family out for a few months during some of the work, then they lived in the single storey house for a few years before starting the second storey in 2015.
<<<FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK>>>
“The happy sad thing is that (Hayden) and his dad worked on the house and then after he built it, his father passed away and the son came back and built the top level on his dad’s work,” Mr Jaremczuk said.
Building the second storey.
“He has a very strong attachment to the place from working on it under his dad’s guidance.”
Inspired by their travels through Europe, the design for 74 Mount Ommaney Drive included a rooftop terrace on top of the second storey to capture those river views, with a spiral staircase from the second balcony.
The rooftop terrace takes shape.
Mr Green, who had been working in Sydney, was happy to return to finish the job.
The rooftop terrace as it looks today with 120 degree views of the Brisbane River.
The family remained in the house this time while the second storey, decks, viewing platform and carport were built over a six-month period.
“That was something I picked up in Sydney,’’ Mr Green said.
“You pull the roof off, keep most of the shell of the roof (that you can tarp) so people can still live below while you’re doing it.
The family lived in the house while the second storey was being built.
“Once you’ve got the floor pretty much laid, there’s a special tarp, like a blue tarp from Bunnings, that’s cut to the size of your floor, and you put that on top of the floor.
A blue tarp was laid on the floor of the second storey before the walls were constructed.
“You can then frame the walls for upstairs on top of the blue tarp.
“That stays until the new roof is on and then you cut the tarp out.”
Two New Years have been celebrated on the rooftop terrace of 74 Mount Ommaney Drive, Jindalee but now the family is moving on.
A legacy for everyone involved, 74 Mount Ommaney Drive, Jindalee, is a home of distinction.
Brisbane Real Estate agent Lauren Xing is taking the property to auction on November 10.
The kitchen as it looks today.
So now you can stand 9.4m above the ground and look out across the Brisbane River, knowing there is more to a view than what meets the eye.
Simon Jaremczuk looks out over the Brisbane River from the rooftop terrace of the property he is taking to auction on November 10.