ONCE upon a time, when shag pile carpets and linoleum were all the rage, 12 Yindi Street in Buderim was a home built on solid foundations.
Having undergone a complete transformation over the last three years, this spectacular Buderim address is one which is sure to leave a lasting impression.
From first sight, mates Martin "Marty" Ball, a cabinet-maker by trade, and Carey Catherall, a builder, had a vision of transformation; to restore a home built to last, into one with heart and soul. Now bracing the plot stands a structure so visually strong and beautiful -simultaneously maintaining some of its original charm - it is sure to inspire any renovator.
Lloyd Edwards of Ray White Buderim has witnessed the makeover first hand, having sold the property to the lads this time in 2009, and has since been given the task to sell it at an on site auction at 3pm on November 17.
"It was originally a very well built red double brick home built in the late 70s," Lloyd recalls.
"It was actually built by a building inspector who had retired which means it was built to the strongest engineering purposes. However, it was a fairly bland and unromantic home.
"Along came Carey and Marty who saw the ocean views, saw it had very strong, solid bones they could do things with it."
Carey said the idea was to renovate the home but keep some of the old charm which can be noted upon inspection.
"We wanted to try and keep it a little bit original in a way," Carey said, "but we wanted to have something that feels like a home to live in. That's a necessity for me."
While very little in this house original - or at least not visibly - a clever mix of sharp style and a warm, eclectic interior allows it to be enjoyed by many and coveted by all. It's a unique property that not only shines as a beacon to the future for Coastal building design and renovation, but a glowing indication of where the vastly-unchanged landscape of Buderim's prime escarpment can head towards to truly enhance its worth.
"The reality is that most of the properties in this area are 10 to 30 to 40 to 50 years old," Lloyd said. "They've been held by retirees for a long, long period of time and at the end of it, the temptation for many who purchase them is to just knock them down entirely and build a brand new project home."
Where Carey's work differs, Lloyd explained, is in its ability to retain all the best details of its existing structure. "What they had here was such a strong, solid package," he said. "The bones were so good that the boys could see it and could see what potential lay waiting to be brought back to life."
Attention to detail and an immaculate, concealed style throughout means the usually mundane look and feel of necessary storage is transformed into a seamless continuance of the home's own design aesthetic.
Indeed, it's not just the bigger picture that makes this home an exciting, unique experience; it's the little details like rounded edges to all exterior tiling which mean nobody ever catches their dress or grazes their elbows.
"As somebody in property, one thing I always notice is the detail work," Lloyd said. "There is so much detail in this house…and I see a lot of houses. Most buyers will pick up the details on their second inspection rather than their first. And the second inspection is generally when buyer comes back and starts picking at things, finding flaws. But with this home, it's more of a case of people coming back to uncover details and touches they missed before."
"It's sharp and crisp, but the warm addition of timbers allows it to appeal to a lot of buyers from Gen X and Y, to baby boomers."
Open for inspection every Saturday prior to auction from 4 to 4.45pm.