A couple with a passion for interior design have shared how they transformed an outdated property into a spectacular modern home of their dreams in just three months.
Sarah Briggs, 30, and her fiancé Mitch ‘Eddy’ Edwards, 33, purchased the old house with an 80s-style interior in Brisbane with the intent to give every space a ‘timeless contemporary’ makeover.
‘It was extremely tired and outdated when we purchased the property,’ Sarah – who works in the real estate industry – told Daily Mail Australia.
‘Our vision was to add to it but in a totally different sense and define a natural and organic palette of nude pinks, neutral and honey tones, with raw timbers to help shape an imaginative dialogue in the redesign of this split-level home.’
The pair shared incredible ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures showing just how much work has gone into turning the property into a stylish home.
A couple have shared how they transformed an outdated property into a spectacular modern home of their dreams in just three months (picture of the blue kitchen before renovations)
The ‘little blue corner kitchen’ was transformed into a light-filled ‘entertainer’s delight’
During the three month renovation, the pair worked with a professional builder and his team to bring Sarah’s stunning designs to life.
‘Our style is ever-evolving, but we’re minimalists at heart,’ Sarah explained, adding she has experience in interior design and project management.
‘We drew inspiration from resources like fashion and art, our like-minded design community who are pushing creative boundaries, and our families with a mixture of contemporary, eclectic, luxe and edgy variations of style and design.
‘We worked closely with our builder to ensure the property had a new solid foundation lasting another 30 plus years.’
Sarah and her fiancé – who has worked with the defence force for almost 10 years – purchased the home before the coronavirus pandemic hit Australia in March 2020.
‘We realised very early that we wanted to craft something unique with lasting impact – from [interior] joinery to individual styling pieces – to create a truly cohesive home,’ she said.
‘We wanted something striking that would offer a timeless look… The property is 30-years young and was poorly maintained when it came into our possession.’
The ‘little blue corner kitchen’ was transformed into a light-filled ‘entertainer’s delight’ while their ‘awkwardly designed 80s-style’ en-suite was completely gutted to create a minimalist yet attractive bathroom with gold details.
Before and after: Their ‘awkwardly designed 80s-style’ en-suite was completely gutted to create a minimalist yet attractive bathroom with gold details
Every space in their home was renovated with a a ‘timeless contemporary’ design throughout
Sarah’s top tips for renovating on a budget
Sarah (pictured) designed her stunning home after the couple purchased an outdated property in March 2020
1. Talk to tradespeople and professionals in the industry and do your own research
2. Ensure you vibe with your builder, designer and immediate team – you’re likely in for the long haul. Make certain your build and design team are there from concept to creation for a seamless transition
3. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. We saved thousands by getting in and doing everything we could – demolition, painting, etc. YouTube proved very helpful in times of need
4. If you’re time poor or uncertain where to begin, employ a good local designer. They generally have access to a vocabulary of sources and trade discounts
5. Spend money on a good quality focal point – stone, flooring or an art piece
6. Consider how you can improve the resale value of your home – research and talk to local agents etc
7. Design your home for your family now – and in the future
Sarah has shared pictures showing just how much work has gone into turning the property into a stylish home of their dreams (left of the kitchen and right of one of the bathrooms)
Sarah and her fiancé purchased the outdated home before the coronavirus pandemic hit Australia in March 2020 (picture of what the living space with dull blue paint once looked like)
Sarah said the property was ‘extremely tired and outdated’ but they had a vision of turning every space into ‘timeless contemporary’ design (picture of the bathroom before renovation)
The couple officially moved into their newly-renovated home in July 2020.
‘Each room, in addition has an underlying artistic thread that speaks volumes and individually connects with functionality and energy,’ Sarah said.
‘This is our family home, but not our forever home as it’s on a smaller scale. For now, it is our perfectly crafted oasis that oozes natural bouncing light, functionality, with our artistic energy.’
‘We were also engaged in our home in July on my 30th birthday, so this home will forever be special to us.’
The duo are now focusing on their outdoor space.
‘We are completing our entertainer’s courtyard which will result in a poetic integration between inside and out,’ she said.
‘We’ll also be designing joinery pieces into our spaces to include sophisticated pops of colour and a myriad of textural elements giving this home a point of difference at every turn.’
The couple have been documenting their renovating journey on Instagram under Files of 5, with thousands amazed with their home transformation.
Dozens of people said they couldn’t believe it’s the same house, while others applauded the pair for creating such a ‘stunning’ space.