WHEN Jo Sullivan bought her Red Hill house in 2004, she did so with a renovation in mind.
Then the inside of 21 Grove St looked like a fairy floss explosion, with walls painted in combinations of baby blue and aqua, to a soft yellow, Barbie pink and lilac.
Ms Sullivan lived in the house for about two years before undertaking a major renovation.
“We lifted the house and built in underneath,” Ms Sullivan said.
She took the house from a pokey rabbit warren to a fashionable and flowing family abode.
“We designed it so all the bedrooms were upstairs together but it had a really nice flow for family living downstairs, centred around the pool,” she said.
No remnant of cotton candy remained, with a neutral colour palette warmed by timber features in the island bench, window and door frames, floors and cabinetry.
Outside, Ms Sullivan installed a pool and created a garden wonderland that would encourage her three children to enjoy nature.
“We put in a beautiful landscaped garden where the kids could explore,” she said.
“We put in a sandpit with a bridge over a dry creek bed.”
Out on the back deck, looking over these areas, is Ms Sullivan’s favourite space of the property.
“The deck is a beautiful spot to capture the breezes,” she said.
“It’s pretty much the place we go to entertain and enjoy the Brisbane weather.”
Ms Sullivan said she loved the location. “I could just walk to kindy with the kids and the parks are really close. It’s a beautiful community, everyone is really friendly and its just nice to be able to pop up to the shops.”
She said they had taken also advantage of the proximity to Suncorp Stadium, walking to many Broncos and Reds games over the years.