I can’t really begin to describe how excited I was to receive a submission for this amazing home. I think pumped would be the word.
This home is one of those unique gems that I had been longing to uncover on the blog and as it’s a personal dream of mine, to live in a re-purposed shop (it’s on the dream home list), I was over the moon to have the opportunity to take a look inside and share it with you on the blog!
A shop in Auchenflower
From the street, the home of Jayde and her family may not turn your head. But if you look under the awning of the old shop, it’s immediately noticeable that this place has a whole lot of ‘something else’ going on behind the façade.
It was possibly a general store where neighbours would meet and stock up on their supplies. It may have been the heart of this leafy street and a hive of activity in a more simple day…., but today, it is something different!
The old pre-war shop front is protected by a Commercial Character Listing from the Brisbane City Council, to ensure the façade remains untouched. Behind the doors, it’s free reign and the conversion has allowed for the old shop to be adapted into a family home.
There are signs that the building had seen a few changes to it’s layout over the years, with various widths and types of floorboards dotted around, the home is just oozing with character and stories to tell!!
Having lived here since 2000, Jayde and Pete have done some minor and major renovations and today, downstairs is home to bedrooms, an art studio and all the communal parts of the home with the kitchen and dining area leading off to the deck and back garden.
All of these spaces are beautifully styled and decorated by Jayde, with the help of some little people drawing on the walls, adding an extra touch of homeliness!
In 2011, a pod-style extension was added, providing the parents with a space to sleep and bathe in peace (how many of you need this!?!?). It’s a sleek and modern space, which is a great contrast to the older parts of the home and Jayde’s knack of great styling adds some quirky touches.
So in case the house isn’t quite amazing enough, take a look at the plunge pool. A concrete water tank, tiled and kitted out as a pool was craned over the house and popped into its new home in the garden.
It’s absolutely perfect!
One of my favourite features of a Brisbane home is the connection with the outdoors and this home has that covered, providing a large deck off the dining area. It’s as stylish as the rest of the home, with comfy chairs and layers of cushions to sink into.
I’d love to know what your favourite part is in this home!
Are you off to research water tank plunge pools or will you finally give in and let the kids decorate their own walls??
I’m going to up the ante on my shop/house real estate hunting….!