Neale Whitaker demolishes Toowong couple’s recently renovated $40,000 bathroom

first_imgLove It or List It: Neale Whitaker, Andrew Winter, Erin and Tom Brown.CELEBRITY interior designer Neale Whitaker took to a Toowong couple’s recently renovated $40,000 bathroom with a sledgehammer.This is the risk participants take when they apply to be on Foxtel’s Love It or List It.BEFORE: The bathroom had been recently renovated and cost upwards of $40,000. Picture: FoxtelThe home’s owners, Erin and Tom Brown, said when they were deciding whether to apply to be on the TV show, they were aware it could cost them their beloved bathroom.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:03Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:03 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenNeale Whitaker: How to use space effectively01:03“We built a new bathroom where the old bathroom was when I was pregnant with the twins,” Erin said.“It cost us over $40,000.”… and through the wall a sledgehammer went. Picture: FoxtelBut as they feared, the bathroom had to go, as Whitaker reconfigured the whole layout of the house.BEFORE: What was previously a dressing room was to become the bathroom. Picture: FoxtelAFTER: The new main bathroom was perfect for the couple’s twin daughters. Picture: FoxtelThe bathroom became the kitchen. The kitchen became a lounge room. The lounge room became an ensuite. And a dressing room became the new bathroom.AFTER: What was previously the bathroom became the home’s kitchen and laundry. Picture: FoxtelAs it turns out, Whitaker knows his stuff and the couple were ecstatic with the result of the renovation.“We feel like we’re sleeping in this gorgeous boudoir every night,” Erin said.“I’ve personally been enjoying the bathtub.”BEFORE: The living room would be moved to the rear of the home. Picture: FoxtelMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoAFTER: The old living room became the ensuite and walk-in wardrobe. Picture: FoxtelTom agreed and said they hoped they had not been “spoiled” now.“It’s like living in a hotel,” he said.“How do you go back from living in a house like that?As for whether they loved it or listed it, the couple made the decision to love the property, before backflipping shortly after the show finished filming.BEFORE: As the kitchen was shifted to the bathroom, this would become a new living room. Picture: FoxtelAFTER: The fireplace was given a new lease on life. Picture: FoxtelThe change of mind was as a result of a house co-host Andrew Winter showed them in Paddington — in the exact same street that their friends lived on.“On the final day we were really conflicted and we were contemplating doing rock, paper scissors,” Erin said.“We were one per cent leaning towards loving it, but we decided we wanted to move to Paddington.“That’s where all our friends live … and the house in Paddington was bigger which really got us thinking we will need more space as the twins grow older.”BEFORE: The old dining room, and the door to the left was the door to the old bathroom. Picture: FoxtelAFTER: Looking toward what used to be the dining room. Picture: FoxtelTune in for next week’s episode on November 28, 8.30pm on Lifestyle, to see if a New South Wales couple decide to love or list their Newport home.last_img

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