Old Queenslander is transformed into a Grecian-style tropical hideaway

Couple transform their rundown old home into a Grecian-inspired tropical hideaway – complete with a ‘dream’ pool and a spectacular entertaining space

  • Guy and Susannah Kits spent upwards of $500,000 revamping their 1920s Queenslander in Toowong
  • The couple had lived in it for a decade before they decided to extend it to fit their growing family
  • The Grecian-inspired remodelling means they have four bedrooms, two bathrooms and multiple living areas
  • Since finishing the refurbishment, and attracting a number of compliments, the property is now being sold 

An old home built in 1920 has been given a fresh facelift by its decade-long owners, with Grecian-inspired white arches surrounding the living room and a resort-style swimming pool.

Guy and Susannah Kits originally bought the heritage Brisbane masterpiece nicknamed ‘Toowong Light House’ to accommodate their growing family, but when they realised that the building couldn’t be lifted because of the concrete walls they had to get creative.

So they called on Brisbane architects Alcorn Middleton Architecture Office to build a two-level, L-shaped extension that slotted between the house and the pool so the original structure didn’t have to be moved.

The front facade: A Queenslander built in 1920 has been given a fresh facelift courtesy of its decade-long owners, with Grecian-inspired white arches surrounding the living room and a resort-style swimming pool


Guy and Susannah Kits originally bought the heritage masterpiece nicknamed ‘Toowong Light House’ to house their growing family, but after 10 years they needed more space (the pool before and after the renovation)

The results – a four bedroom, two bathroom suburban resort with a spectacular outdoor dining area – are an entertainer’s dream and one that the family regularly receive compliments on.

White painted bricks and archways in the outdoor seating zone were the original idea of Mr Kits, who told Domain that his family’s holiday house in Mykonos, Greece, had inspired him.

‘Part of it was that I love bricks – coming from Greek heritage and a Greek father who loved to concrete everything,’ he said.

‘We wanted a white resort-ish feel and we wanted to be able to use the outdoor space all year round, which was something we were never able to do on the deck of the original house.’

The formal lounge and dining rooms showcase ornate plaster ceilings and give the home’s occupants more than one place to relax of an evening. 

A well equipped kitchen faces a light washed breakfast booth, perfect for conversing with the cooks as everyone eats and socialises together. 

The bedrooms are spacious and have views of the tree-lined backyard, with the master bedroom in particular winning points for its walk-in robe.  

The formal lounge and dining rooms showcase ornate plaster ceilings and give the home’s occupants more than one place to relax of an evening (pictured)

Balconies from the bedroom give the house a Mediterranean vibe, despite it being in Australia’s north 

The bedrooms are spacious (pictured) and have views of the tree-lined backyard, with the master bedroom in particular winning points for its walk-in robe

The luxury bathrooms have been precision laid with Italian vogue series tiles, bringing the blue theme of the pool into the interior decorating

The luxury bathrooms have been precision laid with Italian vogue series tiles, bringing the blue theme of the pool into the interior decorating.

The renovation itself took six months to complete and set the Kits’ back $500,000 but they don’t regret the investment they made into the property.

‘It’s always been a beautiful neighbourhood, a beautiful house but the renovation turned it into a wonderful entertaining home… sitting around that fireplace, by the pool, with the kids playing inside has been brilliant,’ Mr Kits said.

After 12 years and countless memories the Kits have put the mini mansion on the market, with asking offers over $2.25 million.

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