Our journey to Marriott Street took us all over the place, but we ended up right back where we started.
One afternoon over coffee, Mum mentioned that there was a house in the street, a few doors up, that was a possible contender. The owner had downsized into a unit a year ago, and the house had been sitting vacant ever since.
We walked up to look around. We knew we wanted it, now we just had to figure out how to buy a house that wasn't for sale...
Two years ago, my partner Michael and I bought our first home together, a 1970s brick veneer in Coorparoo. I saw the potential in this house the minute I saw it appear online. I sold a reluctant Michael on the idea that we would paint the interior, and move in. It would be bigger than our current unit, with parking, and neighbours that little bit further away. Michael was heading into exams for his law degree, so I promised we would finish the study first so he could get focused on uni.
Within two weeks, we had removed the bathroom, kitchen, some key walls, and all the ceilings throughout. We moved in to the new house, and then we almost immediately had to move in with my parents.
Fast forward two years, the 'quick paint job' ended up being a full scale renovation. Just when the interior renovation work was winding down, my itch to move set in.
Michael and I decided that whilst we loved our house and the work we had done, we wanted to buy land in a neighbourhood that we could see ourselves living in long term.
Let me start by welcoming you to the most terrific blog ever written on the subject of design and renovations by two young men with no money and big ambitions.
I'm Matt, and this will be the place where I keep track of our progress, firstly for ourselves, so that when times are tough we can reflect on our progress and motivate ourselves to keep going. Secondly, I have always enjoyed listening to the experiences and insights of like-minded others, so there's a bit of that mixed in too.