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Drab to fab: see the before and afters of a Gold Coast unit’s on-trend transformation

By Zahndra Kershaw

An impressive renovation has transformed this top-floor unit into an on-trend haven with contemporary flair.

The quiet Mermaid Waters complex is surrounded by tropical gardens and also has a saltwater pool. The unit’s sun-splashed balcony has outlooks to these.

Inside the two-bedroom pad, natural light floods all the rooms and crisp white walls contrast beautifully with timber accents.
The modern kitchen sits between the lounge and dining rooms.

It features ample cupboard space, timber benchtops and a breakfast bar that doubles as a servery to the dining room.

The bathrooms are a highlight. Floating vanities, round mirrors, bespoke floor tiles and trendy barn doors are just some of the features.

The main bedroom has an ensuite and built-in wardrobe while the second bedroom has a built-in wardrobe and easy access to the main bathroom and adjoining laundry.
Owner Hannah Hinton, who runs staging and small renovation company Flair Home Styling, completed the project as her first major flip.

“It was the first big project done completely by myself and hopefully the first of many,” she said.

“I tried to go with a bit of a beach theme as it’s in such an amazing part of our Mermaid hood.”

Ms Hinton wanted to effortlessly blend old and new to fit with the complex. She said the tiles in the bathroom were one of her favourite aspects.

“I took a real risk with the tiles because I needed a bit of wow factor,” she said.

“Because it is an older complex, you want to bring the wow factor into it and have something stand out.”

A manhole with a ladder which leads to the attic is another bonus.

“We have started the prep to enable perspective buyers to be able to utilise that how they want.”

The unit has a $469,000 price tag and is being marketed by Ray White Mermaid Beach agent Tash Santos.

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