AFTER: The wraparound veranda after the renovation.One of the biggest challenges was the landscaping because of the large 855sq m block.“That was a really big project, as well as installing the pool and the patio out the back,” Mrs Slater said.Downstairs was originally just used for storage, but the Slaters decided to build underneath — adding a fourth bedroom, office, rumpus room, second bathroom and laundry.They installed new VJ style walls to maintain the Queenslander character of the home. AFTER: The upstairs living room after the renovation.Mrs Slater said it was important to know what to spend money on and what to budget for.“Things that are going to stand the test of time, you want to spend the money on,” she said.“We went for expensive bench tops in the kitchen, handles etc and saved money elsewhere.” AFTER: The master bedroom after the renovation.The property is being marketed by Alex Rutherford of Place Estate Agents and is for sale via expressions of interest. BEFORE: The front of the house at 26 Gracemere St, Newmarket, before it was renovated. AFTER: The back of the house after the renovation.The first thing they did was paint the outside of the house – swapping the turquoise for white. “I think there were about five different shades throughout the house,” Mrs Slater said. “It was a bit hideous looking.”Then they tackled the main bathroom as Mrs Slater was due to give birth to their third child and needed a bath tub. It was not the first time the Slaters had renovated a house during a pregnancy. AFTER: The kitchen after the renovation.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago AFTER: The front of the house after the renovation.The house was perfectly liveable as it was, but the Slaters could see the potential.“We liked the proportions (of the house), and knew that we could add our stamp on it,” Mrs Slater said.“The land size was great, the room sizes were great, the location was also ideal.“It was just tired and some people don’t want to put in the time and effort, but we really enjoy it.” AFTER: The dining area after the renovation.Upstairs, the Slaters did little to change the configuration.“We added built-ins in the upstairs bedrooms and freshened them up with paint,” Mrs Slater said.Mrs Slater said having the experience of previous renovations under their belt was beneficial.“Having a good builder makes the whole process run a lot smoother,” she said.“Once you do quite a few, you know what you like, what works what doesn’t.” BEFORE: The kitchen in the house at 26 Gracemere St, Newmarket, before it was renovated. AFTER: The main bathroom after the renovation.They made the kitchen, dining and living area open-plan by knocking down the kitchen wall and used high-quality materials like marble and Greystone for the benchtops.To add character, the Slaters installed an archway over the stairs at the entrance of the home and put butterfly stairs at the entrance to create street appeal.They also added French doors and windows. BEFORE: The wraparound veranda on the house at 26 Gracemere St, Newmarket, before it was renovated. The pool at the house at 26 Gracemere St, Newmarket, after the renovation.WITH its beautiful wraparound veranda, city views and huge backyard, Maggie Slater was willing to see past the garish green paint job.After five previous home renovations, she and her builder husband, Martin, were used to putting in the hard work for the ultimate reward.The couple spent the past seven years restoring their home at 26 Gracemere Street in the inner-city suburb of Newmarket. BEFORE: The master bedroom in the house at 26 Gracemere St, Newmarket, before it was renovated. AFTER: Marble and Greystone were used throughout the kitchen.“We were mid reno when I had our first baby and she would just sleep through the reno work,” Mrs Slater said.They decided to keep the layout of the original kitchen, but modernised by adding new cabinets, an island bench and a walk-in pantry. BEFORE: The living room in the house at 26 Gracemere St, Newmarket, before it was renovated. AFTER: The back of the house at 26 Gracemere St, Newmarket, before it was renovated. BEFORE: The dining area of the house at 26 Gracemere St, Newmarket, before it was renovated. BEFORE: The bathroom in the house at 26 Gracemere St, Newmarket, before it was renovated.