Ella Riggert outside the house before it was renovated. The bathroom in the house at 113 Malcolm St, Hawthorne, before it was renovated. One of the bathrooms in the house after the renovation.And while they admit they didn’t do it on their own, it was still a major part of their lives for nine months.“I got extremely good at climbing ladders in heels!” Ms Riggert said.“I was on site every day, making choices, solving problems – it was a constant work in progress.“I had never attempted anything on this scale before and was probably a little bit naive about what that was going to look like.”The couple bought the property at 113 Malcolm St, Hawthorne, for $1.3 million in 2014.“My partner, Cameron, came across it,” Ms Riggert said.“We weren’t looking for a renovator, but it was in an amazing position.“You’re right on the City Cat stop … the position was unbelievable.” Ella Riggert at the house she is selling at 113 Malcolm St, Hawthorne. Image: AAP/John Gass.ELLA Riggert took one look at the bathroom and shuddered.She had managed to get past the “lovely mustard colour” of the home’s exterior and even the dark, dank kitchen with paint peeling off the walls, but the bathroom was another level of awful.In a transformation akin to something out of the television series The Block, Ms Riggert and her partner, Cameron McColl, have pulled off one heck of a renovation. The house at 113 Malcolm St, Hawthorne, is barely recognisable after the renovation.But she admits the couple knew they were taking on a mammoth job.“I’ve grown up in a family of designers, but I clearly remember my mum, Catherine, who is a lifetime interior designer, quietly walking around the house and nodding her head – even she didn’t know how we were going to make that house attractive,” Ms Riggert said.“It was only ever supposed to be a renovator … however, through the process of doing the renovation, we fell in love with it and have stayed for three years now.”Before its meticulous renovation, the original, 70-year-old Queenslander was home to one family, with 12 children raised there.“They kept the house in the family until the last child had finished using it and he was in his late 50s,” Ms Riggert said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoThe kitchen in the house at 113 Malcolm St, Hawthorne, before the renovation. The house at 113 Malcolm St, Hawthorne, before the renovation. The kitchen after the renovation. The kitchen before the renovation. The house after the renovation. Picture: realestate.com.au.Mr Riggert said she had never had a “natural love for Queenslanders”, but that had now changed. “I have come to love some of those really old aspects that I didn’t like previously,” she said.But she was determined to make the home light and airy, especially downstairs.“We put banks and banks of louvres in and made it into a beautiful space,” she said.Ms Riggert said one of the aspects that set the home apart from others was the fusion of new and old.“I have kept the original, pressed plaster ceilings and leadlight windows in the bedrooms and given it a contemporary chandelier and black skirting boards and doors,” she said. “When people come in they usually do a double take – they just don’t expect the inside to look like it does.”The property is listed for sale by negotiation through Milad Askari of M8 Realty.RENO FACT CHECK:Time taken: 9 monthsTotal spend: $700,000End valuation: Low to mid $2m The front of the house after the renovation.The main bedroom has a walk-in-wardrobe and separate shoe cabinetry, ensuite and parents’ relaxation room\nursery.Extras include a large home office, a push-button gas fireplace, ducted reverse-cycle airconditioning, zoned security system and double lockup garage. The downstairs kitchen and dining area in the house after the renovation.The house, on 420 sqm with a 20m frontage, has been completely gutted and raised to make a two-level residence, comprising five bedrooms and three bathrooms.“There was a lot of time spent on the design because we wanted to create an amazing family home that was low maintenance and had everything that you needed,” Ms Riggert said.“I did a lot of research with agents about what’s most appealing to families, then we started the architectural process.”After seeing the condition of the original kitchen, Ms Riggert said they spared no expense in creating a new one downstairs, which features premium Swiss made V-ZUG appliances and Corian benchtops, as well as a separate walk-in butler’s pantry.There’s even a second, outdoor kitchen with a barbecue, sink, range hood and two drinks fridges. The front of the house at 113 Malcolm St, Hawthorne, before the renovation.