Located in Brisbane’s charming Chelmer, 35 Hanlan Street is a beautifully restored heritage home that offers the perfect mix of traditional class and modern living. Place Bulimba’s Paul Curtain purchased the 3-bedroom property in its original condition before working with Innovare Builders to revitalise and transform the home into a contemporary masterpiece.

Renovated with a family lifestyle in mind, this single-storey home now boasts four bedrooms, five bathrooms, three living spaces and a world-class outdoor entertaining area. Crisp white walls and high ceilings create a calming, light and bright setting that showcases the preserved traditional features throughout the property.

An exposed brick wall hallway opens up onto the open-plan kitchen and living area, where skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows ensure a grand and commodious ambience. The island kitchen features heritage-inspired bespoke timber cabinetry, European marble benchtops and state of the art appliances. Store party essentials in the -bottle wine cellar or generous butler’s pantry and host lavish dinner parties around the metres-long island bench and eight-seater dining table.

The kitchen spills into a fireplace-centred lounge room, before opening onto the timber outdoor deck. Stacking slider doors provide a seamless transition between these spaces, ensuring the rear of the home is sundrenched all year round. It’s the ideal place to soak up Brisbane’s idyllic weather by the 12-metre pool and enjoy the calming ambience of lush native greenery.

There are four bedrooms in the home, all with built-in robes and three that offer ensuites. The former master bedroom was combined with the original dining room to create a palatial and decadent bedroom retreat. This space now presents a designer walk-in-robe with wall- to-wall dressing mirrors and a master ensuite with a free-standing bath and double vanity. The remaining bathrooms are equally impressive, each showcasing opulent marble benchtops, golden fixtures and restored heritage-style feature lights.

The formal living space and media room are found at the home’s front, separated by a light- filled home office. Thanks to the voice and movement-activated smart home technology, these spaces offer the opportunity for zoned living while remaining connected to the rest of the home. Innovare Builders was delighted to partner with Paul Curtain to transform this rich slice of Brisbane’s history into one of the city’s most commanding and unique properties.


After securing a 1908-home in the leafy streets of Chelmer, Place Bulimba’s Paul Curtain approached Innovare Builders to help restore the property to its traditional beauty, while also giving the home a contemporary flair. What started as a tired, completely original and unassuming 3-bedroom home is now a bold, sleek and enduring 5-bedroom property that demands attention from the get-go.

In an ode to the property’s rich history, we cultivated a neutral colour palette throughout the home that draws attention towards the restored heritage features, such as preserved cornice, VJ panelling and the exposed brick hallway. This simple backdrop also provided the ideal canvas for eccentric and contemporary accents. Patterned wallpaper in the bathrooms injects a distinctly unique character, while the various feature lights and engineered timber flooring throughout the home offer an industrial feel.

As modern life continues to intensify, this property will remain a true sanctuary for respite. Every material and feature was handpicked for durability, ensuring the property is both stylish and low maintenance. A true balance of classic style and modern elements, 35 Hanlan Street is now one of Brisbane’s most exclusive properties.

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