The historic Riversleigh property in Emu Park
The historic Riversleigh property in Emu Park (858) 453-20

What does this historic home look like after renovations?

FOR Liz and Dan Leahy renovating the Riversleigh homestead was a "labour of love"

The couple who own D&E Constructions on the Capricorn Coast were contacted by the homestead owners and jumped at the chance to complete a full veranda renovation to the historical building.

Liz and Dan were brought on board the Riversleigh homestead project in December last year before starting construction in January of this year.

It was a hard four months of work for the pair with the homestead being fully renovated and finished April.

But it seems as if their dedication to the project paid off with the couple receiving the Central Queensland and housing construction award for home renovation/remodelling projects at the Master Builders awards last Friday.


Liz said she and her husband worked in collaboration with draftsman Gill Kerr to create a design which ensured they kept within the heritage style of the house.

"It is a project that is quiet rare to find for local builders so we were extremely excited to be brought on board for it provided a bit of a challenge for us as builders having not done something like this before but we gave it our best shot," she said.

"My husband was particularly interested in the craftsmanship that's involved in this sort of work so he was really excited to undertake this project and really enjoyed completing the project particularly since it was a more heritage style renovation.

"We're keen to pick up more of this sort of work."

Liz and Dan came across a few challenges when renovating the homestead such as having to handcraft brackets which weren't available locally.

"The original homestead was built in the 1890's so because it was a renovation we were working with the old as well as trying to incorporate the new so that's always a challenge for builders," Liz explained.

"Particularly trying to get the right look and everything for that sort of era, that periodic sort of Queensland era so that was a challenge.

"But our draftsman was able to come up with a design that was going to work and it was sort of all on from there and we're really pleased with how it turned out.

"I guess it was a labour of love for everybody involved."


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