Meet the folks behind the Gold Coast’s high Instagram property renovations – and their DIY ideas

MEET the brand new breed of Gold Coast property renovators documenting each step.

These savvy social media content material creators have tapped into one other market with their epic home renovations – and are garnering an enormous following.

From a luxurious Hamptons abode and coastal seashore home to a self-titled “wreck” and farmhouse within the bush, we’ve picked out the highest Gold Coast home renovators on Instagram:

Instagram deal with: @ourproject.x

Full names: Matt Jamieson and Emma Sweeny

A render of @ourproject.x.


WOW issue and one-of-a-kind.

That’s what Matt Jamieson and Emma Sweeny wished to create after they began their mammoth renovation of RUIN X.

Wanting on the finish consequence, it’s apparent the pair have blitzed what they got down to obtain.

“RUIN X is filled with arches and curves with no sq. edges,” Ms Sweeny mentioned.

“We wished to create a house that had wow issue, a first-of-its-kind, you felt snug and welcomed as quickly as you walked in, an entertainer’s dream, minimal (and) an unimaginable structure.”

Emma Sweeny and Matt Jamieson run @ourproject.x.


The crew at @ourproject.x.


The pair, who run three full-time companies, purchased the Nineteen Eighties-built Burleigh Waters house in December, 2020.

“It’s on an enormous block, it had unimaginable bones, the very best location and very excessive ceilings,” Ms Sweeny mentioned.

“We at all times knew we had been going to renovate and to begin creating one-off houses which have by no means been seen earlier than.”

They enlisted the assistance of designer Jayson Pate in January, 2021 and spent 5 months renovating RUIN X.

The pair moved in simply earlier than Christmas, with the ultimate touches being accomplished this month.

Through the mammoth renovation of @ourproject.x.


“Our builder Bradford Constructions has been completely unimaginable,” she mentioned.

“Our home was a two-and-a-half-bedroom, two-bathroom and we’ve turned it right into a four-bedroom with our foremost having an enormous walk-in wardrobe, two loos, two dwelling areas, a carport, a pool and an enormous alfresco space.”

The pair aren’t afraid to push boundaries and determined to render the whole home – internally, externally and the flooring.

“We even obtained all the pieces powder coated, rendered or painted – aircon vents, smoke alarms, audio system, curtain tracks,” she mentioned.

“We wished a seamless house with all the pieces matching.

“We created a concrete diving board that’s rendered as nicely.”

And whereas documenting their renovation was initially only for household and buddies, curiosity quickly skyrocketed.

Emma Sweeny of @ourproject.x.


The concrete diving board in @ourproject.x.


Mr Jamieson owns Render X – a artistic rendering enterprise – and there was a number of hype on what he was going to do together with his first home renovation.

“We then determined we’d use this platform to showcase and assist native and small companies,” Ms Sweeny mentioned.

“It’s also so nice to return and watch and see what the home was and what we’ve created.”

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Instagram deal with: @lawnhillhome

Homeowners: Alyce and Ben Thew

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Alyce and Ben Thew, are at the moment renovating @lawnhillhome. Image Glenn Hampson


ALYCE and Ben Thew had been initially heading in the direction of a Hamptons renovation for Lawnhill House however determined to go in one other route.

“After dwelling there for a couple of months the house pulled me right into a route I by no means thought I’d like – the ‘Farmhouse’ type,” Mrs Thew mentioned.

“It’s precisely what Lawnhill House must be with the attractive large gumtrees, surrounding native bushland and abundance of wildlife.

“I’ve at all times mentioned it’s greatest to stay in a house earlier than doing any main renovations and to let the home inform you need it wants.

“We’re going extra with a ‘fashionable farmhouse’ with loads of heat, allure and character with out it being too nation or rustic.”

@lawnhillhome entrance pre renovation.


@lawnhillhome with its new entrance.


The pair, who’ve two daughters, determined to doc the method to assist and encourage others.

“Earlier than we began renovating I drew a number of my inspiration from Instagram accounts and I obtained a number of precious info from interacting with them with reference to color decisions, and flooring choices,” she mentioned.

“There additionally isn’t a number of ‘fashionable farmhouse’ type houses in Australia on Instagram so I believed I could possibly fill a distinct segment.

“We additionally principally DIY all the pieces ourselves so I believed it could be an amazing house to share the method and assist others who need to try DIY.”

@lawnhillhome has been utterly remodeled.


Since shopping for the property 12 months in the past, the household has already made a number of beauty modifications.

“We began with yellow partitions, blue carpet, terracotta tiles and a timber look kitchen with brown bench tops,” Mrs Thew mentioned.

“Now we have now crisp white partitions, VJ panelling, timber flooring, new inner doorways, a brand new entrance door, all new electrical together with characteristic lights and we’re halfway by way of a kitchen renovation.

“The largest problem to date must be dwelling and not using a full functioning kitchen for the previous month. It’s been a juggle however I do know it will likely be value it.”

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Alyce and Ben Thew are at the moment renovating their home. Image Glenn Hampson


And with everybody capable of watch the transformation unfold on Instagram, it’s no shock the earlier proprietor stumbled throughout the web page.

“She contacted me to say that she is loving watching us rework the house and is so thrilled to see that the house is bringing a lot pleasure to our household because it did for her household,” Mrs Thew mentioned.

“I’ve invited her out for a cuppa when the kitchen is full.”

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Instagram deal with: @our_cactus_abode

Homeowners: Alex and Ryan Hutchinson

Alex and Ryan Hutchinson (with son Ziggy) of @our_cactus_abode.


ALEX and Ryan Hutchinson can’t journey abroad as a result of pandemic, so that they have introduced the vacation vibes into their very own home.

The couple purchased a four-beroom home in Elanora in 2016 earlier than they spent a 12 months travelling round Australia of their caravan.


“On returning house we have now spent 2020 and 2021 renovating our very dated guesthouse (granny flat) for our interstate household and buddies to take pleasure in and sections of our foremost home that had been needing a revamp.,” Ms Hutchinson mentioned.

“Our good buddy Bridgland Builders have been superb in seeing our visions come to life.”

Their home, which is 2 minutes to the seashore, is a mix of some totally different types.

“Our guesthouse positively has extra of a Bali vacation vibe so it seems like you’re on a vacation once you go to however our foremost home I’d say has extra of a coastal Mediterranean really feel happening,” she mentioned.

“In the event you can’t journey abroad to all these attractive locations it’s good to carry a bit of little bit of these vibes to your individual house.”


Ms Hutchinson mentioned their Instagram account allowed them to look bar and see how far they’d include their renovation.

“We by no means dreamt our home may appear to be it does now,” she mentioned.

“We have now cherished sharing our journey on Instagram and have made so many pretty connections with different households on the identical renovation journey.

“It’s so nice to have the ability to get a great deal of inspiration in addition to useful ideas from like minded folks and in addition to have the ability to encourage different folks with your individual design decisions.”

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Instagram deal with: @goldcoast_reno

Homeowners: Josh Burkin and Ariana Margetts

Ariana Margetts and Josh Burkin of @goldcoast_reno.


A GROUND flooring property, a number of pure gentle and an enormous entertaining courtyard house had been excessive on the property wishlist of Josh Burkin and Ariana Margetts.

The couple had been on the lookout for an condo to flip and splashed $300,000 on their rundown beachside condo in January, 2021.

“We had been capable of finding a spot that ticked all three packing containers however because it was a backside of the market purchase, all the pieces else wanted doing … and I imply all the pieces,” Ms Margetts mentioned.

“We knew the place had nice bones, and nice potential for development with direct entry to the Broadwater.”


As quickly as they obtained the keys the pair set to work and located a couple of surprises alongside the best way.

“We discovered a shock bulkhead once we demolished the kitchen – it wasn’t within the design plans so needed to rapidly work round it,” she mentioned.

“We additionally discovered shock tiles below 20 12 months lino within the kitchen.

“What went from a easy job of taking over lino and changing it with flooring boards ended up being a bunch of further hours smashing tiles, grinding and re-levelling the concrete.”

The brand new kitchen in @goldcoast_reno.


Mr Burkin is a building supervisor and engineer and tackled all the demolition and renovations himself.

“From laying flooring to knocking out partitions and plastering, Josh did all of it,” she mentioned.

“The largest commerce problem was by far chopping tiles.

“I knew the precise type of tile I wished, however each single considered one of them wanted to be minimize in half. We went by way of packing containers and packing containers of damaged tiles making an attempt to chop them.

“A lot in order that at one level we joked about tiling a loopy pave as an alternative.”


They mentioned the net renovation group has been nothing however supportive.

“The quantity of free recommendation, ideas and tips you’ll be able to decide up is the principle profit for us,” she mentioned.

“It’s additionally nice to have the ability to maintain updated with rising inside tendencies, and study homeware gross sales or specials.

“We’ve discovered it tremendous supportive, and have at all times had an amazing expertise when asking for suggestions on totally different picks or plans.”

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Instagram deal with: @renovatingmates

Full identify:Perri and Eddie Beith


RENOVATING Mates is all about serving to different folks efficiently flip and revenue from their house renovations.

Perri and Eddie Beith are behind the account – the pair has renovated 15 properties collectively.

“(We) at all times shared snippets on-line and had an excellent response, so we determined to begin Renovating Mates as a platform devoted solely to our renovations,” they mentioned.

“We really feel like there’s a lack of awareness on what to search for and how one can efficiently flip and revenue so we’d love to assist folks do that.”

Mr Beith, a builder who runs Beith Constructing, has greater than 10 years of expertise within the constructing trade.

Perri Beith of @renovatingmates.


The pair mentioned being within the trade positively helped when it got here to their very own home renovations.

“You will have a greater relationship with trades and suppliers so you may get the very best worth but in addition ebook all the pieces accordingly due to your information of the way it will unfold in addition to preserve a greater high quality,” they mentioned.

“We at all times advocate in case you’re doing an enormous renovation, you rent a builder.

“They will prevent some huge cash in the long term.”

The couple’s newest challenge is a double story brick home in Broadbeach Waters.



The pair purchased it in 2021 and mentioned it was virtually unliveable.

“The principle dwelling space was upstairs with a small room downstairs and a storage,” they mentioned.

“As soon as we stripped it again the home was in (a) dangerous situation, so it has taken it a number of work to get it to the place it’s.

“After we have now completed the renovation it’s going to have 4 bedrooms, three loos, a powder room, two dwelling areas, workplace, five-car storage, pool, and a big yard.

“It’s obtained a really heat beachy really feel with a contact of sophistication.”


They provided this tip when it got here to renovating:

“Don’t fear about doing it completely, simply begin and determine it out alongside the best way,” the mentioned.

“Ask for suggestions from folks on what they need to see and share as a lot as you’ll be able to.”

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Instagram deal with: @ourmermaidreno

Full names:Amy Rose and Shaun West


THIS home is just not for the faint-hearted.

A half pipe and poolside health club praise the yard at Amy Rose and Shaun West’s Mermaid Waters property.

The pair have a single-level four-bedder on an 826sq m block full with a pool and outside entertaining space.

The half pipe in @ourmermaidreno.


“We’re slowly chipping away at our renovating goals (and) turning our house right into a shiny and lightweight fashionable coastal house for our household and buddies to take pleasure in all 12 months spherical,” Ms Rose mentioned.

“Once we initially moved within the gardens had been very overgrown.

“Since then we have now cleared most vegetation from the entrance and backyards, permitting extra pure gentle to filter onto the property.”



The pair mentioned they’d at all times loved watching different folks construct and renovate their houses and so it was a no brainer to share their very own journey on-line.

“We simply hoped we may do the identical for another person by creating an Instagram account of our personal renovating journey,” she mentioned.

And their greatest tip to budding renovators: “Create imaginative and prescient boards that can assist you determine on the colors and concepts you are attempting to carry to life”.

“At all times have a go at it your self (some issues do have to be carried out by an expert) however don’t be afraid to ask for assist.”

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Instagram deal with: @our.subsequent.challenge

Full identify: Nicki and Paul Harms

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Nicky and Paul Harms are behind @our.subsequent.challenge. Image: Richard Gosling


PAUL and Nicki Harms are old-hands in the case of renovating on the Gold Coast.

Mr Harms, who runs PJH Constructions, has been a professional builder for 15 years and has labored throughout lots of of tasks throughout the town.

Along with spouse Nicki they’ve constructed or renovated 9 houses – and infrequently stay in them alongside the best way.

PAUL and Nicki Harms’ newest three way partnership is Kooringal Lodge at Tallebudgera Valley. They doc their construct on @our.subsequent.challenge.


Their newest three way partnership is Kooringal Lodge at Tallebudgera Valley and Ms Harms admits it’s the most important renovation they’d ever undertaken.

“We’re so enthusiastic about this property,” Ms Harms mentioned.

“Aside from the spectacular and secluded location, the home goes to be totally different from what we often do when it comes to type and structure.

“The house has a contemporary alpine lodge really feel with some superb architectural options.

“That is the most important renovation we have now ever carried out so we expect its thrilling to see the transformation from begin to end.”

Kooringal Lodge is documented on @our.subsequent.challenge


Kooringal Lodge is on very non-public block with a working freshwater creek and is about to characteristic a pool, two firepit areas, cellar wall, grasp retreat, a number of entertaining areas and a separate two bed room guesthouse

“The renovation has been designed by Reece Keil and he’s created a tremendous house that will probably be an absolute dream to stay in,” Ms Harms mentioned.

“It’s going to be a completely built-in, refined good house as nicely which ought to attraction to many individuals.”

They mentioned their greatest problem, aside from the rain, was guaranteeing the present home and extension labored seamlessly throughout the block.

A render of Kooringal Lodge, as documented on @our.subsequent.challenge.


“We’ve tried to maintain a number of the present components whereas altering the general type, structure and rising the dimensions enormously,” Ms Harms mentioned.

“The architect has carried out a tremendous job of constructing this work.”

The pair have continued to doc work at Kooringal Lodge on their Instagram account.

“Typically it’s a little bit of enjoyable for folks to observe the journey of a renovation and see what will be achieved with a bunch of actually nice tradesman, contractors and suppliers,” she mentioned.

“Earlier than and after pictures together with 3D rendered photos assist folks visualise what you’re hoping to realize.”

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Instagram deal with: @ourhamptonshaven

Homeowners:Hannah Polites and Garth Small

Hannah Polites, Garth Small, pictured with their youngsters, are renovating @ourhamptonshaven. Image: Instagram.


INFLUENCER Hannah Polites has been documenting her Hamptons renovation a lot to the delight of her followers.

Ms Polites and her husband are reworking their dream house right into a coastal Hamptons haven.

Their newest reveal included the kitchen, butler’s pantry, laundry, powder room and children’ rest room.

The Hamptons kitchen in @ourhamptonshaven. Image: Instagram.


“The kitchen is the center of the house and the house the place we spend probably the most time,” Ms Polites wrote on Instagram.

“The entire planning, the transferring issues from one room to a different, packing whereas pregnant, dwelling with my mother and father and many others, it was all value it.”

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Instagram deal with: @styleshousereno

Homeowners: Carol and Wayne Types


IF you’re keen on Palm Springs styling, this home is for you.

This home, as soon as dubbed the road’s ‘ugly duckling’ has been remodeled into a surprising Palm Springs oasis.

Homeowners Carol and Wayne Types purchased the rundown 1975-built home in Sorrento in the course of the peak of the pandemic final 12 months.

35 Allawah St, Sorrento in 2020, earlier than the house owners renovated the property right into a Palm Springs oasis.


After: What a metamorphosis.


“We thought we’d do Hamptons however as a result of the home had a flat roof we weren’t actually certain,” she mentioned.

“It was my niece who set us down the Palm Springs path as the home had a flat roof.

“She despatched me an image of a home with breeze blocks and we knew we needed to maintain the breeze block wall we already had. From there it simply developed as we went alongside.”

The couple, who lived in the home in the course of the renovation course of, raised the roof, gutted the residence, and prolonged the dwelling space to create a four-bedroom, two-bathroom house with an open-plan design.


Breeze blocks, desert type landscaping and a shiny orange door units the tone from the entrance whereas raked ceilings, wallpaper and timber proceed the Palm Springs vibe inside.

“Once we began researching into Palm Springs type we knew we needed to do a shiny entrance door,” she mentioned.

Out the again, a coated entertaining pavilion full with a barbecue space overlooks the pool.

“We saved the again storage and remodeled it into the poolside entertaining space,” Mrs Types mentioned.

“It’s not even recognisable as the identical pool and we spend a lot day out right here.”

The pair offered the property this month.

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