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Video of the Week – Toowoomba being revitalised with changing of the guard

A fusion of character and contemporary styling in Toowoomba saw this five-bedroom heritage-listed property win the 2016 Master Builders award for best renovation between $575,000 - $1 million in the Western Downs area and is this week's Video of the Week.

Designed and built by Stuart Valdal, the director of multi-award-winning Vadal Projects, the award was one of six others the Toowoomba-based company won in 2016.

“We won four out of a possible five residential renovation categories and the ‘Commercial Renovation up to $2 Million’ category,” Stuart said, adding that they also secured the 2016 ‘Up and Coming Builder’ and ‘Women in Construction’ awards.

Asked why 37 Arthur Street was so special and Stuart said the judges approved of how the original 1926 heritage features were blended with modern styling and architecture in the extension.

“This house is a bit different for Toowoomba. It could be a trendy house in Sydney or Melbourne,” he said.

Ensuring function as well as form, the northern rear aspect is embraced with soaring five-metre glass panels and floor-to-ceiling windows in the master bedroom and living areas.

“In winter that glass really warms the house up. It has been specifically designed for a Toowoomba climate,” he said, adding that they provide views over the pool and garden which will come of age in around two years.

“It will be like a green canopy so when people come home it is their private oasis,” he said, adding that Arthur Street is a very tranquil area of Toowoomba.

Inside, no expense has been spared on fittings and furnishings. The showcase kitchen includes a butler’s pantry, Miele appliances, two ovens and a unique downdraft exhaust fan, further enhancing the property’s open-plan design.
“We have had a lot of good feedback but I guess we’ll see how it goes at the auction,” Stuart said.

Selling agent, Andrew Carter from Ray White Toowoomba described Valdal Projects as breaking new ground with the city embracing the change.

“Toowoomba has got this vibe. There is this energy coming through from the next generation and it is really livening things up. It feels like this property is an extension of that. It is exciting, very exciting!”

Asked about the expected selling price when the property goes to auction, 12 November on site, Andrew said it is difficult to tell due to the tightly held nature of the area and the property’s unique design.

“There really aren’t any comparable properties that have sold. A land comparison can be made with the 413 square metres which sold at 4A Arthur Street for $333,000 earlier this year,” he said.

Recent sales include character homes at 24 Arthur St and 32 Arthur St, which recently sold for $1.245 and $1.34 million respectively.

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