The kitchen was dated. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe garden was overgrown.The once tired and dated house at 13 Salerno St, Isle of Capri, is now a modern home.“I’d say it took about eight months,” Mrs Lavender said.“In saying that, I was living in the property, which made it go slower.”She retained some of the original materials and made them standout features of the home, including slate that is now part of the fireplace and outdoor privacy wall.“I tried to utilise the elements that were already in the home,” Mrs Lavender said.“I love that retro, mid-century feel of stone and wooden floors. The backyard with entertainment deck and pool is much more inviting. What the front of 13 Salerno St looks like now. The home at 13 Salerno St before the renovation. The kitchen is much more versatile after the renovation. Mrs Lavender said the bedroom was her “sanctuary”.“I knocked walls out in the kitchen and what was the carport is now part of the house.“I added onto the back of the house a bedroom, ensuite and walk-in wardrobe.”She also relandscaped the entire yard, replacing most of the grass and overgrown trees with low maintenance plants.Her favourite part of the home is her “sanctuary” bedroom, which overlooks the pool and a water feature.“The thing I’m most excited about is I had a vision and it turned out better than I thought,” Mrs Lavender said.The property will go under the hammer on Sunday, May 20, at 11am. It’s amazing how big a difference a renovation makes.THIS 1970s Surfers Paradise home was in desperate need of some tender love and care when Anthea Lavender bought it.She had grand plans for its transformation from the moment she walked in.Three years later, the interior decorator and artist says it has turned out better than she envisioned.