Matt Ganter at the house he has renovated in Enoggera. Picture: Peter Wallis.FOR two years, Matt Ganter’s kitchen consisted of two gas cookers and a microwave.But the kitchen designer did not dare tell his clients that.“Quite often, when I’d sit down with people over the dining table or benchtop and design their kitchens, they’d say to me; ‘I can’t imagine what your kitchen looks like — it must be amazing!’” Mr Ganter said.As someone who designs the most important room in the house for a living, it’s not surprising a lot of time and effort went into the kitchen in the Brisbane house he has just finished renovating.The front of the house at 22 Gizeh St, Enoggera, before the renovation. Pic supplied.The front of the house at 22 Gizeh St, Enoggera, after the renovation. Pic supplied.The room is one of the most dramatic transformations in the grand Queenslander that is four times bigger than the original house Mr Ganter bought at 22 Gizeh St, Enoggera.“It’s an extensive renovation,” Mr Ganter said.“I only finished it in the last few days and every conceivable thing was done to this house.”The original property was built in the 1920s and, from what Mr Ganter could see, had not been touched since.“That made it really easy for me,” he said.“I didn’t want to walk in to a house that someone had tinkered with.”The kitchen in the house at 22 Gizeh St, Enoggera, before it was renovated.The kitchen in the house before the renovation. Pic supplied.The kitchen in the house at 22 Gizeh St, Enoggera, after the renovation. Pic supplied.The kitchen in the house after it was renovated.Mr Ganter recalls it being the last house he inspected when he was looking for his next renovation project in 2012.“Immediately when I drove up, I saw it was across the road from a park and on a big block, which was an absolute prerequisite,” he said.“More importantly than anything else, it was a blank canvas, and that allowed me to obviously have great scope with what I could do with the property.”The bathroom in the house at 22 Gizeh St, Enoggera, before the renovation. Pic supplied.One of the bathrooms in the house at 22 Gizeh St, Enoggera, after the renovation. Pic supplied.Another bathroom at the house after it was renovated.And so began a journey that would keep Mr Ganter busy for the next six-and-a-half years.Stage one of the renovation involved raising the house, changing the configuration by moving a few walls and installing some new ones, and then renovating the existing footprint.That took about three months and resulted in two bedrooms, a bathroom and an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe.“The plan of attack was that I had a certain amount of money to go towards stage one to make it sufficient to move into,” Mr Ganter said.There was no kitchen or laundry in that section of the house, as they were in the sleep-out, so Mr Ganter had to be resourceful.The backyard of the property at 22 Gizeh St, Enoggera, before it was renovated.The backyard at the house at 22 Gizeh St, Enoggera, after it was renovated.The second stage involved building an extension on to the back of the house, tearing down some more existing walls, installing a new kitchen with a butler’s pantry, creating a new dining area and adding on a deck.“From a kitchen perspective, I wasn’t held by the constraints a lot of people have when renovating,” Mr Ganter said.“I put the walls where I needed them to be to suit the kitchen footprint I had planned.“If it’s a house more than 20 or 30 years old, nine out of 10 of the kitchens are going to be too small for our modern needs.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoThe third stage of the renovation involved building in downstairs.This involved creating a double-car garage, three bedrooms, a bathroom, a rumpus room and a kitchenette and laundry.Inside the house at 22 Gizeh St, Enoggera, before it was renovated.One of the bedrooms in the house at 22 Gizeh St, Enoggera, after it was renovated.In terms of aesthetics, Mr Ganter said the house “definitely has a Hamptons feel to it” through the furnishings and style of the kitchen, while keeping in character with the original property.“It looks like a Queenslander, and one of the things that was really important to me, was that I wanted to do justice to the original house,” he said.“Once completed, I wanted to be able to walk through the house and not see where an extension had been done.”Some of the original features Mr Ganter was careful to replicate and maintain included the exposed rafters and ballustrading at the front of the house, and the hoop pine flooring, which took him eight phone calls to find.“The other significant feature is the crisscross panelled ceiling,” Mr Ganter said.“We copied that ceiling and replicated it in the extension.“Luckily I had a cabinet maker who said he’d do it for me!”The pool being installed during the renovation.The travertine pool after it was completed.The landscaped back yard makes the most of the 797 sqm block and features a unique, silver travertine pool.“The concept of the pool came to me over 20 years,” Mr Ganter said.Mr Ganter designed the house and did a lot of the work himself, and, being in the industry, knew many of the tradespeople he recruited to help him.This was Mr Ganter’s fourth house renovation and he’s already keen to move on to his next project.“I’ll find another house and do the same thing,” he said.“You definitely have to have a passion for it and it’s hard to commit to every weekend.“Do I do something social or spend another six hours on the house? That’s been my life for well over six years.”The deck that was added on to the house at 22 Gizeh St, Enoggera.But he does not regret it.“One of the benefits of taking time to do a renovation is that before you get to the next step, you have a lot of time to think about what you’re going to do,” he said.“It doesn’t eliminate mistakes, but it minimises the amount that you make.”The five-bedroom, three-bathroom property is being marketed by Ray White – Ashgrove and is scheduled for auction at 10am on February 9, 2019.RENO FACT CHECKTime taken: 6.5 yearsTotal spend: Over $500,000End valuation: Going to auction so cannot give a price guide.