The view from 95 Elliott St, HawthorneSit on the rooftop terrace at 95 Elliott Street in Hawthorne and the bright lights of Brisbane’s city skyline are spread out before you.It was the thought of this spectacular view that in 2015 convinced Megan Holden and her husband Daniel that the dilapidated Queenslander standing on the block could be transformed into their family dream home. 95 Elliot St in Hawthorne is built on a flood-free block.“The house was in an horrific condition,” Megan says. “It was a real eyesore. Yet we loved the street. It’s really wide and close to the city, and while we thought we’d have some views if we built up, we didn’t expect to have views like this.” The sprawling five-bedroom, five-bathroom home that stands on the double 820sq m block bears little resemblance to its more humble beginnings. The kitchen and living room which spills out on to an outdoor deckIn fact, only two bedrooms of the original Queenslander remain. The rest of the property’s design and layout is down to Megan. “I did all the internal floorplan, with a just a little bit of help from a draftsman to touch it up,” she says.With three young children, now aged six, five and three, Megan says her biggest consideration was that the house suited family living. “There’s a big butler’s pantry and laundry. You can be doing the cooking and see right through the house to keep an eye on the kids and there are three big living rooms for them to roam loose in,” she says. The 6m-long study is super spaciousMegan admits to having visited more than 200 open houses in the area over the years to cherrypick the best ideas from the most luxury houses to include in their four-level home.Take the study, for example. Far from being a nook, it stretches to 6m and has windows down its length. Meanwhile, off the master bedroom lies one of Megan’s favourite spaces — the The dressing room is as big as a bedroomdressing room. As big as a bedroom, Megan says a lot of work and planning went into the space. “I figured if someone could afford a house this size, they must have the accessories to go with it and would need somewhere to put them. I have four hanging sections just for me and a shoe wall.”Her husband, on the other hand, prefers the basement, with its pool table and wine rack. Both love the swimming pool, which has two underwater seats from which you can watch the television on the back deck. The “man cave”For the interiors, Megan has kept the scheme neutral and classic.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago“I wanted to keep the decor classic, so it doesn’t go out of fashion. You don’t want to have to start changing or updating it in five years’ time,” she says.Should a potential buyer feel they need even more space than this home has to offer, they could build on the adjoining vacant block, also owned by the Holdens, which has council approval and is available through separate negotiation. Before buying 95 Elliott St the Holdens already lived in Hawthorne but decided to move when they saw the block was not affected by flooding.“The suburb floods, but this block is a bit up a hill and above the flood level, which means we didn’t have to raise it off the ground,” Megan said. The house has an adjoining block, which has approval to be built onThe longer the family stays at 95 Elliott Street, Megan says the harder it is to let go. “It’s no hardship living here that’s for sure.” However, the family has another home in New Farm, which they want to renovate and which is closer to Daniel’s work. The home’s panoramic viewsExpressions of interest in the house close on April 1, through Sarah Hackett of Place estate agency.Until then the Holdens plan on making the most of their panoramic views, watching the sun set over the city, champagne in hand. Cheers.