The home at 49 Allen St, Wynnum after the renovation. Picture: supplied.When Leah and Ashley Milton inspected an asbestos shack at 49 Allen St, Wynnum earlier this year they both agreed it was beyond redemption. But somehow they went from saying ‘no thanks to signing a sales contract in what felt like minutes, Ms Milton said. “We thought what have we gotten ourselves into,” she said. Now, the couple has no regrets about choosing the two-bedroom home as their fifth renovation project. “It was a house that could have been easily knocked down but we thought no, let’s save it,” Ms Milton said. The home at 49 Allen Street, Wynnum before the renovation. MORE NEWS: Queensland’s cheapest homes revealed Grand Slam homes hot property How young couple now live debt-free “It had great bones – hardwood frames and hardwood floors. “We don’t want to keep seeing these places knocked down, especially in Wynnum, which is where we live.” The more the Miltons dug into the history of the home, the more they fell in love with it. “It was built by a woman in 1960. She paid $2500 for the land,” Ms Milton said. “She had suddenly become a widow and needed to build a house for her and her three children. This was all she could afford but to her it was special. It was her home.” The old kitchen before the Miltons transformed the house. Picture: supplied. The new kitchen features a bold colour palette and a custom island bench. Picture: supplied.The original owner was affectionately called Tilly by bayside locals, as she was known for the utility she drove, so the Miltons named the house Tilly in her honour.During the seven month renovation of Tilly , the Miltons had all the asbestos professional removed and the house stripped back to its bare bones. New cladding, gyprock, roof, plumbing and wiring were installed and the floor plan was reconfigured to create open-plan living, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The landscaping was completely redone as well. The couple documented the renovation through their Facebook page, The Milton Project.They did a lot of the work themselves and salvaged as much character as they could, including the hardwood floors, original french doors that lead into the ensuite, and the casement windows. One of living spaces before the renovation. Picture: supplied. The home now has open-plan living spaces. Picture: supplied.“Ash made the island bench in the kitchen from old timber from the house,” Ms Milton said. “The kitchen itself is very sweet. I went with a bold colour as it’s a smaller kitchen and it needed to be a statement.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoThe couple also installed new sky lights to flood the house with natural light and they created new bathrooms. “One of the bathrooms we kept quite traditional with timber floor, a pedestal basin and mosaic pebble tile,” Ms Milton said. “The ensuite we went a bit more modern but with a claw foot tub. I keep saying to myself I need to use that bath. The property has sold, so I need to do it before it settles.” The claw foot tub the in the ensuite is standout feature of the renovated home. Picture: supplied. Tilly was sold earlier this month by Sam Patterson of Duke Realty to a young couple with a baby. “Knowing it is going to a family is the cherry on top of the completed renovation,” Ms Milton said. “We have two young children ourselves so juggling work and the renovation was very draining.“Our goal was to ensure the home would stand for another 60 years so it really nice know we have given the property a new lease on life and that it will remain a family home.” RENO FACTS:Time taken: seven monthsTotal spend: $120,000 The backyard before the makeover. Picture: supplied. And the backyard after the renovation. Picture: supplied.