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Queensland handyman to transform Charters Towers ‘crack den’ into family home

A handyman has taken on the ultimate renovation project to turn an abandoned ‘crack den’ into a white picket fence family home, giving himself less than three months to complete the ambitious job.

Nat Redgrave bought a home in the Queensland town of Charters Towers, two hours south of Townsville, and on Monday shared a video of its rundown inside.

He took to Facebook to ask about investment properties in the area and received a message from the home’s former owner.

‘I hadn’t seen it, I was just going off a couple of photos,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

‘Once we’d bought it, I sat down with a carpenter and his initial reaction was ‘no way mate, you’ve got to cancel this contract’.’

‘It’s an achievable renovation, just a lot of manual labour.’ 

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Queensland renovator Nat Redgrave bought a ‘crack den’ three-bedroom home (above) in Charter Towers for under $60,000 

A video from Monday showed the overgrown front yard of the home, its burnt-out power box, filthy interior still filled with the previous owner’s possession, dingy kitchen and bathroom. 

Mr Redgrave said he bought the three-bedroom home for just under $60,000 and hopes to cap the renovations costs at $70,000. 

He said he’d initially called the home a ‘crack den’ as a joke but has since found a few items that suggest people were using drugs inside the home.

‘I expected to find a lot, judging from the outside of the home,’ he said. 

‘I haven’t found too much, just a box of syringes and a spoon with a bend and a burnt bottom.’

In a viral video on Monday, Mr Redgrave showed the filthy interior of the home, its burnt out power box and overgrown garden (pictured, the fridge on Monday)

In a viral video on Monday, Mr Redgrave showed the filthy interior of the home, its burnt out power box and overgrown garden (pictured, the fridge on Monday)

Mr Redgrave shared photos of what the home looked like after one day of cleaning (pictured, the kitchen and cleared fridge space on Tuesday)

Mr Redgrave shared photos of what the home looked like after one day of cleaning (pictured, the kitchen and cleared fridge space on Tuesday)

The first video on Monday showed the home still full of the previous owner's unwanted possessions (pictured, a bedroom inside the home on Monday)

The first video on Monday showed the home still full of the previous owner’s unwanted possessions (pictured, a bedroom inside the home on Monday)

With help from friends, he cleared a lot of rubbish from the home and tore up its old flooring (pictured, the bedroom on Tuesday)

With help from friends, he cleared a lot of rubbish from the home and tore up its old flooring (pictured, the bedroom on Tuesday)

Nat Redgrave (above) is determined to turn the Charters Towers 'crack den' into a picket-fence family home in just over two months

Nat Redgrave (above) is determined to turn the Charters Towers ‘crack den’ into a picket-fence family home in just over two months

He said the home was a one-off, ‘cat among the pigeons’ in an otherwise nice neighbourhood, adding that the locals were excited to see the eyesore transformed in the near future.

He hopes the home will be ‘safe, neat and cute’ in around two months and put on the market for around $220,000.

‘The house looks crazy but it’s got decent floors and a good roof,’ Mr Redgrave said.

‘The kitchen is alright and the bathroom is pretty good, it just needs a good clean up.

‘We’ll put a picket-fence out the front, make it a bit cute and it’ll be ready to sell.’ 

Several items found inside the home suggest people previously staying there were using drugs including a bent and burnt spoon (above) and syringes

Several items found inside the home suggest people previously staying there were using drugs including a bent and burnt spoon (above) and syringes

Mr Redgrave said he hopes to transform the home (above) into a 'safe, neat and cute' picket-fence family home in just over two months with $70,000

Mr Redgrave said he hopes to transform the home (above) into a ‘safe, neat and cute’ picket-fence family home in just over two months with $70,000

The videos about the ‘crack den reno’ have blown up on TikTok with the hard-working Queensland renovator gaining over 25,000 followers overnight.

He said he plans on sharing more of the renovation, having already ripped up the home’s old carpets and cleaned away a lot of rubbish from the home.

Mr Redgrave shared photos with Daily Mail Australia of the home one day after viral video was filmed. 

The home (pictured, a bedroom in the home on Monday) is expected to sell for about $220,000 after Mr Redgrave's renovations

The home (pictured, a bedroom in the home on Monday) is expected to sell for about $220,000 after Mr Redgrave’s renovations

Charters Towers is a small town of about 11,600 people located 137km southwest of Townsville.

The average price of a three-bedroom home in the area is $207,500 with 8.4 per cent growth in the last year according to realestate.com.au


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