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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 stilt house, giving him less than three months to complete the ambitious job.

Nat Redgrave bought a house in the Queensland town of Charters Towers, two hours south of Townsville, and shared a video of the dilapidated interior on Monday.

He went to Facebook to ask about real estate investments in the area and received a message from the former owner of the house.

“I hadn’t seen it, I was just taking some pictures,” he told the Daily Mail Australia.

“Once we bought it, I sat down with a carpenter and his first reaction was ‘no way, mate, you need to cancel this contract’.”

‘It is a feasible renovation, just a lot of manual work.’

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Queensland renovator Nat Redgrave bought a three bedroom 'crack den' house (upstairs) in Charter Towers for less than $60,000

Queensland renovator Nat Redgrave bought a three bedroom ‘crack den’ house (upstairs) in Charter Towers for less than $60,000

A video from Monday showed the overgrown front yard of the house, the burnt-out electrical box, the dingy interior still cluttered with the previous owner’s property, the dingy kitchen and bathroom.

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

He said he initially jokingly referred to the house as a “crack den,” but has since found a few items that suggest people were using drugs in the house.

“I expected to find a lot, judging by the outside of the house,” he said.

“I didn’t find much, just a box of syringes and a spoon with a kink and a burnt bottom.”

In a viral video on Monday, Mr. Redgrave showed the scruffy interior of the house, the burnt-out electrical box and the overgrown yard (pictured, the fridge on Monday)

In a viral video on Monday, Mr. Redgrave showed the scruffy interior of the house, the burnt-out electrical box and the overgrown yard (pictured, the fridge on Monday)

Mr Redgrave shared photos of what the house looked like after a day of cleaning (pictured, the kitchen and free fridge space on Tuesday)

Mr Redgrave shared photos of what the house looked like after a day of cleaning (pictured, the kitchen and free fridge space on Tuesday)

The first video on Monday showed the house still full of unwanted belongings from the previous owner (pictured, a bedroom in the house on Monday)

The first video on Monday showed the house still full of unwanted belongings from the previous owner (pictured, a bedroom in the house on Monday)

With the help of friends, he cleared a lot of garbage from the house and tore up the old floor (photo, the bedroom on Tuesday)

With the help of friends, he cleared a lot of garbage from the house and tore up the old floor (photo, the bedroom on Tuesday)

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

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

He said the house was a one-off ‘cat among the pigeons’ in an otherwise beautiful neighborhood, adding that locals were delighted to see the eyesore change in the near future.

He hopes the house will be “safe, neat and cute” in about two months and will be on the market for about $220,000.

“The house looks crazy, but it has decent floors and a good roof,” said Mr. Redgrave.

‘The kitchen is okay and the bathroom is quite good, it just needs a good cleaning.

“We’ll put up a fence in the front, make it a little cute, and it’s ready to sell.”

Several items found in the house suggest that people who previously stayed there used drugs, including a bent and burnt spoon (above) and syringes

Several items found in the house suggest that people who previously stayed there used drugs, including a bent and burnt spoon (above) and syringes

Mr Redgrave said he hopes to transform the house (above) into a

Mr Redgrave said he hopes to transform the house (above) into a “safe, neat and cute” $70,000 fencing family home in just over two months.

The ‘crack den reno’ videos have blown up on TikTok, with the hard-working Queensland innovator gaining more than 25,000 followers in one night.

He said he plans to share more of the renovation, having already torn up the house’s old carpets and cleared a lot of trash from the house.

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

The house (pictured, one bedroom in the house on Monday) is expected to sell for about $220,000 after Mr. Redgrave's renovation

The house (pictured, one bedroom in the house on Monday) is expected to sell for about $220,000 after Mr. Redgrave’s renovation

Charters Towers is a small town of approximately 11,600 residents, 137 km southwest of Townsville.

The median price of a three-bedroom home in the area is $207,500 with 8.4 percent growth over the past year according to realestate.com.au

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