‘How we transformed our home using AI’

Gold Coast couple Mark Edwards and Samantha McLean transformed their home combining the power of AI with old-fashioned muscle power. Picture: Glenn Campbell
A Gold Coast couple transformed their home from drab to fab by combining artificial intelligence (AI) with old-fashioned muscle power.
Mark Edwards and Samantha McLean renovated their Broadbeach Waters house in less than five months and have credited AI and human creativity for transforming it under tight deadlines.
35 Cypress Drive, Broadbeach Waters has been completely transformed into your own private oasis.
You could holiday here every day — the property is going under the hammer on November 25.
The couple, founders of EliteAgent.com, had limited time before their November 25 deadline and needed to make quick design decisions.
“I don’t have Mark’s reno experience,” Ms McLean said.
“Mark’s flipped six houses but this was my first and so for me to choose a tile I was feeling very unconfident. I like to visualise what I’m doing.
“AI helped us bring our ideas to life quickly.
“With only a few months to substantially renovate, stage and list the home over the busy spring selling season, the timeline was tight.
“And in the tradie-strapped Gold Coast market, it was a case of you snooze, you lose.”
Samantha McLean and Mark Edwards inside their renovated Broadbeach Waters home. Picture: Glenn Campbell
Samantha McLean conceptualised designs fitting with the hacienda style archways.
Another conceptualised design of the pool area.
Ms McLean, who runs workshops that help real estate agents become more efficient with tools including AI, decided to practice what she preaches by putting to use tools like ChatGPT and Midjourney to conceptualise elegant designs fitting with the striking hacienda style archways, a standout feature of the property.
“The AI took my vague ideas and made them real,” she said.
“That let us confidently make decisions because we could see what things would look like.”
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BEFORE: The front of the house
AFTER: Much more inviting!
According to Mark, AI accelerated the process, but human touch was still vital.
“While AI helped us ideate, we added our flair with customised finishes and easy living and storage ideas for the kitchen, bathrooms and living areas,” he said.
Among the major changes is a new kitchen, bathrooms and laundry as well as new flooring.
The house has been rendered and painted and new electronics and air conditioners have been installed.
BEFORE: The pool needed a lot of work.
AFTER: What a transformation!
Outside, the entertaining area has been completely overhauled while the pool has been resurfaced.
“We basically threw everything at it,” Ms McLean said.
“While doing it, we were thinking about things we would like in the house.
“I’ve designed the kitchen how I would want it and in the bathrooms there are hidden laundry baskets so it’s quite easy to keep clean even with kids.”
The property at 35 Cypress Drive is on the market with Dan and Essie Moloney of Harcourts Coastal.
BEFORE: Inside the house.
The house has been completely transformed.
The four-bedroom house includes formal and informal living and dining zones and a kitchen with Calacatta stone benchtops, a built-in microwave and an integrated dishwasher.
There are a pair of large, light-filled living areas with timber floors that flank the central dining zone and one living space flows out to the outdoor entertaining area and pool.
“It’s the perfect spot to unwind after a long week at work while the children splash in the pool – you may even feel like you’re on a holiday at home,” the listing states.
The property goes to auction on November 25.

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