19 Bernard St, BrightonAmy and Nathan Van de Belt have made the decision to downsize from their Brighton cottage after living there for just over two years.Mr Van de Belt, a state facilities manager and former chef, designed his ideal kitchen at 19 Bernard St. 19 Bernard St, Brighton.“This included a dining room as there was not one before, a media/family room, a parents’ retreat with an ensuite and walk-in robe, and a covered deck.” A new kitchen was designed and installed, and the laundry and main bathroom were upgraded.With sunset views from the back deck, the couple said the home would suit another family.Raine & Horne – Chermside selling agent Zac McHardy said one of the best features of the home was being able to cook while still seeing the kids play in the back yard. Mr Hardy said the area was very community focused. 19 Bernard St, Brighton.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019There is a servery that joins the kitchen to the dining room, allowing hosts to prepare while interacting with guests. The doors on the deck open up to make one big space for entertaining. Mrs Van de Belt, the owner of Voodoo Yoga at Sandgate, said major renovations had been done to the home. “We built a two-car carport at the front with terracotta roof tiles to match the house,” she said.“We wanted to ensure that we kept the streetscape of the 1955 cottage. We built an extension out the back, doubling the size of the house. 19 Bernard St, Brighton.The kitchen, perfect for dinner parties and degustation dinners, also suited Mrs Van de Belt, who could keep an eye on her children playing in the backyard while she was in the kitchen. 19 Bernard St, Brighton.“We find that people who don’t know much about Brighton and Sandgate are blown away with what it has to offer and the feeling they get when they do come down,” he said.