Nine reporter has big plans for little workers cottage

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Channel 9 reporter Alex Heinke has bought a fixer-upper in Ashgrove. Picture: Supplied.

CHANNEL 9 reporter Alex Heinke has snapped up an Ashgrove renovator with a big yard and plans to create a character stunner worthy of its leafy location.

The two-bedroom, one bathroom workers cottage is on a 607sq m block and features separate living areas, a sun room, timber floorboards and high ceilings.

Mr Heinke said the home fell into the category of a fixer-upper but he was prepared for the challenge.

“I like that Ashgrove look with the big deck and pool out the back (so) … I’ll raise the house and get rid of some of the asbestos, but I’ll keep that cute cottage feel,” he said.

Mr Heinke said he planned to move into the home and “chip away” at the renovation.

“There’s no real timeline,” he said.

“I’ll move in within a few months and hopefully it will start looking a bit different by Christmas.”

The two-bedroom workers cottage is in need of some TLC.

The Brisbane local admitted he was more at home behind a microphone than a nail gun, so he would be relying on the expertise of his carpenter brother and his more handy mates.

He said he was prepared to compensate them appropriately, though.

“I think I’ll be buying quite a few cases of beer,” he said.

Mr Heinke spent his teenage years in Ashgrove and currently rents in the popular suburb.

He said he saw Ashgrove as a fantastic area with “so much potential”.

“My parents live about a kilometre from the new place. They know how good Ashgrove is,” he said.

Mr Heinke bought the home through Murray Pegg of Place Newmarket.

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