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Surfer’s beach shack renovation has board shaping bay, party shed


Board Shaper's Retro Surf Shack

Warren Haney has listed his renovated beach shack for sale. Pictured with wife, Taeko, and their daughter, Indigo, 4. Picture: Glenn Hampson


It’s a surfer’s dream — a retro beach shack renovation just minutes from the waves, complete with a surfboard shaping bay and cracking shed conversion.

The 1970s cottage at 13 Monash St, Tugun is on the market after undergoing an impressive makeover by local carpenter and up-and-coming surfboard shaper, Warren Haney.

The two-bedroom, one-bathroom house on a 549sq m block just 450m to the beach is marketed via an expressions of interest campaign with Mitchell Wynne, of LJ Hooker Southern Gold Coast.

Mr Haney has been flipping homes on the Gold Coast for the past ten years, while also building up his brand, Haney Surfboards, now stocked by Bombora Beach Club in Burleigh Heads.


He purchased the rundown property for $575,000 in 2020, choosing to enhance the home’s open-plan living areas, retro archways and hardwood floors rather than start from scratch.

“It was just a little brick two-bedder with a shed already on the property and that was the start of my vision,” Mr Haney said.

“I could see that it needed a lot of work but I knew I could bring it back to a really cool little place.”

Retro arches and original hardwood floors feature in the cottage


The home has two bedrooms and one bathroom


Mr Haney said he was inspired by minimalist design principles after visiting Japan several times with his wife, Taeko, and their four-year-old daughter, Indigo.

“You dont need a bigger place like all this grand stuff they’re building. You just need to be near the beach, with a bit of yard and a shed,” he said.

The 40-year-old re-wired and re-insulated the house, refurbished the roof and added a spacious rear covered entertaining deck

A clever upgrade of the existing 6 x 12m fully insulated, four-bay shed extended the living space while providing an ideal base for a home business.

The property has side access to the shed conversion


Multipurpose space with a kitchen that doubles as a bar


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The 70sq m shed comprises a multipurpose area, kitchen/bar and bathroom, as well as a large workshop and the shaping bay plus rear storeroom.

“The way the shed open up onto the yard and then with the back deck — it’s a cracker for parties,” Mr Haney said.

Mr Haney at work in the shaping bay



He said incorporating a dedicated surfboard shaping bay allowed him to take his craft to the next level.

“I’m a surfer and shaping boards has always been a passion of mine, and a skill that I’ve picked up through my carpentry,” he said.

“Having a trained eye and good hand skills; it just goes hand in hand.”

Mr Haney said the setup was the most professional of any he’d had in the past, but he was ready to move onto a new beachside project.



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