Her­itage houses at the heart of lo­cal sub­urbs

Guardian Express - - NEWS -

THE fo­cus on her­itage in Vin­cent con­tin­ues, with the an­nual Sus­tain­able De­sign Expo re­branded the Her­itage and Eco Ideas Day.

Ja­son Saun­ders, from build­ing and in­te­rior de­sign busi­ness arc seven.1, is among the pre­sen­ters at the Novem­ber 7 event, which aims to en­cour­age res­i­dents to sus­tain­ably ren­o­vate or main­tain her­itage and char­ac­ter houses.

Mr Saun­ders won mul­ti­ple awards for his ren­ova- tion of a 75-year-old North Perth house, where he and his fam­ily now live.

“The house was 75 years old and I think we’ve bought an­other 75 years at least,” he said.

“It can be done; you can never repli­cate the orig­i­nal ex­actly but you don’t need to bowl the house over. If you get the ori­en­ta­tion right, that’s half the bat­tle.”

Mr Saun­ders said mak­ing older prop­er­ties ecofriendly did not have to be more dif­fi­cult than ren­o­vat­ing newer houses and was ac­tu­ally the more sus­tain­able op­tion.

“It’s fan­tas­tic that coun­cils are tak­ing steps to pro­tect her­itage,” he said.

“I’m 100 per cent sup­port­ive of tighter con­trols. If we don’t do some­thing, the char­ac­ter of North Perth is go­ing to be lost.

“Peo­ple have moved into the area for that char­ac­ter and it would be a shame to lose it.”

Ja­son Saun­ders’ ren­o­vated home in North Perth.

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