Home, work, haven
PRACTICAL is a word that sometimes has the reputation of being boring or lifeless, but Suzi Redman has proven that practicality not only enhances beauty, but can create it as well. “I’m a ridiculously practical person,” said Ms Redman, who, as an artist, admitted that this seemed contradictory. “Everything has to have a function. If something doesn’t function and flow it will make me crazy.”
Case in point was the purchase of her home in Ivanhoe with husband Andrew more than 15 years ago. With two children, they needed to consider a flexible floorplan and good public transport options.
“We didn’t love the house, but we didn’t want a mortgage,” Ms Redman explained. She said she could see the house could be changed and added to with little expense.
Those changes have taken place continually for the past 15 years, as bedrooms shift and swap, and workspaces are added.
The couple added a bedroom into the attic space, and a bungalow out the back has also been handy for grown children returning to live at home temporarily.
What was an empty garden space outside has been transformed into a large bricked courtyard. French doors from the open-plan area lead on to it and a newly