Home, work, haven

Herald Sun - Property - - FRONT PAGE -

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

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