BE­FORE

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WHO LIVES HERE? Rhi­an­non, a pub­lic re­la­tions di­rec­tor; her hus­band Nick, a cor­po­rate man­ager; and daugh­ters Alys and Charlotte. LO­CA­TION: Mel­bourne’s in­ner west. ORIG­I­NAL PROP­ERTY: A tired but well-loved Ed­war­dian char­ac­ter home with ad hoc fi­bro ex­ten­sions added in the ’ 70s. “The pre­vi­ous owner was an artist and there were two artist stu­dios ad­ja­cent to the house,” says Rhi­an­non. TIME FRAME: From de­sign to com­ple­tion took two and a half years. WHY THIS HOUSE? “We loved the north­ern light that streamed through the house through­out dif­fer­ent times of the day,” says Rhi­an­non. “Al­though run­down, we knew it and the block had the po­ten­tial to be a won­der­ful home that could ac­com­mo­date dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions.” WHY THE RENO? Rhi­an­non and Nick bought the home af­ter re­lo­cat­ing from Lon­don. In 2011, they moved in, with plans to update it in time, as their chil­dren grew. “There is a won­der­ful com­mu­nity here and we knew that we didn’t want to move from the area,” says Rhi­an­non. “With parts of the house start­ing to fall apart, we knew we’d have to ren­o­vate at some point.” MUST-HAVES: Open and airy com­mu­nal zones, with cus­tom spa­ces for par­ents, chil­dren and grand­par­ents to re­treat to as well. “Nick is English and much of our ex­tended fam­ily live over­seas and in the coun­try, so we wanted to be able to be a hub for both our fam­i­lies when they come to Mel­bourne and need some­where to stay,” says Rhi­an­non. THE WORKS: Old ad­di­tions were de­mol­ished. Ar­chi­tect Sarah Bryant then used the foot­print of the orig­i­nal house as her launch­ing point to de­sign a more fam­ily-friendly lay­out for the prop­erty. BUD­GET-BREAK­ERS: “The tap­ware was re­ally key as it’s such a func­tional and vis­i­ble part of the kitchen, so we were pre­pared to spend a lit­tle more on this,” says Rhi­an­non of the solid Hans­grohe mix­ers spec­i­fied for the kitchen is­land and in the but­ler’s pantry. FAVOURITE AS­PECT? “On a sum­mer evening, I love be­ing able to open up the slid­ing doors to the garden,” says Rhi­an­non. “Now, we have a beau­ti­ful flow through­out the whole home, with the fam­ily liv­ing area and kitchen lead­ing di­rectly into the out­door liv­ing space.”

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