A lovely location and nice neighbours encouraged Kobi and Georgia to renovate for the long-term – and they couldn’t be happier.
Combining their reno and deco skills, Kobi and Georgia turned an old wreck near Perth into a stunning family home.
“WE WEREN’T REALLY LOOKING for our family home when we bought this property four years ago. The original ‘60s brick-and-tile bungalow had three bedrooms, one bathroom and a big shed out the back. Most people would have bulldozed it. However, we thought it had good bones and potential, plus we could subdivide the land to fund whatever we would do with the house.
When the subdivision sold, we weren’t sure what our plans were for the house. However, as we got to know the area we started thinking about staying longterm. It has quiet streets, is close to the beach and we hit the jackpot with nice neighbours. We all get along really well and that makes such a difference to where you are living.
A QUICK UPDATE
Four months after moving in we began renovating. We’d been living in the three original bedrooms and coping with brown and green tiles, a pink bath, old linoleum and a mouse nest in the oven! As the laundry was bigger than the bathroom, we swapped those over, then freshened up the bedrooms by ripping out the old carpet, making shutters for the windows and painting the walls in an off-white colour.
THE BIG RENO
Just over two years later, I took a year off work to finish the renovation. I’m a carpenter and Georgia is creative and has a good eye, and we really wanted to be able to sink our teeth into the job.
We did a fair bit of Pinteresting to get ideas together, then I asked a mate to show me a computer program for creating plans and taught myself how to use it. Georgia and I put our ideas on paper and submitted them to council. We got the go-ahead and I demolished the original kitchen, living and dining areas. All that remained were the three bedrooms we were living in and the bathroom and laundry. We bought a camp oven to function as our kitchen – and put all our food in jars to protect it from the mice!
Georgia let my imagination guide the renovation, but she pulled me back in areas where she thought I was getting a bit ‘out there’. There was also a lot of making it up as we went along. However, we knew that we wanted
“I’ve always wanted to create my own home and we could both work on this project.”
a four-bedroom, two-bathroom contemporary beach house, with a large family area on the ground floor, and a parents’ retreat upstairs with a large living area, office/craft room and master bedroom with walk-in robe and large bathroom.
I used timber from the demo, skip bins and Gumtree for the renovation and furniture. Most of the windows were made by a mate from the disassembled original windows, which I glazed with recycled glass.
The stairwell is a strong feature of the main living room and one of the first interior elements I designed. The vertical balustrades are made from repurposed timbers and attach to a beam in the ceiling. The stairs then attach to the wall and the balustrades, so it’s decorative and structural. We designed the kitchen cabinetry to be functional with plenty of storage space, and I created the jar display shelving with leftover timber.
While downstairs is all about family (our baby Jonah arrived last year), we wanted the upper level to have more of a resort feel. I put in a tall raked ceiling and dropped wall heights between the living area, bedroom and walk-in robe to accentuate the ceiling. The bathroom was designed to be luxurious, like the resort bathrooms in Bali.
MAKING IT HOME
Georgia took the lead with the interior decor. We like to find well-made pieces, so looked to Gumtree, street collections and recycling centres, and Georgia re-covered second-hand furniture and made our cushions. We’ve ended up with a lot of aqua through the house, but that just happened – it wasn’t planned. I made the dining table, the bed in the main bedroom, a bench at the entrance and upstairs, the coffee table and some chopping boards.
At the moment we live downstairs as that is where Jonah is usually sleeping, but when he’s old enough we will be upstairs in our bedroom. We kept the house open at the front so we can be in contact with our neighbours, and love hanging out in the front garden. I surf and windsurf, so the proximity to the ocean is great. We are really happy with how the house has turned out.”
Kobi designed and made the staircase from recycled timber. Personal touch Georgia sewed the cushion covers to go with the Freedom sofa and ottoman. Flatweave rug from Rug Junction.
Warm glow Reclaimed jarrah floorboards picked up on Gumtree were finished in an oil wax .