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Inside Out (Australia) - - Renovation -

This four-bed­room brick-ve­neer house was built in 1965. Joanne and Heinz bought it in late 2013 from the fam­ily of the man who built it when, at 97, he re­luc­tantly moved into a nurs­ing home. At the end of a Bay­side cul-de-sac, the house is set on a 607sqm block and was de­scribed by the sell­ing agent as a “well-pre­served trea­sure”. “We love the gen­er­ous, light-filled space,” says Joanne. “We’ve made a few changes, such as paint­ing the kitchen cab­i­nets white and polishing some of the floor­boards, but ev­ery­thing else is pretty much as it was in the 1960s.” When the cou­ple bought the house, they pur­chased a few pieces of fur­ni­ture from the own­ers, too, in­clud­ing the mas­ter bed­room’s bed­head, com­plete with cas­sette deck. “While we love the orig­i­nal fea­tures, such as the tim­ber door frames, win­dowsills and built-in wardrobes, and want to keep the char­ac­ter of the place in­tact, we need a bit more space plus a sec­ond bath­room,” says Joanne. What’s stop­ping them? The cou­ple wants more space for their fam­ily but can’t de­cide whether to put on an­other storey or ex­tend out­wards. “We keep go­ing round in cir­cles as to how big the ren­o­va­tion should be as we don’t want to over­cap­i­talise,” says Joanne.

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