The story so far
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.