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the her­itage as­pect

“This house isn’t her­itage listed, but it is in a con­ser­va­tion area,” says An­drew. “Hunters Hill is a unique spot in terms of its build­ings and nat­u­ral sur­rounds, and the coun­cil is de­ter­mined to en­sure any new de­vel­op­ment is sym­pa­thetic to the ex­ist­ing en­vi­ron­ment. First, get a her­itage con­sul­tant on board to as­sess the qual­ity of the orig­i­nal cot­tage. They will re­search the his­tory of a prop­erty and en­sure any planned work is com­pat­i­ble with the orig­i­nal char­ac­ter­is­tics. They also rec­om­mend ways to pre­serve and in­cor­po­rate her­itage fea­tures into your ren­o­va­tion. Hunters Hill, like many coun­cils, has a her­itage ad­vi­sory panel that will pro­vide gen­eral con­ser­va­tion ad­vice to own­ers con­tem­plat­ing de­vel­op­ment, so that would be a good place to start.”

win­dow dressing

“Plan­ta­tion shut­ters would re­ally suit the style of this charm­ing weath­er­board home,” says Lisa. “And they don’t just look good from in­side and out – they’re de­signed with pur­pose and func­tion­al­ity in mind. You can eas­ily con­trol and an­gle the light and heat that comes in, mak­ing life more com­fort­able and po­ten­tially sav­ing on your en­ergy bills. As a bonus, shut­ters are easy to clean but they also look amaz­ing com­bined with cur­tains if you need to add ex­tra warmth. Cus­tom shut­ters are a bit of an in­vest­ment but if you go for qual­ity, they can ac­tu­ally add value to your home.”

hid­den dan­gers

“The chances of find­ing as­bestos in this house are high,” says Wayd. “If your home was built or ren­o­vated be­fore 1990, it’s likely that it con­tains some form of as­bestos. As­bestos poses no threat if it’s undis­turbed but that ob­vi­ously won’t be the case dur­ing a ren­o­va­tion. It’s al­most im­pos­si­ble to iden­tify as­bestos just by look­ing at it. Al­though there’s nothing to stop homeowners re­mov­ing it them­selves, you’d need a death wish to try. A li­censed as­bestos re­moval­ist will add to the reno cost so Stephanie and Cameron will need to fac­tor that in on top of ev­ery­thing else. On a pos­i­tive note, if dealt with prop­erly, as­bestos is nothing to freak out about. There are other things – such as trees – that cause more headaches.”

up­date your in­sur­ance

You’re mak­ing a big in­vest­ment in your prop­erty by ren­o­vat­ing, so don’t for­get to make sure you have the right in­sur­ance. Give your in­sur­ance com­pany a call be­fore you start to find out whether your ex­ist­ing home in­sur­ance will cover the work and any­thing that goes wrong dur­ing the process, or whether you’ll need any ex­tra cover. If you’re mov­ing your fur­ni­ture and house con­tents out to a rental prop­erty or stor­age, will you need ex­tra in­sur­ance to cover these? Check on your builder’s pro­fes­sional in­sur­ance too, to find out what’s in­cluded there.

“Pre­serve and in­cor­po­rate her­itage fea­tures into your reno” AN­DREW BENN, PANEL AR­CHI­TECT

A func­tional liv­ing space will pro­vide flow from the front to the back of the house. PAINT PAL­ETTE

Con­nect the house to the gar­den withw a deck and stairs, en­sur­ing sight­lines are opened up from in­side.

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