EN­JOY OUT­DOORS ALL YEAR ROUND

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Residential -

SLEEK ex­ter­nal ren­der, a pitched-roof car­port and es­tab­lished gar­dens give this house a mod­ern look and add depth to the oth­er­wise mod­est street front.

In­side, the three-bed­room res­i­dence has un­der­gone sev­eral up­dates, most re­cently three years ago.

Own­ers Christine and Alan bought the home in 2001 and de­cided to ren­o­vate to ex­pand the house and open it up.

“We did the first lot of ren­o­va­tions in 2004, then did the bath­room in 2007 and most re­cently we ex­panded the kitchen area and moved a wall there,” Christine said.

“It was an old, old prop­erty and we just needed to add more room.”

A por­tico shel­ters the se­cure front en­try, which opens to re­veal a cosy for­mal lounge and rich­ly­hued lam­i­nate floors.

Christine said they en­joy en­ter­tain­ing, so ac­com­mo­dated a bar.

“We call it our party house; ev­ery­one tells us we can’t sell it,” she said.

Fur­ther in­side, the open-plan kitchen and dining room form a sec­ond so­cial space for the whole fam­ily.

The com­pletely re­fur­bished kitchen has an is­land bench with break­fast bar for ca­sual meals, un­der-bench and over- head stor­age, tiled splash­backs and stain­less steel ap­pli­ances in­clud­ing a built-in mi­crowave above the oven stack.

From here, large doors slide away to in­te­grate the dining area with the al­fresco en­ter­tain­ing area.

With its gabled roof, poured con­crete floors, ceil­ing fans and cafe blinds, the fam­ily can en­joy out­door dining and bar­be­cues all year round.

“In the sum­mer, we en­ter­tain out here; the grand­kids have a great time,” Christine said.

The space is per­fect for the grown-ups to sit back and en­joy a drink or two as they watch over the kids splash­ing in the above-ground pool or run­ning around on the lawn.

Com­plet­ing the pic­ture are the bed­rooms – two with built-in robes – and the fully tiled bath­room with cor­ner bath and glass shower.

The 506sq m prop­erty also has retic­u­lated gar­dens and there is a shed at the rear.

Ex­tras in­clude a so­lar pool blan­ket for heat­ing, re­verse-cy­cle air­con­di­tion­ing, ceil­ing fans, an alarm sys­tem and gas points for heat­ing.

As an added bonus, the cus­tom-built stor­age unit in the dining room is in­cluded with the pur­chase of the prop­erty.

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