Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Residential -

TRUE clas­sic Fed­er­a­tion homes are al­way inspiring, be it for their char­ac­ter­is­tic el­e­ments or their cosy lay­outs.

And this 1930s house is cer­tainly no ex­cep­tion, but also sur­prises with its clever blend of a mod­ern ex­ten­sion with many orig­i­nal fea­tures.

From the street and past the se­cure bound­ary walls, the red-brick path­way and cottage gar­dens frame the lovely fa­cade and its bull­nose ve­randa with turned posts.

The tim­ber en­try, with lead­light side lights and tran­som, swings open to re­veal all the hall­marks of the clas­si­cal style, in­clud­ing stunning jar­rah floor­boards, or­nate ceil­ings with roses, moulded ar­chi­traves and de­tailed skirt­ings.

To the left of the en­trance hall­way are a small bed­room and a for­mal sit­ting room with beau­ti­ful cof­fered ceil­ings and a tim­ber fire­place man­tle.

Op­po­site this, there is an­other bed- room with di­rect ac­cess to the ve­randa – per­fect as a guest suite – and the study.

Fur­ther in­side, the floor plan stretches into the newer part of the house, mar­ry­ing tra­di­tional form with mod­ern func­tion.

The kitchen, with stone bench­tops and top-of-the-range ap­pli­ances, is nes­tled into the cor­ner of the room, look­ing across the meals area and lounge with fire­place.

The main bath­room is dis­creetly tucked away to the side.

Round the cor­ner from the kitchen, a short flight of steps leads up to the car­peted for­mal dining room, which then flows through to the mas­ter bed­room with walk-in robe and en­suite, the laun­dry and a toi­let.

The un­usual lay­out means the al­fresco area forms an atrium-like space be­tween the lounge and mas­ter bed­room, let­ting in plenty of nat­u­ral light to the main living spa­ces.

This shel­tered out­door en­ter­tain­ing area extends out from the lounge through french doors, cre­at­ing a seam­less in­door/out­door living area that is per­fect for Perth’s weather.

From here, the prop­erty flows across man­i­cured gar­dens to a pro­tected spa room with bi-fold doors as well as an all-pur­pose ac­com­mo­da­tion with a store­room and bath­room.

Arylene West­lake-Jen­nings

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