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Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - FRONT PAGE - Jessica Howard

FROM derelict fl ats to a mod­ernised pe­riod home, this West Ho­bart house has seen many changes over its his­tory. Hav­ing taken on ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tions of older properties in the past, Tim and Karen Glaze­brook have been pro­gres­sively work­ing on the mother of all restora­tions over the past seven years.

In be­tween his day work as a me­chanic, jack- of- all- trades Tim has del­i­cately stripped back the im­pos­ing char­ac­ter home to re­veal a prop­erty which de­spite its past 50 or so years as apart­ments looks as if it were al­ways a well- looked af­ter, grand fam­ily home.

The state the house was in when the cou­ple fi rst found it would scare away most ren­o­va­tors or builders.

The rear of the home was con­demned, a sin­gle sep­a­rate fl at stood in the rear gar­den, the in­ter­nal stairs had been pulled down and re­placed with a hideous ex­ter­nal con­crete set at the front of the house and tiny kitch­enettes had been in­stalled in the cor­ners of all the bed­rooms.

De­spite the mess and re­pairs that needed to be dealt with, there were many re­deem­ing fea­tures. Fire­places with dec­o­ra­tive man­tels in all but one bed­room had mirac­u­lously been left in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion and much of the plas­ter work, arches and cor­nices were also un­touched.

“We knew it would be a lot of work,” Karen said.

“There were a few builders who looked at it and didn’t want to touch it. “It’s been the big­gest pro­ject we’ve done. “We lived in it as we went along and I don’t think I’d do that again.

“It’s been hard some­times to source ma­te­ri­als like wrought iron to match what would have orig­i­nally been there.”

Down­stairs com­prises two liv­ing rooms, a bath­room, din­ing room and kitchen which all have a French- in­spired theme from Karen’s in­te­rior dec­o­rat­ing touch.

Up the Tas­ma­nian oak stair­case with iron fret­work wrought by Tim is the bed­room wing that leads out to the front ve­ran­dah which was care­fully re­stored and saved.

Hav­ing been re­cently fi nished, the fam­ily is keen to know more about their home.

“We were told it was from the 1920s but I’m not to­tally con­vinced, I think it might be ear­lier,”

Karen said. “We went to the coun­cil and they don’t have any his­tory on it so I would like to find out more about the house.”

The Glaze­brooks had cut their teeth on a 1925 New Town prop­erty a cou­ple of years be­fore buy­ing the West Ho­bart home which gave them a good idea of what they would be in for.

“We got a bit hooked af­ter Clare St,” Karen said.

“As Tim would strip things away and re­place skirt­ing boards you’d of­ten find old pho­tos and things.

“We found an old one of the Clare St house, in its orig­i­nal kitchen, with an old fella in a bowler hat out the front.

“We’ve found some old bot­tles and odds and ends here and it makes it all quite ad­dic­tive.”

And now that it has all come to end, Karen says it won’t be long un­til Tim is ready for a new chal­lenge.

“I think he’s al­ready get­ting the bug to do it again,” she said.

“I’d love to do an­other old house but at the same time I’m ready to have a go at some­thing more mod­ern.”

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