Re­design gives

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - HOME - JAR­RAD BE­VAN

Amanda Bowes and Frazer Read’s stylish, 1920s ren­o­vated Sandy Bay home com­bines mod­ern style with vin­tage touches.

Built around 1923 and later ren­o­vated in the ’ 50s, Frazer and Amanda took on their own ren­o­va­tion pro­ject adding only a square to the house but in­creas­ing its func­tion­al­ity ten­fold.

It is in­stantly invit­ing, fl ow­ing from the en­trance to the kitchen and then the liv­ing and lounge ar­eas that soak up the wa­ter views and morn­ing sun.

Amanda says she adored the orig­i­nal kitchen, which looked out on to Mawhera Ave. But it was too small, es­pe­cially for a fam­ily of three young girls Es­ther, 8, Faye, 7, and Martha, 4.

But she has found a way to give a lit­tle nod to her happy days in the old kitchen, watch­ing the com­ings and go­ings in the street and chat­ting to pass­ing neigh­bours.

Now, hang­ing in her refi ned new kitchen is a paint­ing of her old kitchen by lo­cal artist Suzie Baker.

“It’s my favourite thing in the whole house af­ter the chil­dren and Frazer, of course,” she said.

The house it­self fea­tures clean lines and con­tem­po­rary style.

How­ever, an­tique glass­wear and ce­ram­ics are pep­pered around the prop­erty.

There’s also charm­ing fur­ni­ture, like a cracked vin­tage leather couch and an old wooden ta­ble on which the fl at screen TV sits.

Every­where you look is a bal­ance of old and new.

When the cou­ple, Amanda a nurse and Frazer, who is open­ing his town plan­ning con­sul­tancy this month, bought the house they said it was pretty mod­est with dated black ver­ti­cal boards out­side and in des­per­ate need of paint on the in­side.

To­day, it’s hard to imag­ine what it used to look like.

Frazer said the ap­peal of the prop­erty was in­stant.

“We fell in love with the river views,” he said. “Part of the ren­o­va­tion was a shel­tered, sunny back­yard court­yard bar­be­cue space with large sand­stone tiles, a wood bor­der and easy care gar­dens.

“It also takes ad­van­tage of the wa­ter views look­ing through the kitchen and liv­ing room.”

Amanda said en­ergy effi ciency was an im­por­tant el­e­ment of the trans­for­ma­tion they worked hard on to achieve their goals. From the dou­ble glaz­ing to so­lar hot wa­ter to Bon­dor in­su­lated cladding.

Frazer said the com­bi­na­tion of the as­pect, the home’s size and their ren­o­va­tion work re­sulted in a four- bed­room home that uses the same amount of power as a one- per­son prop­erty.

Smart de­sign ele­ments im­press, in­clud­ing a laun­dry hid­den in a cup­board and an ex­panded hall­way that dou­bles as a play area for the chil­dren.

Out­side in the front yard is a big fl at play area, a vegie gar­den and well- es­tab­lished fruit trees.

Ren­o­vat­ing a home and liv­ing in it at the same time can be tricky. Never more so than with a young fam­ily.

Amanda, Frazer and the girls had to move out for fi ve months to make their house dreams come true but the re­sults speak for them­selves. Would they change a thing? “No, not one,” Amanda said.

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