Giving new life to an old beauty
A couple has carefully rejuvenated a fading villa to transform it into a family home, writes Ben Hyde.
ALL it took was a bit of tender loving care and design flair to transform a tired Hazelwood Park villa into a funky family home. The vendors, who came across the Glynburn Rd property about six years ago, say they nearly scrubbed it off their list immediately.
‘‘When we first saw it, we nearly didn’t buy it,’’ they say.
‘‘It was quite bland and tired. It had this central kitchen and also an addition we didn’t really like the look of.’’
But the property was bought and the rejuvenation began.
‘‘My husband has a very good eye for architecture and design while I have a flair for interiors,’’ one of the vendors says. ‘‘We’ve put a lot of TLC into it and I suppose we’ve turned an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan.’’
The rejuvenation has included improvements to the existing property, additions and significant work outside.
‘‘The first thing we did was drop in a pool in the backyard,’’ the vendors say.
‘‘We did a bit of a facelift with painting and the floorboards then we updated the existing two bathrooms and the laundry.
‘‘In the meantime, we used some of the land for additions.’’
Part of the additions is an expensive dressing room taking up almost 24sq m of floor space and boasting black highgloss cabinets and a chandelier.
‘‘We extended right out to the boundary on one side and created that
dressing room, which every girl in Adelaide should have,’’ the female vendor says.
‘‘Not enough homes dedicate a luxurious floor space to getting dressed and housing all your clothes. I’ve always loved Chanel and I was quite taken by their shop fitouts so consequently the dressing room takes on this theme.’’
The front of the property features a formal dining room, a large study and the four bedrooms, including the master with its dressing room and en suite.
The back of the house is dedicated to an open-plan casual living space, boasting a lounge, meals area and modern kitchen.
This space opens to a covered outdoor entertaining deck, a tiled solar-heated swimming pool and landscaped backyard.
A facet evident throughout is the blending of 19th century character features with more modern design elements.
‘‘The marriage of the old and new is great,’’ the vendors say.
‘‘We love the 14ft high ceilings and we’ve created a lot of high windows in the new areas because we love light and space. We collect a lot of art so we love the expansive, high walls.’’
The vendors say entertaining at the property has been a delight.
‘‘We love entertaining,’’ they say.
‘‘We have four areas: the front formal room is great, particularly in winter, then we use the back area as a casual space.
‘‘We can have 20 people for a sit-down lunch on the decking and we can have cocktails by the pool.
‘‘She’s a good party home and a good family home.’’
After spending much time and effort revitalising the old bluestone villa, the vendors say they will miss it when they move to a smaller property.
‘‘We’ve put it together very passionately,’’ they say. ‘‘We will certainly miss that vast space. ‘‘But she’s beautiful now and we think she’s at her best and ready for a larger family to enjoy.’’