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.

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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.’’

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