Rags to riches
There is immense satisfaction in renovating a character sandstone-fronted home, writes Ben Hyde.
IT HAS taken a year of blood, sweat and tears to transform a sandstone-fronted Joslin villa from rags to riches. The vendors have restored the 105-year-old First Ave property from top to toe, inside and out. ‘‘When we first bought the property, it was pretty run down and you probably couldn’t live in it,’’ the vendors say.
‘‘We bought the place in April last year and we’ve spent from that point forward renovating it.
‘‘It’s been a long, hard road to get this to where it is now. ‘‘All our energy went into making it.’’ Blessed with a character shell, the vendors focused the bulk of their attention inside.
‘‘We like doing up these character homes,’’ the vendors say.
‘‘Basically, there were five main rooms and we took out one room and opened up the back area.’’
Once you enter via the character tessellated front veranda, there is large entrance hallway, formal lounge and three bedrooms, including the master with an ensuite.
Two of the bedrooms and the lounge feature ornate open fireplaces while high ceilings and stained glass are also evident – a reminder of the early 20th century when the house was built.
The back of the house now boasts an open-plan and light-filled design incorporating the kitchen, dining and living areas.
Caesarstone benches, glass splashbacks, Smeg appliances and ample storage space in the kitchen will suit the budding chef.
Cafe doors and windows lead to a covered alfresco pavilion.
‘‘We wanted to put a lot of attention to detail into this property,’’ the vendors say.
‘‘We are relatively new at this. The alfresco area was probably more so a vision we had from a personal point of view, rather than knowing exactly what the market is asking for.
‘‘We could see the end result before we started and that’s the way it worked out at the end of the day. ‘‘We think it’s all turned out very well.’’ The house is set on a 939sq m allotment and features a large lawn area in the backyard where the children can revel.
‘‘We think Joslin is a lovely suburb and First Ave is a lovely street,’’ the vendors say.