Rags to riches

There is im­mense sat­is­fac­tion in ren­o­vat­ing a char­ac­ter sandstone-fronted home, writes Ben Hyde.

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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.

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