Re­vival of an orig­i­nal

A care­ful ren­o­va­tion helps re­tain the char­ac­ter of an early-1900s home, writes Sarah Daly.

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THOUGHT­FULLY re­stored, ren­o­vated and ex­tended, a three-bed­room maisonette at Glenelg South re­tains the in­tegrity of the orig­i­nal build. Ven­dor Von McKen­zie has had plenty of ren­o­vat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, re­mod­elling and restor­ing a num­ber of homes over the years.

‘‘I’ve ren­o­vated around nine or 10 homes. It has be­come a real hobby of mine,’’ she says.

‘‘The home is circa 1900 and the front sitting room still has the orig­i­nal vented ceil­ing mould­ing and it’s a real cen­tre­piece.

‘‘The ex­ten­sion it­self, which is a re­ally large, open-plan liv­ing space, is around 10m long by 6m wide and I made sure it was dou­ble brick and with high ceil­ings so it blends right in with the rest of the home.’’

Al­though the prop­erty has old­world char­ac­ter, the bath­room fea­tures con­tem­po­rary fit­tings and fix­tures, in­clud­ing a free-stand­ing bath, Cae­sar­Stone benches and a frame­less glass shower.

The kitchen has built-in Euro­pean ap­pli­ances and gen­er­ous cup­board space.

‘‘I de­cided to in­clude plenty of cup­boards through­out the home,’’ Ms McKen­zie says.

‘‘The gar­den is an­other one of my favourite as­pects and it’s re­ally easy to main­tain.’’

Ms McKen­zie says she also loves the lo­ca­tion. ‘‘It’s close to shops, cafes, the beach – it re­ally is very con­ve­nient,’’ she says. ‘‘Al­though Glenelg is only two min­utes down the road, the house is far away enough from the hus­tle and bus­tle.’’

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