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