Makeover returns villa to glory
A Dulwich property has been refitted to highlight the rich standards of the area’s turn-of-the-century elegance, writes Giuseppe Tauriello.
AFTER buying his Dulwich home more than two years ago, Merv Davies embarked on a series of major renovations, restoring the villa to its former glory. The circa 1900 return veranda sandstone home has been extensively renovated by Mr Davies, who moved into the Albert St home with his two children.
‘‘When I first bought the house, I kicked all the ceilings in and installed new ceilings,’’ he says.
‘‘Obviously being an electrician, I totally rewired the place.
‘‘I put in the architectural cornices, the roses and repainted the whole place.
‘‘It’s a brand new home basically. I’ve spent a lot of money on it.’’
On entry to the home, a grand hallway greets guests. It is an area updated by Mr Davies, who has given it an international flavour.
‘‘The moulded pieces are from England and I also got the friezes below the cornices – they came from Italy,’’ Mr Davies says.
Polished floorboards are used throughout the home, including in the master bedroom located at the front of the house that features an ensuite and built-in robes. The remaining four bedrooms also have built-in robes. Further along the hallway is the formal sitting and entertainment area.
‘‘The entertaining area features a pool table and I’ve put in a new marble fireplace and gas log fire,’’ Mr Davies says.
‘‘For a family the home would be great, with four bedrooms and the large entertaining area. It would make a great family home or even a great place for an executive couple.’’
A casual living area is situated toward the rear of the property along with an office which can be used as a fifth bedroom.
The main bathroom located next to the office features a spa.
A large country-style kitchen, which has a gas hot plate and Bosch dishwasher, adjoins a spacious dining room, under which a large cellar is located.
The dining room opens to an outdoor entertaining area, located under a pergola and home to one of the many plasma screens found throughout the home.
Having earlier lived on a 3000sq m property in Springfield, Mr Davies was looking for something smaller but with room to move when he settled into the Dulwich property. He introduced new landscaping across the home’s grounds.
‘‘Through the gardens, there is extensive landscaping, all controlled by an automatic sprinkler system,’’ he says.
‘‘It’s a big backyard and across the road there’s a reserve with a private playground. It’s a nothrough road so there’s hardly any noise and at the end of the street is Victoria Park so we’re close to the Clipsal as well.’’
It’s this convenient location that Mr Davies loves about the property.
‘‘It’s a great area. Everyone loves Dulwich – it’s got great appeal with the bakery and a coffee shop precinct – it’s a real cosmopolitan hub,’’ he says.
‘‘Originally it was just me and the two kids – but now with my partner, we’re looking for a lifestyle change and we’ve bought a place on the river between Mt Barker and Mannum. ‘‘I’m going to miss all the features.’’ Set on a 1150sq m block, the home also offers a double carport, and is secured by a fencing and intercom system with built-in video card and electronic lock.