Make a splash

This home’s a full serve of qual­ity ren­o­va­tions, writes Tom Bow­den.

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RICHARD and Deb bought an un­touched St Ge­orges prop­erty 12 years ago as a project and planned to ren­o­vate and ex­tend it. Af­ter trans­form­ing it from a blank can­vas into a stun­ning fam­ily en­ter­tainer com­plete with swim­ming pool and ten­nis court, builder Richard is feel­ing the ren­o­va­tion itch again.

‘‘It was a rea­son­ably un­touched home, a 1958 colo­nial home and it’s rare to get some­thing that orig­i­nal on a big piece of land and in such a great lo­ca­tion,’’ Richard says.

‘‘It was a lovely big block of land but it wasn’t a par­tic­u­larly big home so we were look­ing to cre­ate some space so that we could be here for a while and have the chil­dren go from be­ing ba­bies to teenagers.’’

The cou­ple built on an up­stairs chil­dren’s wing with bed­rooms, a bath­room and play area; an open-plan kitchen and fam­ily area, a deck area that over­looks the back­yard, and in­stalled a north-south ten­nis court and an in-ground swim­ming pool.

‘‘We did the land­scap­ing first, then the ex­ten­sion, then put the pool in, then ren­o­vated the old home and then put the court in,’’ Richard says. ‘‘So it’s been done in stages but it’s all com­plete. Now I’ve de­cided that I need another project so we’re go­ing to start that process again.’’

The home has five bed­rooms and the mas­ter bed­room fea­tures an at­tached en­suite with bath, shower, toi­let and dou­ble van­ity.

The open-plan kitchen joins the fam­ily room and fea­tures a large is­land bench, am­ple cup­board and bench space and mod­ern ap­pli­ances.

There are sev­eral store rooms un­der the house in­clud­ing a cel­lar and the home has a four-car garage.

Richard says he was care­ful to en­sure the home flowed seam­lessly from the orig­i­nal house through to the mod­ern ad­di­tion.

‘‘I wanted to cre­ate the ex­ten­sion in the same char­ac­ter as the ex­ist­ing house so you can’t tell the dif­fer­ence, so it’s got all the mod cons but it tran­si­tions seam­lessly from old to new,’’ Richard says.

‘‘There are a lot of nice mod­ern fea­tures but it’s done sym­pa­thet­i­cally to the old home so it doesn’t look like two homes stuck to­gether.’’

Richard says the home was built to the high­est stan­dard and made to last.

‘‘We thought this would be our house un­til the kids left so we’ve done it for us and it’s all done prop­erly and I’ve used all the best fixtures and fit­tings,’’ Richard says.

He says the home is a great en­ter­tainer and that his fam­ily make the most of its out­door spa­ces.

‘‘We’ve had 80 peo­ple in the back room and we en­ter­tain a lot and, flow­ing out to the court and pool, you could fit hun­dreds,’’ Richard says.

‘‘Our el­dest boy’s a teenager now and we wanted to cre­ate a cool home where he wanted to bring his friends over to use the court and the pool and it means we can meet his friends and their par­ents and he wants to spend more time here rather than out and about, and the home is great for that.’’

Pic­tures: FOTOBASE

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