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