Dunk’s for the mem­o­ries

A de­sign in­spired by a Queens­land re­sort, writes Tom Dougherty.

The Advertiser - Real Estate - - Leamington Rd, Aldgate -

THE IN­SPI­RA­TION for the ren­o­va­tion of a blue­stone Park­side villa came from a Queens­land re­sort, ven­dor An­drew Do­ley says. ‘‘We had a cou­ple of trips up to Dunk Is­land in Queens­land, they had a great plan­ta­tion bar up there with high win­dows, high ceil­ings and big fans,’’ he says.

‘‘That was the in­spi­ra­tion, we also liked the ware­house-style of liv­ing, we have high ceil­ings with a lower bulk­head in be­tween to try to create a ware­house-type space.’’

Most of the back sec­tion part of the home is taken up by an open-plan kitchen, fam­ily and din­ing room with pol­ished tim­ber floors and ceil­ing fans.

The kitchen has an is­land bench with a breakfast bar, gran­ite benches, stain­less steel ap­pli­ances, and a 900mm-wide oven.

‘‘The kitchen is great, we de­signed the ren­o­va­tion around it be­cause that is where we spend nearly all of our time,’’ he says.

‘‘We didn’t want a stove or a sink in that is­land bench, we just wanted a big, clear space, that’s 3.3m long in gran­ite.’’

Bi-fold doors in the din­ing area open out to a cov­ered en­ter­tain­ing area, which has a ceil­ing fan.

‘‘It was de­signed for en­ter­tain­ing; it’s good to have the fam­ily around and sit out­side, the nice thing about that area is it is quite cool, even dur­ing the hot weather,’’ Mr Do­ley says.

‘‘It’s re­ally pleas­ant out there even when it is over 40C, it is re­ally quite good.’’

It looks on to an in­ground pool, and there is also a slid­ing glass door in the fam­ily room that opens to the pool and lawn area at the back. In the orig­i­nal part of the house are three be­d­rooms with ceil­ing fans.

The master fea­tures a walk-in robe and an en­suite with a shower.

The other two be­d­rooms have french doors that open out to the ve­randa.

There is also an­other bed­room sit­u­ated in the ex­ten­sion, a bath­room with a bath and a shower, and a laun­dry with ex­ter­nal ac­cess.

Other fea­tures of the home in­clude a dou­ble garage with an au­to­matic door, a so­lar-panel sys­tem, and ducted re­v­erse-cy­cle air­con­di­tion­ing.

‘‘It is very con­ve­nient with the floors; it has Western Aus­tralian black­butt pol­ished floors through­out, they’re beau­ti­ful. We find that very warm in winter and cool in sum­mer,’’ Mr Do­ley says.

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