This mas­ter­piece one for the ages

Blend of ar­chi­tec­tural styles. By NATALIE HORDOV

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Liftout -

PRETTY as a pic­ture is the first thing that comes to mind when you see this two-storey home’s char­ac­ter fa­cade.

If you step in­side you might think it is a mas­ter­piece – with clever, thought­ful ren­o­va­tions blend­ing old and new fea­tures.

Built in 1910, the home on a 460sq m block has a mix of Vic­to­rian and Fed­er­a­tion ar­chi­tec­tural styles.

The own­ers bought it 28 years ago. They said it had been ne­glected for man years, but they could see its po­ten­tial to be a lovely fam­ily home.

“We were at­tracted by its fa­cade, par­tic­u­larly the Vic­to­rian-style front door,” they said.

“Once in­side we were amazed by the ex­quis­ite or­nate cor­nices and 3.6m-high ceil­ings.”

The own­ers said the home had been ren­o­vated sev­eral times over the years, ini­tially to main­tain its orig­i­nal style and most re­cently to suit the needs of their grow­ing fam­ily.

“The rooms pro­vide for flex­i­bil­ity, sep­a­ra­tion and spa­ces which ex­pand to en­ter­tain groups of friends or ex­tended fam­ily,” they said.

The lay­out in­cludes a strik­ing for­mal lounge room with fire­place near the en­try and an open-plan liv­ing/kitchen/din­ing area at the back of the home.

The chic kitchen has an in­duc­tion cook­top, self-clean­ing oven, dish­washer, un­der­bench wine fridge, is­land bench and stone bench­tops.

“The kitchen and fam­ily room are prob­a­bly where we spend most of our time,” the own­ers said.

“We have shared many cel­e­bra­tions in this room and it can open and ex­pand through bi-fold doors to the ve­randa to ac­com­mo­date fam­ily and friends.

“We de­signed and made the stained­glass pan­els above the doors by hand, ad­ding a touch of tra­di­tion in a more mod­ern room.

“And sit­ting in front of the fire­place on a win­ter’s day with a glass of red is rec­om­mended.” con­tin­ued page 3

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