BACK TO LIFE A new look for a his­toric home

A run­down rec­tory has been lov­ingly trans­formed into a con­tem­po­rary family home

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Although full of char­ac­ter, this former Vic­to­rian rec­tory was dated, lack­lus­tre and needed a fresh look when the family moved in. ‘The lay­out was all hig­gledy-pig­gledy,’ says Cas­sia. ‘It was typ­i­cally Vic­to­rian, with too many small spa­ces and cor­ri­dors. The flow of the house just wasn’t right.’

Re­al­is­ing this would be a ma­jor project, the family lived in the prop­erty for a year while they planned the new lay­out. ‘Thank­fully, the house isn’t listed, so I had the free­dom to make struc­tural changes such as knock­ing down in­ter­nal walls to en­large var­i­ous spa­ces,’ ex­plains Cas­sia. Hav­ing li­aised with a struc­tural en­gi­neer, her plans for a new porch and dress­ing room area, plus a mas­ter en suite were swiftly passed.

Cas­sia, an in­te­rior de­signer, sourced ev­ery­thing from floor­ing to fit­tings and fixtures, and used a sub­tle pal­ette of grey and taupe to cre­ate a co­he­sive feel. ‘How­ever, I did ex­per­i­ment with bolder tones in cer­tain rooms,’ she says.

‘It was an am­bi­tious project that re­quired time and pa­tience, but the end re­sult was worth it,’ Cas­sia adds. ‘It’s now a wel­com­ing home, ideal for our family get-to­geth­ers and par­ties.’

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