Home with stacks of sole

Herald Sun - Property - - STREETSCAPES - BENN DOR­RING­TON

FROM the lofty ex­posed beams down to the rus­tic orig­i­nal floor­boards, this sen­sa­tion­al­lyren­o­vated for­mer shoe fac­tory has plenty of sole.

First built in 1874, ear­marks of its early days have been pre­served like the chim­ney and ceil­ing beams. Hodges, Geelong, di­rec­tor Mar­cus Fal­coner said quirky lit­tle hints of its his­tory were scat­tered through­out the prop­erty.

“There are even old boot­marks im­printed in the floor­boards where a work­ers would have stood for 14 hours a day,” he said.

Ren­o­va­tions have trans­formed the space into an im­pres­sive floor­plan spread across two lev­els and a rooftop ter­race, shar­ing a like­ness with the New York-styled loft apart­ments.

The first floor is the heart of the five-bed­room home, em­brac­ing a truly open-plan de­sign with a com­bined liv­ing, din­ing and kitchen zone bathed in nat­u­ral light.

For the in­spired cook in the fam­ily there is a full kitchen on both floors, com­plete with stain­less steel ap­pli­ances. Where the chim­ney sprouts from the build­ing is a gor­geous first­floor court­yard with a spiral stair­case that lead up to the rooftop ter­race. The ac­com­mo­da­tion is split across both lev­els as well, with three-bed­rooms fit­ted with built-in robes on the first floor, in­clud­ing the main with its pri­vate en­suite.

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