Sally’s as­sess­ment

Inside Out (Australia) - - Inside - Sally Hol­brook Di­rec­tor, North­bourne Ar­chi­tec­ture + De­sign

Lau­ren and Max’s home has some beau­ti­ful pe­riod fea­tures, in­clud­ing the grand en­trance por­tico and orig­i­nal dou­ble front doors – although they should def­i­nitely look at re­plac­ing the stained glass dol­phins that were ob­vi­ously added at a later date. The main bed­room, which opens onto a pri­vate front gar­den and cap­tures north­ern light, is lovely and even though Lau­ren and Max have thought of mov­ing into the mid­dle bed­room, I think they should stay put, es­pe­cially as they could put in an en­suite and walk-in robe by the fence at a later date. I can see why the cou­ple are frus­trated by prob­lems with the ex­ist­ing floor plan, es­pe­cially the bath­room be­ing used as a thor­ough­fare. There is much that can be done to im­prove the house, but it’s im­por­tant that Lau­ren and Max have a clear idea of how long they want to stay be­fore com­mit­ting to ex­ten­sive changes. And, with a lim­ited bud­get in the short-term, they need to de­cide what to pri­ori­tise in or­der to im­prove how they live in the house now.

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