A BLUESTONE villa built in 1880 gave an interior designer the opportunity to transform a house. After buying the home in 2008 with her husband, Janelle Gaudet renovated the inside of the property.
‘‘When I bought the home, although it was structurally sound, the ceiling in the kitchen had fallen in and the interior was in definite need of repair,’’ she says. ‘‘I totally rebuilt the inside of the house but I loved the original pressed metal ceiling in the lounge room – it was one of the first things that attracted me to the property.’’
The lounge room can be viewed through double glass doors via the dining and kitchen space, which includes a stone island bench, a large amount of rear bench space and stainlesssteel appliances.
The kitchen and lounge area opens to an exterior space, which is enclosed by cedar louvres and clear blinds.
‘‘We really enjoy the outdoor area and in the beginning I thought to do a big renovation but after finishing the outdoor space, I realised it was just the right amount of room,’’ Ms Gaudet says.
‘‘We had 20 to 30 people outside for dinner and we all fit comfortably.’’
The exterior dining area leads to a 2.47m by 2.07m cellar and the rest of the outdoor space wraps around the home’s side. The vendors have used the side space as a barbecue zone, equipped with a built-in barbecue, sink and cupboards, and also a fitness area with access to the main bathroom.
Inside the home, the bedrooms have ceiling fans and two have built-in robes. The main bedroom includes built-in cupboards, a fully tiled ensuite and walk-in wardrobe. Although the design of the home was important, Ms Gaudet says the location was also a key consideration.
‘‘Gilberton is fantastic because it is close to the city and it’s an easy walk to restaurants on Melbourne St; it’s also less than a five-minute walk to Linear Park,’’ she says.
‘‘The home is also set on a very quiet and quite small nothrough street, which has been wonderful.’’