In­te­rior ren­o­va­tion

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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.’’

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