Blend of old and new

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A TU­DOR-STYLE house in leafy Tus­more has been re­stored and ren­o­vated so it blends the best of the old and new, the own­ers say.

Christina Foundas and hus­band An­thony bought the east­ern sub­urbs house two years ago with the in­ten­tion of com­pletely ren­o­vat­ing it in­side and out­side.

‘‘It was ac­tu­ally a de­ceased es­tate and it wasn’t in a very good state but we saw past all of that,’’ Ms Foundas says.

She says they were im­me­di­ately drawn to the Tu­dor af­ter pre­vi­ously own­ing and liv­ing in the same style of house.

The house had only four rooms when they pur­chased it but the cou­ple added an up­stairs area that in­cludes two bed­rooms, a rum­pus room and bath­room.

They also ex­tended the rear of the house by adding an open­plan kitchen and din­ing area, out­door en­ter­tain­ment area and so­lar-heated swim­ming pool.

‘‘We re­tained as many of the orig­i­nal fea­tures as we could . . . all the ceil­ings and the floor­boards, fire­places and most of the wood­work,’’ Ms Foundas says.

‘‘You wouldn’t recog­nise it now. I like the way the house flows – it would be an en­ter­tainer’s dream.’’

As well as build­ing a modern, white kitchen, the cou­ple added a but­ler’s pantry, which acts as a sec­ond kitchen.

‘‘If you want to get rid of all your dirty dishes, you can put them in there. There is a sec­ond dish­washer in there and more bench space,’’ Ms Foundas says.

De­spite all the mod-cons, the cou­ple says the house’s lo­ca­tion is also one of the best aspects and is an ideal spot for fam­i­lies. ‘‘It’s close to Burn­side Vil­lage and Tus­more Park is around the cor­ner – it’s a gor­geous park with wad­ing pool and creek that runs through it,’’ Ms Foundas says.

Be­cause the house was only re­cently ren­o­vated, she says it is ready for a fam­ily to move straight in.

‘‘The new own­ers will not have to do any­thing when they move into the house. Every­thing has been done for them,’’ she says.

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