Blend of old and new
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.