Weekend Herald

CHARM­ING CHAR­AC­TER

A sen­si­tive, ground- up makeover has given this 1940s house some se­ri­ous style, writes LEIGH BRAMWELL

- Interior Design

Hav­ing al­ways ad­mired houses of the 1920s to 1940s era, Jill Pen­gelly and her fam­ily fell for this charm­ing char­ac­ter home in Re­muera when they were house- hunt­ing six years ago.

And it wasn’t just about good looks. Lo­cated on the el­e­vated part of In­gram Rd, the house is close to schools and the shop­ping cen­tre, it has beau­ti­ful bones, big rooms and flex­i­ble spaces, and of­fers fam­ily liv­ing and a work- from- home op­tion.

Clad in tra­di­tional weath­er­board with a tiled roof, its dec­o­ra­tive sco­tias, pol­ished wooden floors and other char­ac­ter fea­tures ap­pealed to Jill de­spite its need for a re­fresh.

They ren­o­vated the en­tire house and the gar­den, and have just fin­ished the job.

“We’re hav­ing the last of the car­pet laid to­day,” Jill says.

“The ren­o­va­tion has taken ages, be­cause once you start, the things you haven’t done look tired by com­par­i­son so you keep adding them on.”

With four bed­rooms, two bath­rooms, large liv­ing ar­eas, a li­brary and a me­dia room, there was a lengthy to- do list. Out­side, they cre­ated more space in the back gar­den, re­land­scaped and up­dated the pool, added a deck out­side the liv­ing area, and new gar­den edg­ings and plant­ings.

In­side, a new, white paint job gave the en­tire house a serene, so­phis­ti­cated style. “Ev­ery­thing looked com­pletely dif­fer­ent when it was all painted white,” Jill says.

The bath­rooms were up­dated and the smaller of the two, whose ceil­ing had been low­ered, had its orig­i­nal ceil­ing height re­in­stated to give it a more spa­cious feel.

“It was the builder who pointed out we could do that,” Jill says. “A good, cre­ative builder can add so much.”

She chose stain­less steel Miele ap­pli­ances for the restyled kitchen, in­clud­ing two ovens one above the other, a dish­wa­ter and a five- burner Miele gas hob. The sink was moved from the is­land bench and re­lo­cated un­der the win­dow with a view of the palm trees that were added dur­ing the gar­den makeover. And a pantry is clev­erly sited be­hind cav­ity slid­ers.

But Jill says the best change was cre­at­ing a li­brary along­side the liv­ing room. “It was orig­i­nally an area that had been di­vided off by a half wall, so we put in cav­ity slid­ers and lined it with book­cases to cre­ate a li­brary. If we want to we can open it up to be­come part of the liv­ing area. This house has so many rooms you can ei­ther open up or sep­a­rate off — it’s good to be able to cre­ate break­out spaces when you have fam­ily stay­ing.”

Ray White agent Rachel Berry says the house re­ally came into its own dur­ing the var­i­ous stages of lock­down by pro­vid­ing flex­i­ble ar­eas for work­ing from home, with a work area be­side the front door en­abling sep­a­ra­tion from the rest of the house.

“And with its char­ac­ter fea­tures en­hanced by the light, airy in­te­rior, it’s the stuff magazine sto­ries are made of,” she says.

Auc­tion: Oc­to­ber 27

Con­tact: Rachel Berry, Ray White, 021 195 4321

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