The Perfect Transformation into Heritage Home Heaven
Our client wanted to renovate, extend and modernise what was a rundown Federation farmhouse and create a spectacular family home. We needed to balance the contemporary design at the rear of the home with heritage elements of the front façade. Our aim? To fuse the two styles seamlessly into one cohesive design our clients could call home, with the help of architect and interior design team Page Stewart. Before you step inside, this home has striking street appeal from every angle. We replaced the original timber weatherboards to revive the front façade and used a combination of Weathertex cladding and recycled brick in the rear extension. At the side of the property is a stunning curved feature chimney. Entering the home, guests are welcomed by the warmth of American Oak timber floorboards which give way to off-white concrete floors in the living area. The polished concrete is surprisingly soft under foot, with the added comfort of hydronic heating underneath. The kitchen is the centrepiece of this magnificent home. It features a breathtaking four metre island bench made of natural stone slab in Italian Travertine, with expertly crafted curved ends. All appliances are seamlessly integrated. Floor-to-ceiling windows and a generous skylight were strategically installed to open up the space and bathe it in light. A fireplace is ready and waiting to warm the open living area in cooler months, and a modern lighting scheme casts a sunny glow through the space. The living areas may appear minimalistic at first glance – yet, as always, we paid meticulous attention to detail to ensure all finishes were executed to perfection. All through the home, these details make a subtle statement. The use of high-quality materials and impeccable finishes are clear, such as the natural stone used in the bathroom and powder room. In the living area, natural light floods into the space through large windows at the rear, and a pivot window ensures the home can open up and will always feel fresh, airy and connected to the outside world. Outside, paving stones lead out to a tranquil pool area, with plenty of space for entertaining. Alto Landscaping added cobblestones to the pool area, a nod to the home’s heritage past. Throughout the home, period-era features have been transformed; dilapidated fireplaces have turned into statement shelving, and existing stained-glass windows have been restored in all their vibrant glory. The bones of this magnificent home have provided a strong foundation for a home that will remain timeless for decades to come, treasured within the family into the future.