There’s more than meets the eye to this traditional-looking 1925-built bungalow in Maylands.
While the 95-year-old property’s facade is in keeping with the era in which it was built, inside it has undergone a major renovation transforming it into architecturally-designed, edgy, industrial home. It also boasts a striking studio built in 1999 at the rear.
Vendors Paul Bullock and Erin Brooks engaged Weave Architects’ Julia Wetherell to give the charming home at 21 Dover St a total overhaul and transformed it into the ultimate family entertainer.
When the couple bought the home in 2010 the property was largely in its original state.
“The previous owners were vintage enthusiasts and so there were things like red carpet and features that would have been original from when it was built in the 1920s,” Mr Bullock says.
“During renovations, our aim was to keep the facade and the front three rooms as original and authentic as possible, and then as you go through it gets more radical, there’s that transition from the front to the back.”
Features include polished concrete floors, cathedral ceilings, a lightwell and an industrial kitchen with top-quality appliances and a commercial-grade stainless steel benchtop, which overlooks the backyard.
“We’ve always been fans of Scandinavian architecture and the architect also has a similar style and brought a Melbourne/Scandinavian-feel to the home,” Mr Bullock says.
“The best thing we did was the kitchen which is commercial grade and has features such as heat lamps to keep dishes warm like a restaurant does, and an integrated fridge and freezer.”
But the original charm of yesteryear remains, with the home boasting leadlight, fretwork, Baltic pine floorboards in the central hallway and bedrooms, and decorative fireplaces.
Outside is a paved patio with a pizza oven, a cubby house and a private, lush garden sanctuary.
Here you will also find the skillion-roof studio built by Troppo Architect’s founding director, Phil Harris.
“The main purpose of the studio has been providing a completely separate space where I can work, but it’s also handy in that anything not compatible with young children can be stored in there,” Mr Bullock says.
“It can also be a grown-ups’ refuge.”
Having had two children since moving into the property, Mr Bullock says it is time to upsize, albeit with a heavy heart.
“We’ve got very mixed feelings about selling, there have been some pangs of regret,” he says.
The home, which sits on a 371sqm block, goes to auction this Saturday, February 22, at 9.30am and has a price guide of $860,000.