THERE’S always compromises to be made during any building or renovation project.
But there’s one feature the owners of 9 Grandview Grove, Drumcondra weren’t prepared to give up during the extension of their classic california bungalow.
A long concrete kitchen bench spanning some eight metres was central to the design of architect Rhys Rappel.
Poured and moulded on site during a process that took three weeks, the benchtop seamlessly transitions into the bottom treads of a feature staircase leading the first floor addition.
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It’s a great example of function and style coming together and is used for everything from quick dinners, to homework and displaying favourite treasures.
While this bungalow may appear traditional from the street, there’s plenty more surprises in store once you venture beyond the original formal entry and front three bedrooms.
Period features like leadlight windows, decorative ceilings and open fireplaces are soon replaced with stylish modern touches in the central open-plan kitchen, dining and living area.
This spacious hub for entertaining family and friends flows out to an inviting covered patio with views of the leafy garden.
There’s even a bi-fold servery window off the kitchen for ease of supplying food to guests and, for wine buffs, a 1500 bottle, temperature controlled cedar wine room.
Spotted gum timber floors throughout the ground floor offset other custom-built joinery such as wall of plywood bookshelves and the feature timber staircase.
The kitchen has a 900mm stainless steel oven, dishwasher, canopy rangehood and an appliance cupboard. A butler’s pantry with another sink leads through into a large laundry with lots of storage options.
An existing room dating back many decades at the back of the house has been transformed into a second living area which also has garden access.
A double height ceiling with soaring windows dressed with remote control blinds draws lots of natural light into the stairwell that leads to the main bedroom and separate study upstairs.
The main bedroom sits under a raked ceiling and has a walk-in wardrobe, ensuite and split system airconditioning.
There’s another split system airconditioner in the main living room, which also has a gas log fire.
Sleek modern finishes are echoed in the main bathroom downstairs where concrete and timber feature again.
The 625sq m block has rear access with the potential to construct garaging, subject to council approval. The existing shedding is currently used for storage.
Established fruit trees producing every thing from peaches to apples, mulberries, apricots and cherries are a bonus.
The property will be auctioned on Thursday at 7pm with price hopes of $1.2 million to $1.32 million. For more information phone Barry Plant, Highton agent Brett Walker on 0418 995 490.