A HUGE element of surprise is half the fun of an award-winning renovation that elevates a Newtown house into an entertainer’s paradise.
The traditional clinker brick facade gives away no hint of the dramatic rear extension that was added to 77 Nicholas St several years ago.
The quality of the project earned a regional Master Builders gong for builder Cameron Henderson and in recent times a swimming pool has been installed to create the perfect setting for lazy summer days.
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Cramped Christmas dinners will become a distant memory with the amount of space in the industrial-inspired extension.
This vast open-plan living zone, with its exposed steel beams and modern skylights, is a sharp detour from the character of the post-war house.
But the period features have been retained in the original section, which is now home to two bedrooms with ensuites, a charming sitting/media room and a purpose-built wine cellar.
The old back wall of the house has even been turned into an exposed brick feature in the new living space.
The huge kitchen runs down one side of the open-plan dining and loungeroom with a long stone benchtop, two ovens, a gas cooktop a built-in microwave, two dishwashers and two wine fridges.
A walk-in pantry provides additional storage space, while a built-in timber breakfast table is designed for casual meals.
The kitchen sits under a french oak ceiling that matches floors crafted from the same timber.
An enclosed barbecue room with a built-in gas plumbed grill feels much like an extension of the main cooking space.
Separate sliding doors off here and the living room enable guests to spill out onto a covered deck that overlooks the 8m in-ground swimming pool and spa.
A second dwelling at the rear is configured as a fifth bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite and gym/home office but would work equally well as a pool room.
The main bedroom is in the original section of the house and has an impressive custom built dressing room leading through into a huge ensuite with floor-to-ceiling tiles, a deep bathtub and a large walk-in shower.
The finishing touches have just been completed on another ensuite that services the second bedroom across the hall. There’s also a handy powder room on this level.
Upstairs is a separate children’s zone with a study or third living room and two bedrooms with built-in wardrobes.
They share a bathroom with a dual vanity and separate toilet.
Keyless entry, a security system with mobile phone control, hydronic heating and refrigerated cooling are among the extra features on offer.
McGrath, Geelong agent Ross Bywater has listed the property with price hopes of $1.89 million to $1.95 million.