Real Estate

From bland brick to Palm Springs stunner

Written by The ReReport
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This tri-level home gives the retro Palm Springs-style a modern twist, creating a property that was tailor-made for entertaining.

But the residence didn’t always make such a striking statement. Just three years ago it had poky bedrooms and a brick facade.

The house before the renovation …

… and now.

“We have owned the house for a decade or so and had planned to renovate while the kids were at home but life got in the way,” owner Lee-Anne Barnhill said.

“The kids have since left home but we decided we wanted to do it anyway, do it justice.

“It was a late 1960’s Griffin and Knowlman house with dark brown glazed brick, a tile roof, very retro, and I wanted to keep a lot of those features but modernise it.

“For example, the dark glazed brick is more of a feature now than just part of the structure.”

The living room before the renovation …

… and after the renovation

A 12-month renovation, overseen by Mrs Barnhill and carried out by her builder husband, transformed the 1960’s house into a spacious six-bedroom, four-bathroom family residence.

Entry to the 1867sq m property is via a tailor-made gate, which opens out to a vast lawn, vertical gardens, sandstone garden beds and a pool.

To enter the house, you come through a steel and glass front door that opens in to a foyer and the main living spaces.

It is on this floor you will find the master bedroom with an ensuite and walk-in robe, the library, and the open-plan kitchen and living/dining area.

The renovated kitchen

And what it originally looked like.

Mrs Barnhill said the library was her favourite space in the house.

“It is like this blast from the past with its high pitched ceiling, brick fireplace and the wallpaper. It just evokes childhood memories for me,” she said.

Another favourite spot for Mrs Barnhill is the kitchen, which “has all of the mod cons”.

Features include marble benchtops, three ovens, two dishwashers and a butler’s scullery, which spills out onto the outdoor living area with a fireplace, barbecue and wine fridge.

Mrs Barnhill, who designed the renovation, said she was inspired by the works of modernist architects, Richard Neutra and Harry Seidler.

She said capitalising the river views was also an important factor.

The property has river views

Other features include a terraced and levelled rear garden and a pontoon.

“And the breezes!” Mrs Barnhill said. “It is such a cool and breezy house.”

But it is time to downsize, with Mrs Barnhill saying the renovation – she has reworked more than 25 houses – was her biggest and best yet.

“I am a bit of a gypsy and have renovated a lot of houses but there is a certain feeling about this one that will make it hard to let go,” she said.

“You sort of envisage being old and rattling around that library but in all reality, it deserves a big family.”