Wayne Fletcher, whose family have owned this house in Paddington for 70 years, recently completed renovating it and is selling. Image: AAP/Richard Waugh.
WAYNE Fletcher’s earliest memory of the home that’s been in his family for more than seven decades is getting in trouble for trampling on the flowers in the backyard.
His grandparents loved tending to their dahlias on the property at 306 Given Terrace, Paddington, which has been transformed from a modest, three-bedroom worker’s cottage to three levels of luxury.
”Half the backyard was covered in dahlias,” Mr Fletcher said.
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“The colour of it at certain times of the year was like a rainbow.”
When his grandfather passed away at the age of 93 two years ago, Mr Fletcher knew it was time to sell the home.
And little did he know the buyer had been living just across the street.
The dining area in the house at 306 Given Tce, Paddington, before the renovation.
The dining area in the house at 306 Given Tce, Paddington, after the renovation.
Local builder James Lilley of Lilleybuild and his business partner, P&R Lee, had admired the property for years before it went on the market.
“We schemed to buy that house for a long time!” Mr Lilley said.
“We built two homes across the road and lived there with our families.
“Our families would walk past the property and often wave to the family that lived there.”
When the property eventually went under the hammer in June last year, Mr Lilley said there were 60 people and 12 bidders at the auction.
“And we were the successful bidders,” he said.
“We had in mind that we’d always build two beautiful executive homes, all the while paying homage to the history of the family and the existing house itself.”
A sunroom in the house at 306 Given Tce, Paddington, before the renovation.
A sunroom in the house at 306 Given Tce, Paddington, after the renovation.
Mr Lilley said he met the Mr Fletcher and other members of the extended family after the auction, stayed in touch during the building process and made sure they had the first inspection when it was finished.
“They were delighted, which made us delighted as well,” he said.
“When you’re doing this, you’re really trying to connect with the local community.”
The original property was on an 878 sqm block of land comprising two lots over one title.
Mr Lilley subdivided the lots and moved the existing house across to one of the lots, which became 306 Given Tce.
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He built a brand new home on the other lot, which became 308 Given Tce, and undertook a major renovation of the original home on 306 Given Tce.
“We picked it up and moved the house across six metres, forward seven metres and up in the air one metre,” Mr Lilley said.
“It fit beautifully on the new block and next door we built a really grand, modern executive home.
“It’s very different in that it’s more contemporary and architectural.”
One of the bedrooms in the house at 306 Given Tce, Paddington, before the renovation.
One of the bedrooms in the house at 306 Given Tce, Paddington, after the renovation.
The original house was built around 1913 and had only received some minor improvements in the decades since, so Lilleybuild and P&R Lee had a big job ahead of them.
They started by putting in concrete floors and footings in the lower wall frames, then combined concrete and timber for the walls to create a blend of old and new.
They used the existing timber frames in the original house for the upstairs floor, replaced the roof sheet metal and re-clad the entire exterior of the house using the same profile of camphor board.
The living room in the house at 306 Given Tce, Paddington, before the renovation.
The living room in the house at 306 Given Tce, Paddington, after the renovation.
Then it was time to fit out the interior.
“We wanted to keep the character elements, but pitch to a market that’s contemporary,” Mr Lilley said.
“In the original section of the house, we relined the interior with Gyprock and replaced the timber windows and doors in the same style.
“In the new section, we used lots of concrete and steel — quite industrial looking steel — for the internal stairways and the balustrades.
“It juxtaposed the distinction between the old and the new.”
The bathroom in the house at 306 Given Tce, Paddington, before the renovation.
One of the bathrooms in the house at 306 Given Tce, Paddington, after the renovation.
The end result is a five-bedroom, three-bathroom family home blending character with contemporary living.
The gable and pitched roof line reflect a traditional bungalow facade, while inside the open-plan living areas are finished in polished concrete flooring, creative tiling and Blackbutt timber and black metal balustrading.
Modern conveniences such as built-in bar fridges, a drinks cabinet and a Eurimex wood burner add special touches.
The front of the house at 306 Given Tce, Paddington, before the renovation.
The front of the house at 306 Given Tce, Paddington, after the renovation.
There’s also an impressive 7.2m void in the living zone and a cantilevered platform, which offers city views and could also be used as a home office, media room, or yoga space.
The kitchen is decked out with Caesarstone White Attica stone, Miele appliances and a walk-through butler’s pantry.
Outside, an entertaining terrace and swimming pool complete the picture.
The kitchen in the house at 306 Given Tce, Paddington, before the renovation.
The kitchen in the house at 306 Given Tce, Paddington, after the renovation.
A close-up of the kitchen details.
Mr Fletcher said the transformation was “unbelievable”.
But what would his grandfather think of it if he was still alive?
“I think my grandfather would be absolutely stunned,” Mr Fletcher said.
“He’d probably want to know where his backyard went because it was a double block before, and he didn’t like swimming so having the pool probably would have been a hassle for him.
“He was a man’s man, simple in his tastes, and he loved being outdoors, so the idea of suspended concrete flooring and four metre high ceilings probably wasn’t quite his style!
“But I think he would have really liked the quality of everything.”
The back of the house at 306 Given Tce, Paddington, before the renovation.
The back of the house at 306 Given Tce, Paddington, after the renovation.
The property is being marketed by Ben Wakely and Ashley Horswill of Urban Property Agents – Paddington and is listed with a price guide of $2.415m+.
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Time taken: 12 months
Total spend: $1m to $1.5m
End valuation: Upwards of $2.4m