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When you have a husband and wife that both work in the construction industry, you end up with the ultimate renovation power couple.
Alex Humphries works as a graduate architect, and her husband Adam a builder, so when they decided the renovate the house at 84 Frasers Rd at Ashgrove, the outcome was destined to be incredible.
“It was a completely different picture,” Mrs Humphries said.
“It’s a 1930s home but there wasn’t a great deal of character.”
The couple lifted the house and built underneath with a large and open floorplan.
Upstairs they renovated and refurbished character features, such as the detailed cornicing.
“We laid a new Tassie oak floor (and) we have used Tassie oak throughout the house to add a bit of warmth through the joinery and staircase,” Mrs Humphries said.
“My husband is a real hardworking chap and very, very meticulous with a keen eye for detail.
“We’ve got an eat-in kitchen bench which was designed by my husband, little features like that make this house more custom.”
They designed the house for a family, with their two little daughters, Grace and Isla, in mind.
“We opted for all of the bedrooms upstairs and living downstairs with a guest suite,” Mrs Humphries said.
“I love the downstairs living space because I can be cooking and the kids can be playing outside and I can see them.”
She said they had also added a deck upstairs to capture the surrounding views.
“My favourite space is the upper deck because you feel almost on top of the world up there,” she said.
“You’ve got a spectacular outlook of the hills and you can watch the sunset.
“It’s my happy place.”