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Looking at this Mulberry Homes designed and built home
today, it's di cult to believe it was once a 1970s, brown-
brick and tile construction, with dated décor and a layout
that was less than conducive to modern family living.
With a budget to adhere to, the owners -- a young
family -- commissioned Mulberry Homes to completely
redesign the home and install a pool and alfresco area.
They wanted to not only modernise the home, but also
open it up and incorporate light, airy living spaces. A new
kitchen, new bathrooms, home theatre room and double
garage were also on the list of requirements.
To come in within budget, Mulberry Homes needed to
retain the structure of the existing home as much as possible.
More than just a renovation, this project required a total
redesign. Mulberry Homes started by rebuilding the
entire front facade of the home and bringing it out a
few metres. An extra large door and entrance canopy
add interest, while the sloping roof on the outside has
been replaced with a mezzanine level inside that looks
onto the formal living area. The 70s-style sunken lounge
was filled in to create a more contemporary space, which
features an extra high ceiling.
In modernising the front of the home, Mulberry
Homes also constructed a new double garage, rendered
the home's dated, brown bricks and landscaped the front
yard, complete with low boundary wall.
The newly constructed extension above the garage
now houses a theatre room. It shares this level of the
home with the children's bedrooms. The wall that formerly
created the upstairs passageway has been replaced by
a glass balustrade, which opens up the area and creates a
sense of space.
While the Mulberry Homes team retained as much
of the existing structure as possible, they completely
reversed the orientation of the house, moving the living
areas to the rear of the building to overlook the new pool,
alfresco area and landscaped gardens. The former garage
became an open plan kitchen and family area, with
interesting, co ered ceilings and white minimalist finishes
to enhance the feeling of spaciousness. A wall of glass
doors is all that separates the area from outside, a ording
those inside terrific views to the back of the property.
The outdoor area has been completely redesigned to
include a stunning pool and water wall by Atlantic Pools
and an undercover alfresco area. A glass pool fence
means views from inside are not hampered. Landscaped
gardens complement the backyard's modern design.
Established in 1995, Mulberry Homes specialises
in renovating and restoring old-style homes, but
also builds cutting edge, modern homes and
Owners Charles Arnott and Steve Brescacin
have worked together in di erent capacities
for 25 years and o er a complete service from
architectural and structural design, to building
management and administration.
They are committed to working closely with
clients at all stages of construction to achieve the
desired end result. In order to maintain a high
quality of service, Mulberry Homes usually only
works on two to four projects at any one time and
most work is generated by word of mouth.
PO Box 72, Subiaco, WA 6904
Phone: (08) 9388 1717
THE MAIN LIVING AREA and master
bedroom wrap around the pool by Atlantic Pools.
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