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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
As far as older-style home renovations go, remaining true
to the original design and architecture is one of the most
di cult challenges a builder can face. Mulberry Homes
accepted such a challenge when they were asked to carry
out extensive renovations on this early 20th century East
The clients wanted to retain as much of the home's
character as possible and council regulations also
stipulated that its heritage be preserved.
At the same time, it needed to be functional enough
to suit the busy lifestyle of the inhabitants -- a young,
growing family. Separating the children's living areas
from that of the adults was also a priority, especially
as the children grew and desired more independence.
For Mulberry Homes, ensuring a seamless renovation
that remained true to the home's character was a
combination of attention to detail, sourcing the right
products and a lot of elbow grease. To retain the home's
original style, the team repointed the limestone brick
foundation and sourced timber window frames and
architraves to blend with the existing ceilings.
New fascia boards with stucco plaster were used on
the front of the home and all the floorboards inside were
repolished. Mulberry Homes also designed and built an
imposing jarrah staircase that leads from the basement
cellar up to the ground level and on to the first floor.
Post-renovation, this home features two distinct
zones -- the children's bedrooms and living areas
upstairs, and the kitchen, main living areas and master
bedroom downstairs. It means that the kids can have
some independence, especially as they get older,
and the parents can entertain friends and enjoy
their own space.
As well as bedrooms and a living area, the first
floor also features a large balcony with extra high
glass balustrade for added safety.
Safety was also the main reason behind the stainless
steel fire escape, which leads from the balcony down
to the alfresco dining area. As an added bonus, it will
serve as an entry and exit to the first floor when the
kids are older -- they will be able to come and go
without disturbing mum and dad.
The home has several standout features including
the basement cellar with plenty of storage space
for wine. It also serves as an entertainment space
with impressive looking chesterfield lounges and
an old wine barrel for a table.
Another feature is the kitchen's cool room --
e ectively, a large fridge ideal for a growing family
-- and then there's the summer house out the back.
Situated opposite the glass balustrade enclosed pool,
the summer house comprises bathroom facilities and
a games room.
CEILING ROSES and timber window frames and
architraves help conserve the home's original style.
photography Michael Conroy, Silvertone Photography
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