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National Estate Builders took a 1920s house, with 1970s renovations, and created a modern-day home that
nods respectfully to its original heritage.
Originally just one level, this 1920s home underwent
renovations in the 1970s and was poorly positioned on
its small Subiaco block, taking up nearly all the available
space. The owners -- a couple with grown-up children
-- wanted to make more intelligent use of the property,
while simultaneously creating more space indoors.
With relatives frequently visiting from over east, they
required an integrated yet private "wing" for guests. While
the home was to be modernised, it was essential that it
remain true to its original 1920s character.
To begin with, National Estate Builders knocked over
the poorly planned extensions the home had undergone
in the 1970s and added a second storey. By building up
rather than out, they were able to conserve as much
of the block space as possible for an alfresco area and
With three bedrooms and a bathroom, the upper level
acts as a separate wing to the ground floor, almost like a
guesthouse -- ideal for visiting friends and family.
The ground level of the home features a formal lounge
and dining area, master bedroom and ensuite. Also on this
level is the kitchen and an open-plan living and meals area.
In close liaison with the owners, the design and
construction of the kitchen was carried out by Subiaco
Furniture Factory. It features white, lacquered cabinetwork
with solid granite bench tops and is a standout feature of
The secret behind the successful renovation of an
older-style character home is putting a lot of e ort
in to make it look like no e ort's been made at all. To
remain true to this home's 1920s style, National Estate
Builders paid immense attention to detail in all aspects of
craftsmanship and went to painstaking lengths to ensure
authentic details were incorporated.
Archways which had previously not existed were
installed throughout the home, while the fireplace in the
formal lounge was preserved and refurbished. This area
is adorned with ceiling roses and a solid jarrah staircase
takes pride of place in the main living area. In other
rooms of the house, vaulted ceilings were installed for
On the home's exterior, National Estate Builders used
original timber weatherboard and rustic-looking red brick.
They sourced second hand roof tiles to e ect a seamless
extension to the original home.
Perhaps the greatest prize of this renovation was the
available outside space the owners were left with. Bifold
doors are now all that separates the main living areas from
the alfresco area. The timber flooring inside seamlessly
integrates with the outdoor decking.
As an added indulgence, an underground cellar was
incorporated into the home. This thermally controlled
room has storage space for 1500 bottles of wine and
also serves as an entertaining area.
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THE OPEN PLAN LIVING space successfully
combines modern and traditional styles making it
functional, yet true to the home's character.
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