New meets old in this Mt Hawthorn home
* Charming 1930s bungalow is now more than twice its original size.
* Deliberate contrast between the period features of the existing home and the clean, modern lines of the new contemporary kitchen, living area, master suite and alfresco.
* Old kitchen has been converted into a big laundry ideal for a busy family.
Details of the full transformation
Suburb: Mount Hawthorn
Background: Bronte and Richard bought their character bungalow in 2001. Built in 1936, it was typical of many older properties in Mount Hawthorn, with three bedrooms, one bathroom, a compact kitchen and a sleep-out at the back that served as the living area. The couple fell for the home’s art deco charm and period features, which included decorative cornice, leadlight glass, ceiling roses and jarrah floorboards, and it’s location close to the city, cafes, shops and restaurants.
Need: Almost two decades and two children later, Bronte and Richard realised their family had outgrown their art deco charmer. But they still loved where they lived and didn’t want to move. They simply needed more room. Their character cottage sat on a big block, which meant there was plenty of garden for the children to enjoy, but the house lacked the big open-plan kitchen and living area the young family needed. Also, the patio the other side of the sleep-out was awkward to get to from the kitchen, and the family all had to share the home’s single bathroom.
Solution: The old sleep-out was demolished and a substantial extension was added to give the family the new kitchen, living and dining area they needed. The extension also included a new master suite with a walk-in wardrobe and a chic ensuite with freestanding bath. Bronte and Richard made a conscious decision to contrast the new with the old, choosing sleek, modern materials for their new light-filled spaces. Keeping the period features for the original rooms, they opted for polished concrete floors, clean lines and a modern white and timber kitchen with a big, square island bench the whole family could sit at. Two sets of sliding doors connect both the kitchen and living area to a new alfresco. Construction took about six months, during which time the family moved out. Taking the house from a 3x1, to a 4x2, the project more than doubled the size of the original character home, while still leaving room for a new backyard pool.
Why Dale Alcock Home Improvement?
“We saw the Dale Alcock Home Improvement display home in Essex Street in Wembley and loved the design and finishes,” Bronte said. “We would recommend Dale Alcock Home Improvement and would use them again if we did another renovation. The service, from the design phase to pre-start and all the way through to handover, was so professional. We’re so glad we renovated and didn’t move house as we love the area we live in and now we love our home, too.”
“Plan for what your family will need in the future, not just for what you need now,” Bronte said. “If you have young children, for example, think about what they need – and what you’ll need – when they are teenagers. Don’t plan the house around entertaining or having guests to stay. The reality is, that doesn’t happen that often and it’s you and your family who will be living in the house every day. Design it for you. Also, if there is a feature you really want, but it feels like it might be a bit expensive or decadent to have it, try to find a way to include it. There were a couple of features we didn’t include and in the scheme of things, I really wish we had.”
Before and After Floor Plans
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