A residence is reimagined as functional and beautiful terrace home in the leafy green Malvern. We chatted with home-owner Alexandra to learn more about this impressive renovation.
When did you first purchase the house?
We purchased Raleigh in 2014, the minute we stepped foot in the house we knew we had to have it!
What original features did you retain with the renovation?
The house hadn't been touched and it was a gorgeous little Victorian cottage, we restored and kept almost all of the original features. The spacious bedrooms and tall ceilings, cast iron fireplaces, ceiling roses and lace work on the veranda were all features that made us fall in love with it in the first place. We wanted to seperate the old and the new but make sure the new build flowed from the minute you walked in the door, we replaced the old polished wooden floors with wide white smoked European oak which brought it all together.
What were the biggest challenges in this project?
Keeping in budget! And maximising the land space. We had to make sure we designed a home that felt big and roomy as well as making sure we still had a generous garden.
If you could just pick one favourite element of your home what would it be?
The feature bay window is by far my favourite thing in the house, the outlook into lush greenery is like a perfect picture and brings me joy every day!
What inspired the aesthetic for this project?
To create a liveable happy inviting home with light bright spaces.
Can you share with us your top three tips for anyone embarking on a major renovation?
Have a clear idea and direction from the start so that your design remains on point. Don’t over complicate the design, keep it open, clean and minimise your elements, you can fill the home with life and colour once you are done! Design and maximise your natural light, the light streams through our house rain hail or shine, and it always feels warm and happy here!
Can you give us a brief overview of the timeline of the whole project?
We lived in the house for three years before renovating, this helped give us a clear idea of what we loved about the home and how we wanted to plan the new house. From beginning of planning to completion of build was approximately two years. The build took about 12 months.