Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Charming transformations

It's the time of the year when we are full of enthusiasm, with a fresh page before us just waiting to be written on. Its a time to tackle new projects and turn our visions into reality. So I thought it fitting to show you two fabulous renovations, two of my absolute favourites that really inspire me.

First up we have a 1914 Federation house, in a beautiful heritage listed suburb of Melbourne. This house had been lived in by an elderly couple for more than 50 years, and as you can see, the house's needs obviously got too much for them. It was so painfully in need of some tender loving care. Such a sad state of affairs. The house leaned to one side, all the timber fretwork on the porch was rotted and the corrugated iron roof badly needed replacing.





Take a look at this baby now! Lovingly brought back to its former glory, painted a gorgeous clotted cream colour with white trim. Beautiful classic landscaping was added.


The back of the house was extended to add a new open plan kitchen and living area, with three sets of french doors opening on to a newly landscaped courtyard.



Here's another tired, sad little home. The owners, in their inexplicable wisdom, had covered up the charming weatherboards of this single fronted cottage with horrid brick cladding and a dreaded aluminium window, stripping this heritage home of all its charm. Sad, sad, sad. I bet many potential buyers ran away screaming....
.....But not Tina Buchanan. Tina (who had tackled 15 previous renovations) had the vision to see what this house could become. Take a look at this beauty now...


I am in love! This home deservedly won Australian Home Beautiful's home of the year competition in 2001.
I feel totally inspired by people who have the vision to see the potential in the old and unloved, and the bravery and tenacity to make it happen.
The lovely thing about Australia is that all the cities and older towns have many charming, single fronted cottages like this. They are usually in old, leafy suburbs oh-so-close to the city, so they are right by great shops and cafes. If I win the lottery any time soon, I'd being buying a lovely little single fronted cottage like either of the above homes for me and my son. I'd even be prepared to buy the ugliest and see what I could do with it! Time to buy a lottery ticket....
All images Australian Home Beautiful

10 comments:

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

Wow! Beautiful transformations! I'm so glad some people have a good eye for possibility - what a gift!

Lauren said...

gorgeous! I love how they're not these massive houses too. (I've also always wanted to live in a white house ;)

citysage said...

What amazing renovations! I'm always so sad to see old homes treated with neglect. They turned out so beautifully---i'd be proud to call them home!

and what a perfect topic for the new year too!

Willow Decor: said...

What amazing before and afters! Great photos!

Susan said...

I absolutely love your blog! I came across it through Desire to Inspire and have been following since. I do have trouble reading your text, with the colour of the font you use. Maybe it's old age or bad eyesight but I find the blue really difficult to read against the background colour. Nice work, great photos... Susan

Velvet and Linen said...

Absolutely charming.
I love before and after photos. They really make you appreciate what amazing transformation took place.
Thanks for sharing.

xo
Brooke

River said...

I love successful transformations. Your pictures are stunning as always.

ness lockyer said...

WHY WHY do people put that brick paneling on and alluminium windows in???? It does my head in. Two of my absolute pet hates. Those people should be shot...aaargh!
I love those people who rescued those beautiful homes. They are some of my saved and faves too.
Ness xx

dwellings and decor said...

WOW! What a transformation. It's so nice that they didn't tear it down. They came out so lovely!

Sandra~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

OMG, amazing transformation. LOVE IT!