As home renovations go, this one is a beauty. Given the names behind it – Camilla d’Antoine, the founder of design brand Mozi and her husband Tim, the lead builder at Hobart’s Mona – it was always going to be special.
From the ocean breeze-coloured front door to the pale pink of the hall and the clever use of recycled materials, it is a breath of fresh air.
The couple commissioned architect Daryl Pelchen to take a neat but dated double-fronted Hawthorn brick house and turn it into a dream home with all the bells and whistles.
FAST FACTS: 31 SEYMOUR AVENUE, ARMADALE 3143
- Kay & Burton: 9820 1111
- Price: $5 million +
- Auction: October 22 at noon
- Victorian house renovated and extended by architect Daryl Pelchen
- Victorian features of marble mantelpieces, arched hall, high ceilings; wide oak floorboards throughout
- high-end designer fittings
- luxurious en suite with bath, walk-in wardrobe
- open-plan living area with sunken lounge and French-tiled fireplace
- Liebherr fridge/freezer; honed concrete kitchen benches with antique Spanish tiles; walk-in pantry
- retreat; rumpus room/home theatre
- cellar/tasting room
- large laundry with drying room
- north-west-facing garden and swimming pool
- hydronic heating, ducted and reverse-cycle air-conditioning
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Along the way they respected its past, keeping Victorian features such as marble mantelpieces and the hallway arch.
But in an engineering feat, they added a whole new section on the ground floor, a first floor and excavated to create a lower-ground-floor level.
The house has the typical Victorian floor plan of four rooms off a central hall. The main bedroom at the front and its en suite are a showcase of high-end design such as Designers Guild ombre linen curtains and thick pile carpet in the bedroom.
The en suite gets a modern-day reworking with black-and-white floor tiles, fully tiled white walls, a timber vanity and bespoke back-lit mirror.
But the outstanding feature is the steel oval freestanding black bath by Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola.
“We wanted classic black and white, but with a tranquil feel,” Camilla says.
Still in the old part of the house, the study has a wall of Cole & Son Versailles toile wallpaper juxtaposed against a rendered brick wall.
A dark grey-painted mantelpiece is flanked by dark grey bookshelves to ceiling height.
Wide oak floorboards unite the house from front to back, but a row of old bricks marks the transition from old to the new look of rustic/modern.
“There is so much to love about this house,” Camilla says.
“I love this room because of the volume, the light and the points of interest. It’s business at the front of the house and party at the back.”
The open-plan kitchen and living domain includes a sunken lounge with a French tiling system surrounding the open fireplace.
Beside the lounge, the dining area with banquette seating is lit by a linear skylight with a Christopher Boots light fitting above the table.
A honed concrete island bench with 200-year-old reclaimed Spanish tiles is the standout in the kitchen.
On the other side of the bench, there is a Wolf oven, white-tiled splashback and integrated Lieberr fridge and freezer.
The walk-in pantry is behind grey timber-panelled cabinetry.
Metal-framed glass doors open the living area and kitchen to the back garden, the outdoor entertainment area and swimming pool.
Camilla has combined her love of history with contemporary fittings and fixtures.
For example, two windows on the walls beside the curved staircase leading to the first floor were sourced from a Sydney salvage yard, but originally came from the University of Sydney.
The first floor has a retreat at the top of the stairs. Three bedrooms on this level are all the same size, with built-in wardrobes.
The family bathroom nearby features Japanese wall tiles.
Taking the stairs to the lower ground level, there is more history on display.
The flooring of the theatre or rumpus room is in bricks from the site, laid in a herringbone pattern.
The yellow barn door is a little bit of country in the city and the concrete ceiling is testament to the scale of the engineering.
Glazed doors with metal frames open the rumpus room to a courtyard garden at the building’s side.
There is another bathroom on this level, a cellar and a large laundry where two recycled porcelain sinks – complete with chips – from the science department of Sydney University are laundry troughs.
With the wealth of detail at this house, the extras, spacious accommodation and high-end design, living in Armadale doesn’t get much better.
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“A simply outstanding amalgamation of period restoration with functional contemporary architecture.” Darren Lewenberg – agent