When renovating this house, the vendors kept things simple by retaining most of the original building’s footprint. Rather than add a second storey, they decided to concentrate on a quality refit.
Punching new “holes” in this double-brick building was not the easiest of tasks, the vendor says. “But we are happy with what we have done.”
Fast facts: 375 Church Road, Templestowe, 3106
- Jellis Craig: 8841 4888
- Price: $1.4 million – $1.5 million
- Auction: August 20 at 12.30pm
- Templestowe: 16 kilometres from the city
- Single-level, double-brick house on about 862 square metres; four bedrooms; study;
- Kitchen with Caesarstone benchtops, glass splashback, Bosch and Miele appliances and built-in coffee machine
- Double-glazed, full-height windows; tile and bamboo flooring; open fireplaces; zoned ducted heating; refrigerated cooling
- Corrugated roof; solar-heated, salt-chlorinated pool; schools and shops nearby
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The result is a neater, sharper house reconfigured to provide a lot of stylish living on its 860-square-metre block. Much of the external and internal exposed brickwork has been rendered.
A former music room has been reborn as a bedroom and the kitchen has been repositioned to make way for a family living area that used to be two separate zones.
To quote the adage, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. And here the parts more than hold their own.
The simplicity of a white and black colour scheme is striking. The front door, for instance, is textured timber painted black. Black reappears with two open fireplaces (in the formal lounge and the family hub) each set into black feature walls.
In two bedrooms, black stencils feature on white walls. One bedroom has bold black stripes on a white wall. Near the entry there’s a curved wall with wallpaper depicting black tree trunks on a white background.
Huge expanses of glass ensure the house is always filled with natural light. At the entry, a floor-to ceiling window overlooks the garden. The formal lounge, with bamboo flooring and high raked ceilings, has electrically operated clerestory windows. Glass doors open to the garden and pool.
A fitted study and two bedrooms are grouped together off a curved hall near the front of the house.
The main bedroom is a bright affair with slender floor-to-ceiling wardrobes and a large window with plantation shutters. The en suite has a double shower and a floating vanity with glass basin.
The zone incorporating the kitchen, dining and living areas occupies the middle of the house, with another bedroom wing at the far end of the building. A Caesarstone island bench with waterfall edges adds to the storage capacity in the kitchen, which has Bosch and Miele appliances.
Full-height, double-glazed windows give a view of the garden, which is in two neat sections – a glass-fenced swimming pool and a patch of no-mow lawn with a large tree at its centre.
A stand of tall bamboo, trim and taut, hides the paling fence, creating the main vertical element in the landscaping. Both sets of bedrooms and the main living area of the house are designed to embrace this open space.
A raised deck on one side of the pool wraps around to the back of the house. There’s a door into the family bathroom here, so pool users can make their way inside without having to trudge through the rest of the house in wet bathers.
Two bedrooms in the rear wing share the family bathroom (with claw-foot bath, frameless shower and glass basin). The laundry is also in this wing.
This house, on a wide, quiet road, is close to schools, shops and Westerfolds Park.
“Simply stunning. Sleek & contemporary in design, this is single-level living at its best. From entertainers to downsizers, this house will impress all.” Dallas Taylor – agent