Alexandra Apostolids and Pierre Seale experienced quite a few key functions they wanted in their first relatives property. This 1950s residence in Warrandyte (a bush-like suburb 24 kilometres north-east of Melbourne’s CBD) was the only property that ticked each and every one box.
‘We have often loved mid-century interiors and architecture,’ states Alexandra. ‘This residence particularly offered so lots of of the key traits that we adore from this period… full-peak cedar awning windows making it possible for organic light in abundance an L-formed floor plan wrapping around the property that embraces greenery and of program the timber-lined board ceilings with uncovered beams.’
Pierre is a builder, and by means of his business Lifetime Constructing and Structure, he normally collaborates on layout jobs with Alexandra, so it appeared inescapable that the pair would combine their capabilities to completely transform this residence! Their target was to greatly enhance the home’s original natural beauty, ahead of incorporating modern aspects. ‘Any prospect there was to embrace normal elements and things in their purest kind, we took it,’ states Alexandra.
The couple to start with pared back the interiors to take out pokey cabinets and reduced doors, in favour of better openings and cleaner traces. ‘We expanded on house and flow by opening up the eating and living area, and getting rid of a wall that separated these two spaces’ clarifies Alexandra.
Two new sets of bi-fold doors were mounted about the outside place, replacing existing fastened window and doorways that weren’t functioning to their likely. ‘Having them open expands the dwelling location immensely… our floor approach doubles when they bi-fold doors are opened’ says Alexandra.
Elsewhere, first cedar windows were being sanded again to present their pure vein, even though Baltic timber floorboards had been restored to their original unstained colour and matte end.
With the bones of the residence now restored, Alexandra and Pierre commenced to include modern-day comforts. ‘There was no insulation in any of the roof, walls, or flooring, which we rectified, alongside with the addition of underfloor heating in all bathrooms, and zoned heating and cooling’ says Alexandra, incorporating ‘a remote opening skylight highlighting the canopies of our river gums, and supporting to passively cool the home was a terrific decision’.
The couple ‘couldn’t fault’ the unique kitchen structure, but the material palette called for a major update. New American oak cabinetry was set up, complementing beautiful benchtops and a splashback in ‘golden spider’ marble. ‘It has the most wonderful peachy golden veins and physique relocating by way of it – a match designed for the encompassing timber and warm gentle that glides by this spouse and children area,’ suggests Alexandra.
The accomplished household is breezy in summer and cosy in winter season, surrounded by the family’s yard. ‘We are living so happily right here,’ Alexandra states.