Full Renovation of a Victorian Terrace in Northcote

Monday, 25 July 2011

The owner of this charming terrace house wanted a complete renovation of his home that  addressed both a range of outstanding maintenance issues to the exterior of the home as well as giving the house a comprehensive visual freshen up on the inside. The works included removal and replacement of decks and pergolas, removing the existing terracotta tiles to the entry porch and replacing them with tesselated tiles, repointing all the brickwork including tuck pointing the front fascade, restoring lead light windows in and above the front door, completely redesigning and refitting the kitchen, laundry, bathroom, ensuite and walk in robe, new paint and flooring throughout, including a new subfloor in the original front of the house, new light fittings throughout and installing energy efficient UPVC double glazed windows and sliding doors and a combined solar hydronic hot water and central heating system. The weatherboards to the rear extension of the house were all replaced and the opportunity was taken at that time to install wall insulation batts to that part of the house and roof insulation was fitted throughout.  Additional wiring for telephone, audio visual and internet services was also installed when the floors were up.

The works needed to be scheduled in such a way to enable the client to remain living in the house throughout the works, always a challenge.  This was one of those projects which grew over time, initially because of a range of structural issues that were uncovered and then, the scope grew as the client was so delighted with the works that were done that the newly renovated rooms were going to make the areas that were not going to be touched look very out of place.  The delighted client now has a striking home with all the charm of the historic Victorian single fronted cottage part of the house with it's period features but with all the modern comforts and amenities.  The best of both worlds.



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