Binburra Ave, Avalon
This 1970 brick house had various ad hoc additions made to it over the years, so although the house was sufficiently large for the new owners, the internal space was disconnected, with many small rooms and spaces.
The bland, apricot exterior was dated and uninspiring, and the front recessed porch was gloomy and uninviting and could not be seen when approaching house. The house had no insulation or means of ventilating the stifling heat which built up in the summer months. The master bedroom was shoved in the roof space, clearly a previous owner's DIY renovation, and was dark, stuffy with poor ceiling height. Brown carpet, bare brick walls, exposed roughly sawn beams, and pine floorboards, added to the dated, uninspiring interiors. Garaging for 3 cars was impractical with very low ceiling height or tandem parking.
Emile used this opportunity to rectify the ventilation and insulation issues, creating a more energy efficient home. The house was modernised throughout, with new cedar framed windows, louvers and doors, and coffee coloured bamboo flooring throughout. Emile created an expansive and inviting entrance foyer and the reorganisation of the internal space allowed for 2 new offices and bigger bedrooms. A "wetroom" bathroom and separate WC completed the additions to the main living level.
The master bedroom in the roof space was transformed into a large, bright parents' retreat. With many overseas visitors the owners needed separate guest accommodation, including 2 queen bedrooms and bathroom. A double garage, extensive under house storage, solar hot water and a 16000 ltr water tank complete the picture.