Examples of Renovation Good and Bad

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51 Wattle Valley Road CANTERBURY
51 Wattle Valley Road CANTERBURY

27 Stanton Road HABERFIELD, asking $3.3 m
27 Stanton Road HABERFIELD, asking $3.3 m

A tale of two Bungalows: Good and Bad Federation Renovation
Both are worth over $3 million, but the renovations are very very different:

1. 51 Wattle Valley Road CANTERBURY

Renovated Edwardian-style Canterbury home most expensive sale of week: RP Data
By Nicola Trotman Tuesday, 10 September 2013
  • The home was scheduled to go under the hammer on September 21 with a quoted priced of $3.25 million to $3.5 million.
  • 51 Wattle Valley Road, Canterbury, VIC, 3126, five-bedroom house, sold prior to auction on September 2 by Bekdon Richards Hawthorn for $3.4 million
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Period character well maintained:Prestigious Family Home 51 Wattle Valley Road CANTERBURY Auction - 1:30 pm 21 Sept 2013
Original leadlight, beautiful period arch, ceilings, floor and picture rails all maintained
Original leadlight, beautiful period arch, ceilings, floor and picture rails all maintained

Original fireplace and ceiling complement the bay window kept as a window seat
Original fireplace and ceiling complement the bay window kept as a window seat

The bay window is kept and keeps the room light
The bay window is kept and keeps the room light

The rear extension honours the period look
The rear extension honours the period look

"A five-bedroom Edwardian style family home in Canterbury is reportedly this week's most expensive sale, selling prior to auction for $3.4 million, according to RP Data.

  • Located at 51 Wattle Valley Road, the circa-1900 property has been recently renovated but retains period features including high ceilings and a leadlight.
  • The home was scheduled to go under the hammer on September 21 with a quoted priced of $3.25 million to $3.5 million.
  • After spending on a week on the market, the home was snapped up."

“It’s a fabulously presented home in a fabulous location,” says listing agent Stan Katz of Bekdon Richards Hawthorn.
  • Situated on 1,075 square metres, the property’s kitchen features a caesarstone benchtop and stainless steel miele appliances and overlooks the timber deck and inground pool.
  • The home was previously listed in September 2005 for $1.55 million through Cantwells Property Group.
  • The median house price in Canterbury is $1.7 million, a 5.1% change in the past five years, according to RP Data."

The Listing: 51 Wattle Valley Road CANTERBURY
Auction - 1:30 pm 21 Sept 2013

An "Exquisite Edwardian/Federation family home circa 1900 lovingly renovated with great attention to detail. Situated on over 1000sqm this five bedroom residence provides stylish, contemporary comfort amid stunning landscaped gardens within a highly sought-after Canterbury location.
  • "Offering beautiful period features including leadlight, well-proportioned rooms and high ceilings that provide an abundance of natural light,
  • "Downstairs comprises formal lounge and dining rooms, large north facing family room, three generously sized bedrooms, family bathroom with freestanding claw bath as well as laundry with additional toilet and shower facilities.
  • The delightful modern open plan kitchen and meals area at the rear of the house is complete with caesarstone benchtop, stainless steel Miele appliances and a view over the timber verandah to the inground pool and spa.
  • "Upstairs the master bedroom features WIR and ensuite, additional bedroom and study.
  • "Additional features: underfloor ducted heating, air-conditioning, security system, gas cooking and hot water, three water tanks, each 2000L, large attic storage space, wine storage area, automated gates and lock up double garage with workshop and additional off street parking."

What about the kitchen and bathroom?
Kitchen style is in keeping with the period, retaining the polished floor boards, tiled splashback and windows don't feel out of place; glass doored cupboards are a period touch, well done!
Kitchen style is in keeping with the period, retaining the polished floor boards, tiled splashback and windows don't feel out of place; glass doored cupboards are a period touch, well done!

The bathroom window is kept, and the look is functional
The bathroom window is kept, and the look is functional


2. 27 Stanton Road HABERFIELD

A very handsome Federation Bungalow in a most prestigious location
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"Federation grandeur, set on approximately 1100 sqm of land with sweeping 24m frontage,
  • "it heralds the luxury and opulence of the era with its exemplary decorative elements."
  • "'Baroque' styling, grand proportions and the classic flair of its wrap around verandas and impressive entry with fine leadlight and reception room with soaring ceiling."
  • "There are 3 original fireplaces soaring decorative ceilings, corbel arches, deep skirtings and deep bay windows."

However if you look closely at the leadlight windows, you will see they are now non-Federation style, rather more italianate:
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It fact the whole interior is described as 'baroque': "The luxury & opulence of Baroque styling."
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So this interior will not appeal to lovers of Australian Federation heritage, but will hold charm for lovers of Florentine decoration

The listing: 27 Stanton Road HABERFIELD, Offers over $3.3 million

What about the kitchen and bathroom?
An Oregon wooden kitchen is mostly unsympathetic, extension is not heritage-style neither complete with glass wall water feature.
An Oregon wooden kitchen is mostly unsympathetic, extension is not heritage-style neither complete with glass wall water feature.

Maybe this dressing room leads to a bathroom?
Maybe this dressing room leads to a bathroom?

"Elegant formal lounge, separate dining and interconnecting sitting room open out to side pergola with fountain/water feature. The 3 additional family, games and sunroom provide casual living areas for the largest of families to enjoy. A well-appointed Oregan timber and granite kitchen with adjoining meals area complete with glass wall water feature. Private alfresco entertaining spaces including undercover patios, BBQ area with sink, expansive lawn area and hedges gardens, an abundance of internal and external storage, a wide driveway for several cars, 2 car garage and double carport. Passionately restored with no expense spared, creating a beautiful private family estate."