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An extensive reno gave this villa all the modern comforts it needed

Article by Homes to Love

This villa underwent an initial cosmetic facelift followed by a comprehensive renovation and the results are stunning

When Melinda and Simon Morley bought their circa 1905 Federation (an architecture style popular in Australia from 1890-1915) villa it was essentially in original condition: vintage appliances, tired vinyl flooring, seriously patchy paintwork and open fireplaces the only mode of heating. The home was given a largely cosmetic facelift to make it more comfortable for the family of six.

In 2007, Simon and Melinda decided the time was right to undertake a more comprehensive renovation. With the help Drew Cole Architects and builders Morcon Developments, a rear extension containing a new kitchen, family room, bathroom and verandah was added to give the family more living space.

The Morleys say they are thrilled with the result. “We love the style and character of Federation homes but the renovation has given us all the modern comforts we need,” says Melinda. “It’s the best of both worlds.”

Story by: Julia Green. Styling by: Julia Green & Emma O’Meara. Photography by: Armelle Habib for Australian House & Garden.

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