Renovation Retro

The West Australian

1 January 2004

An extensive rebuild has given this solid ‘70s house a new lease of life

This house has undergone extensive renovations to become a modern home filled with bright fittings complementary to the home’s original 1970s style.

Owner Barry Baltinas designed the renovations and extensions, which took six months of hard work to complete.

“We totally gutted the home back to a shell, which was just so hard because the brick was so solid and it was such a secure structure,” he said.

Mr Baltinas’ favourite part of the home is the entrance and living area.

“I like the living area because it is open plan and I like the entry,” he said.

Grey stone tiles extend throughout the entrance and living area, which comprises a kitchen facing a lounge and meals zone. 

The kitchen is fitted with Caesar stone benchtops, white lacquered cupboards, stainless steel appliances and a Caesar stone splashback wall.

All benchtops in the home are of Caesar stone and all cupboards are lacquered.

A walk-through in the lounge section opens the living area to a study.

Original hardwood stairs near the living area lead to the second storey.

Ducted reverse-cycle airconditioning circulates throughout this level of the home, which comprises three bedrooms and two bathrooms. 

American oak floors extend throughout the bedrooms, which are fitted with television access points.

The master bedroom has his and hers walk-in-robes, an ensuite and a glass sliding door to a balcony.

Stone tiles extend throughout the ensuite, which has a shower with a frameless door and a spa.

The main bathroom has a shower with a semi-frameless door.

There are heated lights in both bathrooms.

The main courtyard can be accessed through a glass sliding door in the lounge section and also from the study.  This outdoor area is predominantly paved with a garden box at one side.

A second courtyard on the opposite side of the home has access to a three-car garage.

The garage was originally the back yard, but Mr Baltinas thought it could be put to better use as a garage as it did not face a living room and was facing south-east.

Reticulation off the mains services the low-maintenance garden.

An intercom security system services the house.

To view 33A First Avenue, Mt Lawley, call Catherine Allen, of WA Prestige Properties, on 0412 927 150.

It is priced from $680,000 to $720,000.

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