As you approach the home of Kathleen and Ray, you get the immediate sense that this has been a bespoke build. They have designed and created a wonderful oasis for themselves and their two children with a modern take on a cottage style classic, set in a North East Victorian country town.
The front of the home is very traditional. A wire fence complete with cottage landscape garden and a box hedge greets me as I make my way down to the period style front door complete with a wooden fly screen.
The home has a wide wrap around verandah on three sides. This makes it easy to walk around from front to back, which is what I do because in the country you rarely use the front door!
Kathleen and Ray built this home in 2014 and the whole process only took15 weeks.
“We designed the home ourselves, taking bits and pieces from concepts we loved in previous homes we have lived in. Then we got a draftsman to draw it up properly for us.” Kathleen | Owner
The home consists of four bedrooms and an open plan kitchen and dining area with two living areas.
“We didn’t want the television as part of our open plan design, so we have a separate formal lounge for that.” Kathleen | Owner
The couple purchased the vacant block soon after they made their move from Melbourne wanting a tree change and love living in the North East of Victoria. The home is north facing and the views from the dining area and deck are tranquil and peaceful. Many of the existing trees on the block were retained. A native backyard landscape was created with stone pathways, rocks and even a fairy garden for Kathleen and Ray’s daughter.
The north facing back yard is a picturesque spot to sit, with the "Man Shed" built from entirely salvaged and recycled materials.
The rooms are all generous in size and the children were allowed to choose personalised paint colours to decorate their own bedrooms. The built in shelving in each room gives the children a dedicated space for displaying their own special personal belongings and their built in robes are back to back so they have incorporated a cubby hole for the kids to travel from room to room.
“We thought it was a bit of fun, every child loves a secret hideaway!” Kathleen | Owner.
The bathroom is modern with a large free-standing bath and walk in shower. The couple opted to have a Euro laundry which is cleverly disguised behind sliding doors in the bathroom.
Kathleen’s favourite room in the home is the open plan kitchen and living room.
“I love this fireplace! We used stone from Glenrowan and the actual fireplace has dual frontages so can be enjoyed in this space and our formal lounge room. Ray salvaged the timber from Albury and our builder then made the mantle from it." Kathleen | Owner
Spacious, light, contemporary with a touch of nostalgia would be the words used to describe this wonderful family home.
The eleven foot ceilings were must haves for Kathleen and Ray who really wanted that open feel that only a high ceiling can give. Kathleen selected most of the interior colours herself, asking friends for advice along the way when she needed some guidance.
“I asked Simone a friend of mine who is an art curator and she gave me some great ideas about colours. I was also studying at the time so it was a busy period for me and I really didn’t have a lot of time to procrastinate which is a good thing as decisions just get made,” Kathleen reflected.
The bedrooms blend antique furnishings with classic period style making for a lovely atmosphere. Most of the furniture Kathleen and Ray had previously owned with the addition of the two chairs in the living room and the painting Kathleen acquired for her birthday.
A big thank you to Kathleen and Ray for welcoming Brenda and House of Home into your home.