DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH | EP. 4

MOODBOARDS | COLOUR SCHEMES | FLOOR PLANS

Today we explore a colour scheme and floor plan for this gem! Being a new build, we have kept within the envelope of the site but been able to play with an upstairs. Take a squizz!

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 This mood board was created using Style Sourcebook.

This mood board was created using Style Sourcebook.

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Stay tuned for our proposed room reveal and final episode of South Yarra next week!

DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH | EP. 4

WHAT DO WE NEED TO HERE?

QUICK OVERVIEW

Job Type: Knock down & re-build | 200SQM site

Purchase Price: $1.2 mil approx.

Reno Budget: $1 mil

After going through this property, unfortunately it just isn't worth saving. 

The floors were slanted (completely on a lean!) and the cracks throughout the home in all the walls would be too hard to repair. In terms of a renovation, to retain this property would mean spending a BUCKET on re-stabilising the entire place from the ground up. In our opinion - not worth it.

A better idea would be to salvage the look & feel of how you imagine it to be - eg. cute white weatherboard, double storey extension on the back, large & light filled living/dining/kitchen plus courtyard with room to entertain.

So let's build a new home!

DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH | EP. 4

SOUTH YARRA PROPERTY

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 Photographs & Floor Plan via Jellis Craig Website. Please note: this property has now been SOLD.

Photographs & Floor Plan via Jellis Craig Website. Please note: this property has now been SOLD.

WOW... this place is on a total lean, is scary to walk through (if you suffer from vertigo - it's a definite NO GO ZONE for you) & as always, there's lots for us to discuss.

Let's see what we can come up with for next week..

DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH | EP. 3

MOODBOARDS | COLOUR SCHEMES | FLOOR PLANS

NEXT up is the part we love... actually getting to think about, dream about & visualise a new space. Our design brains go a little cray cray and we think about all of the aspects of what this house needs to provide - but also to ensure it looks great! Much harder than you think! Some of the mundane, but necessary parts of a house are not very exciting to dream up and think about...however this is what we've come up with (don't forget to scroll down to watch us in action!):

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 This mood board was created using  Style Sourcebook

This mood board was created using Style Sourcebook

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DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH | EP. 3

WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO HERE?

QUICK OVERVIEW

Job Type: This is a very old home in the heart of Richmond that hasn't been touched since the early 50s (we're guessing). It has a heritage overlay & needs a lot of love. The back extension & "storage" all need to be completely knocked down and restoration of original home & features is a MUST. Potential to get creative and put two townhouses on the block pending council approval. 

Purchase Price: $1.5mil - $1.65mil

Reno Budget: $750,000

As you saw from last week's post, this is a great diamond in the rough. It's really important to note first up that there is a heritage overlay (which we think is a good thing) so the original building and facade will have to be retained and restored. 

Secondly, after going through - the back extension...if we'd call it that, has to be completely demolished **hello sloping floors - and roof!!! so that's an incurred cost. Each time something has be torn down, but the original shared wall needs to be preserved its $$$ dollars out of your budget!!! 

Thirdly, this site is fantastic at 470sqm & has rear access. This allows for any building vehicles to come from the back and front. This is always helps during the building process to keep neighbours and council happy. 

FEATURES TO KEEP:

  • Original Fireplaces
  • Ceiling Rose's
  • Ceiling height
  • Front of house room layout (within reason)
  • Check timber flooring underneath carpet - potential to sand back and keep!

We love an original fireplace - and ceiling rose. They are a great feature that are expensive to do today, along with the great, tall ceilings. However, the gorgeous floral carpet can GO, including the wallpaper... (yuck)!!!! 

A modern back extension is a tried and tested approach to these older homes, and E & H Design LOVE it. The beautiful narrative between old & new can really make these homes go from good to amazing. It's all about the FEELS....

Don't forget to check back in next week as we go through the design process & show you our floor plan, mood boards & colour schemes.

DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH | EP. 3

RICHMOND PROPERTY

Our newest Diamond in the Rough is in Richmond & we've got LOTS to discuss with this one. Take a squizz... 

 

These are the real estate pics which illustrate everything we've discussed in our intro vid. The block of land is huge, with great potential and rear car access. What isn't great, is the state of the current house. As the property does have a heritage overlay, the existing "main" or "original" home will need to be rescued - which can be costly. However, there is an obvious line where new/old begin and their addition can definitely be ripped off and started over. 

Stay tuned for next week!

DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH | EP. 2

SAMPLE FLOOR PLAN

Looking at the original floor plan, we have made minor changes to the structure at the front of the house, however, have completely extended & altered the back half. See if you can see where we've kept the original home & where we've extended. 

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Basing our design on open, crisp white rooms with iron doors, we've maintained the ceiling heights but made the back of the house a great place to relax, spend time with family & friends and a place you love to come home to.

SAMPLE ROOM: FORMAL LOUNGE

We have decided to focus our 'sample room' on the living room for this month's Diamond In the Rough. It's already existing with no major changes. We think you'll love seeing the BEFORE & AFTER's. 

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BEFORE...

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AFTER...

Room Details:

We've chosen a gorgeous wallpaper, with the addition of new shutters on the windows. The Chair is antique from The Vault, Sydney - as is the mirror above the freshly painted and detailed fireplace. We think this brings a gorgeous element of the room back into today. Paired with a Crono Sofa by Antonio Citterio for Maxalto available at Space. 

The Coffee table is the Xilos Small Table by Antonio Citterio for Maxalto available at Space & the sconces either side of the mirror are Small Sconce in Alabaster by Michael Verheyden, available from Oliver Gustav.

The beautiful flooring is Royal Oak & the colourful, yet luxurious rug is The Vermont, from The Rug Establishment.

DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH | EP. 2

INSPIRATION | MOODBOARD | COLOUR SCHEME

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Think neutral tones throughout with pops of colour in the styling elements. This can be in art work, rugs, cushions & other small trinket pieces through the home.

Don't forget to check in for next week's Sample Floor Plan & Sample Room release!

DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH | EP. 2

WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO HERE?

This is a fantastic property in terms of 'bones' and potential! The California Bungalow exterior has brickwork that will make a great feature once renewed. Potential to render the exterior walls and even place shutters next to the bay window in the front will have this home back to its original glory. 

The landscaping is a BIG job!! Worth every penny though, as the backyard is large and there is room for an in ground pool & paving for an outdoor setting. Imagine all the summer barbecues - we can picture it now!!!

Inside, the ceiling roses & fireplaces are beautiful and an absolute MUST to save. Although, we're thinking to modernise this house, replacing the current pendant/chandelier's is also a MUST! The internal rooms are also going to go through a slight change from about mid-way to the back. The usual story of a modern extension will open up the back of the house and incorporate the indoor/outdoor feel that so many of us crave. (See our floor plan drawings for more info)

Original features of the house, including ceiling roses, classic fire places & stained glass windows are MUST to keep

Ultimately, this will end up being a 3 bedroom home with study. However, if budget and size is no object, it would be even better to create an upstairs as well. Possibly 2-3 bedrooms & bathroom upstairs with existing planned 2 bedrooms and study downstairs.  


JOB TYPE: Existing period home renovation; retain structural integrity & facade; completely renovate interior with addition of modern extension; complete landscape overhaul with inclusion of new pool.

PURCHASE PRICE: $2.5 mil - $2.75 mil

RENOVATION BUDGET: $500,000 - $1,000,000

 

Stay tuned as the next blog will include our colour scheme, inspiration pics & mood board.

 

DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH | EP. 2

MALVERN PROPERTY

This is an introduction to our latest property in our new blog series - 'A Diamond in the Rough'. Stay tuned as there are four parts to each property !

Enjoy. Love Em & Han xx

AUTUMN

Autumn is the season that sees the end to the glorious warm, skin soaking sunshine, and brings in the crisp chill in the air, that allows for open fires, mulled wine and multiple layers of clothing.

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The Day I Became Hanoi Hannah..

Vietnam

We recently found great flight deals to Vietnam and thought, why not? We needed a holiday and found 9 days to jet off. Although we left Spring Carnival in our midst, I know there will always be next year...!! 

A few minor visa dramas later (I won't name names, however it wasn't MY fault!!), a mid night 6 hour stopover in Ho Chi Minh, we arrived in Hanoi. Bless cheap flights!!!! 

Having been to Cambodia many many moons ago, I was undecided if I knew what to expect or not - and having planned most of the trip by Instagram tags - not joking - and a good friend of a friend that sent a god send list of Dos, Don'ts, we needed to fit A LOT into our measly 9 days. Each Pinterest post I saw talked about 3-4 weeks minimum - who has that time??? So, we took a gamble and chose Hanoi, Ha Long Bay & a quick stop in Phu Quoc.

We arrived in Hanoi & immediately both Chris and I loved it. We splurged on a nice hotel - it was our anniversary on the second day so it seemed fitting to spend a little extra. We definitely recommend this hotel: The Chi Boutique Hotel. Placed in the middle of old Hanoi, the architecture, bustling streets and of course beautiful lake are amazing. Initially we  set out to walk around, follow the map and see what was around. Losing yourselves in a place like Vietnam is so much fun...there's always something happening around each and every corner. Plus you fear for your life each time you need to cross the street. 

Tip 1: When crossing the road, DO NOT STOP. Just keep on walking and you just seem to get to other side with your body still in tact. Incredible.

I won't bore you with each and every single detail of what we did, ate and drank - however here's a short list of MUST do's when in Hanoi.

  • Stay in the old part of Hanoi - there's a million different places, but here are the two we stayed at:
    • The Chi Boutique Hotel ($$$)
    • Noble Boutique Hotel ($$)
  • Walk around the lake on a Sunday (they close off the streets and there's people everywhere enjoying the weekend)
  • Get up at 5/5.30am and walk around the old part & also the lake. There's a local market that pops up between the early hours, but the police move them all along by 7am. It's a great thing to see.
  • Have an iced coffee at Coconut Coffee (it's life changing)

Then we were packed up to go to Ha Long Bay. INCREDIBLE is the word that comes to mind. We stayed on board for 2 nights - we would recommend 2 nights to anyone as 1 night is super rushed and I don't think you can relax and truly appreciate where you are. *Sidenote: I believe they are going to stop the boats from taking people overnight on Ha Long Bay. I'm not sure when the change is occurring but try and go sooner rather than later if you can! We paid in advance, then a lady came to the hotel and took our final payment before our bus even arrived....trust me, we thought we were being duped but then the bus arrived! Make sure you book through a legitimate website and/or company. 

I'll let the photos speak for themselves now....

We made our way back to Hanoi for a night before catching the flight to Phu Quoc. Which may as well really be a part of Cambodia (look it up on a map). It's this tourist island in the very southern part of Vietnam. Trust us when we say, it will be interesting to watch how it changes and develops over the next few years. Already there has been mass development and hotels are popping up everywhere, but don't be put off..it's still a beautiful place to relax and put your feet up. 

We stayed at Richi's Beach Resort. It was great - good pool/beach and the head chef was an Australian who explained a lot about what was going on, what to do/not to do and was an all around friendly guy! 

It was a lovely place to relax, swim and take a bit of time out before we had to head home and embrace the pre-christmas craziness!

On our last day we rented a scooter and had an experience that was completely out of this world. We text a man (who had been recommended to us from a friend - mentioned above) and we set up to meet him in this little village all the way in the north of the island. Rocking up we had NO idea what to expect, however nothing to lose! This village had no running water or power!! Reality check please. Then the guy in the pink t-shirt said, this way please -- onto a rickety boat we hopped and he drove us to his house ON THE WATER.... it was on stilts in the middle of the ocean (insert OMG emoji here). He caught us fresh fish from the fish farm below the house for lunch, pulled up fresh oysters and we just chilled on his deck at his house for the day. WHAT?!?! Yes, it's true.. we did that and it was awesome!

Recommend renting a scooter and going to the north of the island if you can. If we had more time, I'd also splurge and stay at some of the other more $$$$ resorts.. you'd feel like you reached an isolated paradise. 

Ps. How amazing are all of the tiled floors?! Beautiful colours and patterns are all over Vietnam.

Our last day in Ho Chi Minh was very uneventful. It was sticky & hot & we were a bit over it to be honest. Ticking off all of the must-do's of the city, we were done pretty quickly and had to waste time until our flight at 10pm...yep a lot harder than you think and we were exhausted. If you've got 1 day somewhere I would get a hotel room - even if just for the day as it's nice to be able to shower, have a rest and base yourself! 

Han xx