RESTORATION work to the front veranda of Murray’s heritage listed Edenvale Homestead has started.
Murray chief executive Dean Unsworth said in an attempt to restore the veranda to its former glory, the structure would be dismantled and reconstructed.
He said the wooden elements including the floor of the eastern elevation would be completely replaced, the soil underneath partly excavated, steel stirrups installed to replace the existing wooden footings and the roof would be repaired.
A mix of new and repurposed materials is expected to be used.
To date, the veranda roof and supporting posts have been removed during stage one demolition works.
Stage two starts at the end of December when the veranda floor will be removed and ground works for the replacement veranda undertaken.
A temporary fence will be erected to restrict access to and around the site.
The New Year will see the installation of the new veranda.
Works are expected to be finished in March.
The project is supported by Lotterywest, Alcoa and the Shire of Murray.
Edenvale Tea Rooms are still operational throughout the restoration works, from 10am to 2pm Monday to Sunday.
The Tea Rooms are accessible through the back courtyard.