BEHIND this 1930s bungalow’s classic cottage frontage lies a masterpiece of modern living.
While living and working in Melbourne, the owners developed an appreciation for houses that combined period charm with cutting-edge renovations and wanted to have a similar home when they returned to Perth.
They saw the potential to renovate and extend this home, on a 1012sq m block, but it was the 100-year old oak tree in the established gardens that sealed the deal.
Soon after buying the home in 2008 they converted the garage into a bedroom for one of their daughters.
The following year, planning to expand their family further, they decided it was time for a major renovation and engaged architect Matthew Klopper.
The result is a five-bedroom, three-bathroom, two-storey home with beautiful character features, including timber flooring and decorative ceilings, and plenty of living space.
The highlight is the magnificent informal family area that has floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to the alfresco area, solar-heated pool and gorgeous gardens – which still include the oak tree.
There is also a formal lounge room, play room for the kids and cubby house.
The first floor is just for the parents, with a spacious master bedroom, ensuite, and a room used as a study, library and meditation.
High ceilings, insulation and cross ventilation with windows and louvres help keep the home cool in summer, minimising the need to use the reverse-cycle airconditioning, while gas fire adds warmth in winter.
The home is in a quiet street, close to shops, restaurants, schools and the golf course.