Transformational Renovation and Extension in Elwood


Lifestyle By Design is bringing a 1920’s home into 2017 with new sense of style. 

Okay, this one’s a bit more ramshackle and rundown than most of our renovation and extension projects – but that’s all about to change.  To begin with, from the street, you could see beyond the old picket fence, and there’s a grassy knoll that leads to a stucco brick faced home desperately in need of improvement.  Positionally, this home is central to everything which makes this massive extension project completely worthwhile.  It’s smack bang in a lifestyle location, with a bus stop right outside the door.  Sandringham and St. Kilda are a short ride away, there are Cafes, Restaurants and Boutiques within 100 metres, and then there’s the Elsternwick Golf Course, Beach and Park that are ever-so close.

The owners wanted to keep the double-fronted façade and tile roof effect, so we’re patching and painting the original stucco, retaining the front roof tile and structure of the front two rooms, and one boundary wall, to hold onto an element of the home’s original history, but what will eventually transpire, beyond the front door, will be a whole different two storey story, for a young family who aim to live and breathe the seaside air for many years to come.  Their new home will basically buffer against three boundary lines, and include a two-car garage with an entry from the side laneway.  Fortunately, the actual site is relatively flat, which reduces some of the complexity of the build.  Virtually the entire original house (aside from the front façade) has already been gutted to make way for a distinctive new ground level – featuring a Master Bedroom and Ensuite, large open kitchen with butler’s pantry, and a living area that sprawls out onto a new outdoor deck and alfresco for entertaining.  Upstairs, there will be three new bedrooms and a bathroom at the rear.

But this is no ordinary transformation!

Recently, we completed a project in Camberwell, also partnering with the talented designers of DE Arch Architects, and this home will feature some of the same wonderful attributes.  The back-end of the home will have a contemporary exterior, with full height commercial windows, smooth sliding glass doors, high ceilings to three and a half metres, durable Scyon Axon™ cladding (to the first floor), and all of this will be supported by a large, counter-levered eave to give the whole backyard a glorious and modern feel, in a street that retains the old-world charm of Elwood central.

The owners will have four bedrooms, a study, 2Pak cabinetry, privacy screening for the first floor, all asbestos traces are being removed, there’ll be new insulation for better energy efficiency, 4kw solar panels, a 2000 litre water tank (to support the toilet system), and so much more.  We can’t wait to show you the end result!

One of our strengths, at Lifestyle By Design, is our dedication to helping all of our clients achieve a budget outcome that they are comfortable with.  With this in mind, and because we always build homes with your achievable goals in mind, we were able to negotiate through sixty-three changes to the original design concept, to keep the changes affordable.  There’s no point building a dream home if it becomes a cost nightmare.  So your needs are always uppermost in our planning, before we begin anything!  And we’ll talk you through any concerns and offer alternatives that can either be added to later, or refined in design from the outset – because it’s all about you and what you want to improve your lifestyle.

Situated in one of Melbourne’s most premium lifestyle locations, this renovation and extension will be something to behold.  It won’t be long and we’ll be able to show you just how exceptional this transformation will be.


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