This home is set amongst the sprawling avenues of Ashgrove, in the inner north-west of Brisbane. The streets are picture perfect, lined with trees and rows of beautifully maintained homes and lush lawns.There is a mixture of house styles around the avenues, including cute Art Deco stucco cottages, Bungalows, Queenslanders and traditional Ashgrovian homes.
I felt a real sense of nostalgia driving around here, as it was often the chosen route from my childhood home, to visit our three Great Aunt’s in their little stucco cottage, not far from this one.
The home of Michelle and her family is of the Ashgrovian style and was built around the 1930’s, when the area went through large growth. There are many original features from when it was first built, although lately, adopting the schematic design by Interior Designer Karen Petersen, the home has started getting a bit of a makeover with a new external paint job, seriously stylish new kitchen and a luxurious en suite bathroom.
With the family having lived in the house for 11 years, the old side verandah had done its time as a play area for Michelle’s three boys and was holding onto some much needed space. Here is a look at the house in it’s first stage of this transformation…
Ashgrove family home
The lounge, dining and kitchen area was an extension prior to Michelle’s family living here. It flows perfectly onto the outdoor deck and entertaining area, again, harnessing fresh air and adding light to the rear of the home.
The design of the kitchen is really clever, and like the Bowen Hills apartment featured earlier this year, it was created by Druce from Greener Kitchens. It exudes a sleek and simple vibe and is clearly a chefs dream. It feels luxurious, with wide work spaces and plenty of storage. Having seen two of his kitchens in the flesh and hearing great reviews from his clients, this guy is seriously worth consulting if you are in the market for a new kitchen.
The real bonus is around the corner; an open shelved area houses all the daily functional needs of the kitchen in one handy spot. The use of exposed and black form-ply and stainless steel are unique in this style of home, yet fit in perfectly, giving the home a modern edge.
It’s amazing to see how adaptable our beautiful Brisbane homes are to all types of styles and designs.
Leading off that is the study and laundry – a necessity with a house full of teenagers! This space was originally the sunroom and had been a playroom for the children in their younger years and has been adapted to suit the family growing.
Now, Im sure we’ve all seen our share of bad verandah and sunroom enclosures, with coloured glass or stripey aluminium shutters from the 80’s, but thankfully, that’s not the case in this home. Both the study and the en suite are bathed in natural light and catch the most beautiful, fresh breezes.
There is a very clever, but simple use of louvres in these spaces and some of the original windows from the back of the house were used in the en suite, keeping the exterior look coherent with the rest of the home.
Michelle says they were really attracted to the hallway when they first saw this home, and I can see why. It has some simple, traditional features without being too frilly or intrusive. Added to that, it is slightly wider than a standard hallway which makes the home feel so spacious. I imagine with three teenage boys, that would come in handy!
One of the more recent additions has been the ensuite bathroom for the main bedroom in the area that once was a sunroom. It is a great use of the space and the owners have also utilised the older windows from the rear of the home in this area, keeping the traditional look in the exterior. The breezes in this space are phenomenal!
Many thanks to Michelle for being so kind to let me into her home! Hopefully, I will be back again when the work is all done and dusted!