Blood, sweat, tears and a seven-year makeover helped revive the “magical” property of an esteemed artist.
The owners of a century-old artist’s studio in Harkaway have put “blood, sweat and tears” into a seven-year renovation of the property.
It was a second chance when Christine Weaver and Matt Morris bought the house built in 1924 in 2014 with the “vision to renovate it”.
“We fell in love with the property a few years ago so when it came back to the market we jumped at the chance,” Ms. Weaver said.
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She said her family have now listed the residence at 7-13 Baker Rd with a price guide of $ 2 million to $ 2.2 million in pursuit of a radical change.
The heritage residence was built for prominent local artist Jessie Traill on a 6,100 m² bush block.
It has retained many of its original features, including centuries-old Baltic parquet floors and a fireplace with a keystone that the artist herself sculpted.
“We did a lot of research on the artist. We wanted to keep (the renovation) true to that story, ”Ms. Weaver said.
“It took about three years of design and planning for it to finally get approved and ready to start construction. (But) we hope it will last the next 100 (years) now. ”
In addition to restoring the existing home, which includes an open concept living space and kitchen, the couple created a modern extension.
The new wing has a second living room, 5 m high under the ceiling and three bedrooms.
Other updates include the use of decades-old ‘reclaimed wood’ from the Warrnambool Wharf for seating near the central outdoor foyer.
“My favorite feature was the studio. It is absolutely magical and shines because of the morning sunlight coming through the large windows, ”she said.
Jo Paynter of Peake Real Estate said the north aspect of the house and frequent bird visits made it “almost look like an aviary”.
“The attention to detail from the suppliers has been incredible,” Ms. Paynter said.
“They just thought of everything.”
The property is on private sale with offers ending October 18th.
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