According to our brilliant and talented Architects (and office Neighbours) Mani the site measure was the most curious and intriguing they have ever done. The two ladies braced themselves amongst the debris of our resident squatters to measure the existing house, so now we have a beautiful existing floor plan to start with. An intriguing part of the journey was that the house wasn’t actually open for inspection during the pre-Auction sales campaign so we had to work on the basis it was likely to be a complete structural re-build.
Our trusty friends at Next Address furnished the valuation report so we had a good grasp of what we were getting ourselves into from a value/budget perspective.
This step – the Site Survey and Existing Floor plan - helps us understand and document the homes past and prepare for the concept planning stage. During a visit to Barry street we were intrigued and delighted by how much the kids (Charlotte, Logan and Parker) enjoyed the novelty of the hills hoist! Who knew old was once against new....
At this point in time we are spending a lot of time thinking about how we spend our time in our home. We have had the tape measure out examining our existing furniture and using masking tape to mark up the dimensions on the floor to get a sense of the space. One example is in our dining room where we have decided to create a slighter larger area. Why you may ask? Many of our family and friends are quite tall so with ten people around the dining table it can be pretty cozy. With this is mind we decided against built in chairs and a more traditional (luxurious) space to host our family dinners.
Whilst preparing meals we are thinking about what’s important in the kitchen as we both love to cook – two separate ovens or one large one is currently the hot topic of debate. Vicky did a survey amongst her friends using Facebook and asked for people to contribute ideas about the things they love in their home. It was a pretty cool breeding ground for great practical ideas and things we hadn’t thought of given we had over 60 responses!
Some of the Ideas we have incorporated into the Architectural brief from our survey include:
We also celebrated the final financial settlement of the property which could not have been made possible without the tireless work and sheer determination of Rod Stelling and the team at Tradies Finance. Post the Banking Royal Commission it is pretty tough in general to get finance and being self-employed, purchasing an uninhabitable property, having 6 x company directorships….. yeah wow, we had the trifecta of challenges. Rod made it happen despite all the odds against us and previous owners, the O'Brien family, being exceptionally kind and gracious as we worked through this.
The next step for us is to do a 3D walkthrough of the Architectural Designs which will help us understand the flow of the space and gives us the opportunity to adjust the design as we need. Then it is skates on to get it into our friends at Moreland Council, to wait in the queue to for Town Planning Gods to open our file… and then we eventually we’ll get some feedback and get a sense of what we need to do next.
For Town Planning the big ticket items for our decision making centre largely around:
For us this means a good opportunity to snap up bargain windows and doors that we can then reverse engineer into our plans (given they are yet to be set in stone). Vicky has become a Facebook Market Place super stalker and has snagged a stunning entry door set in stained glass – perfectly on period according to Ben for $400! The catch of course is that we needed to use some of our chippies to take it out of it’s current residence in a Glen Iris home about to be demolished. We met the gorgeous Diana and Tony at their Pre-Demo sale and they unearthed 4 Vintage Glass doors (most likely Art Deco era) which also came home to our storage shed. Importantly for us this the time is NOW, before we get our Planning Permit, to shop around for doors and windows (perhaps incorrect orders, demo sales or just super cheap online sales). Once we have our permit in hand however the position of doors walls and windows is fixed by Council and its expensive and time consuming to make changes.
Our quest to restore the beautiful O'Brien House continues.....
Over the last few weeks as dust has settled and we've come to the realisation that this is actually happening (yikes!) we've started to gather inspiration and ideas for Barry House. Something we've been talking about is adding a second storey to reduce the footprint of the house which will leave as much private outdoor space as possible. We've been using Pinterest which is a great tool for collecting inspo for home projects. You can check out our Pinterest here. We've also done some research into the surrounding area and the history of the home. Barry House has a rich history and many family memories were made there. It's one of the things that drew us to the property. I just had such a wonderful vibe despite it's decrepit state.
We visited Barry House a few weeks ago and collected the treasures inside that were still in tact. We found a gorgeous glassware cabinet which we thought had yellow glass but upon cleaning discovered it is actually clear! We also discovered the missing piece of iron fretwork for the verandah which means we can put all the original fretwork all back together. Another discovery we made was a pile of Hoffman bricks in the backyard from Hoffman Patent Brick & Tile Company (more commonly known as Hoffman's), a brick company across the road that operated for more than 100 years. All of these findings just makes the property even more special to us.
The timeline of the project has been a hot debate in the office. Vicky, our eternal optimist and master of getting sh*t done thinks we can smash the project out and have it ready for Christmas 2020. Ben, our realist and master of setting attainable, achievable goals thinks it's going to take a while longer. We are lucky to have the expertise and knowledge of a Master Builder. One of the best ways to save time on a project is to have someone who can offer advice to help you move your project forward as efficiently as possible. time will tell! We are lucky to have the expertise and knowledge of a Master Builder right from the beginning. One of the best ways to save time on a project is to have someone who can offer advice to help you move your project forward as efficiently as possible.
The Building Evolution team have recently taken on a mammoth of a project!
39 Barry Street in Brunswick, a once loved family home passed down through generations is going to be given a makeover to bring it back to life. The team fell in love with the humble home, sitting on a corner block with a big back yard and charming Edwardian details. We saw all of it's potential and knew we could turn it into something really special again. We met the previous owners who hold the home very close to their hearts. It was home to 17 children at one stage! The home's rich history and importance in the local community makes it an even more compelling project for us.
"It was love at first sight - something about it just felt right, we knew we had to take it on"
The plan is to keep as much as we can of the home and restore it. There will be an extension at the rear of the property, and the floor plan will be reconfigured to allow for an open plan living space. Barry Street will become home for Ben and Vicky (the Directors of Building Evolution) and their four children.
We will be blogging the entire process as we restore, extend and completely transform the home to it's former glory. We look forward to sharing our journey with you!