Refreshing, refurbing, renovating. This, without exception, is the most common topic of inquiry we receive here at MA. Where to start? How to do it well and who can help in every aspect? So much so that coming soon we shall have an exciting new aspect to the site. But that announcement is for another time. Meanwhile clap your eyes on one masterful example of MCM sympathetic renewal. Owners and renovators – take this as your lead and inspiration into knowing what you have on your hands, what to retain, what to enhance and all within an everyday budget. The owners in this instance snapped up a c.1966, architect designed*, though woefully unloved beauty before we ourselves could list it a few years ago. It was suggested by the selling agent at the time (in their typically philistine nature) to “slap over a bit of render and she’ll get 40 more grand”. Our heroes of the tale replied that render is what was wrong with Australia – bam! And since that moment they have researched, peeled back, cleaned up, landscaped and highlighted so many gorgeous aspects of this home residence; timber feature walls! lighting! split levels! kitchen! that it now simply shimmers as a beacon of Mid-Century Modern living in the now. We raise our glasses, and our voices in kudos to this brilliant revival so well executed, one which not only saves a great home, but sends it forward with a bright and intact future. Bravo one and all!
*Architect: L H Reid for Ringwood Home and Planning Services.