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From Scratch Imagine turning a ruin back into a residence. This is exactly what Kevin and Mardi Verrion did at Greenock.
tradie friends, spent every night and weekend working on the house, which is heritage listed, meaning the overhaul had to adhere to certain guidelines.
It was a big undertaking. The renovation took six years, countless hours, and lots of hard work to complete.
“We had to retain the fireplace…and the two front rooms which were heritage listed, so we were able to demolish everything else and start with just two rooms and then build a separate dwelling next to it,” he said.
After searching for a suitable home, the family made a decision to purchase a condemned ruin and redevelop it. “It came on the market when we were looking and it was really cheap and we were brave and silly,” Kevin said. Today, you wouldn’t even know the home had ever fallen into disrepair. But it wasn’t an easy task. Kevin and his family, with the help of
“Most people shy away from heritage (advisors) but we found that if you’re prepared to work with them, we received nothing but help,” he said. Once the rest of the house was demolished, work began to rebuild the family home. “We did a lot of it ourselves,” Kevin said. “Like once the frame was up we did a lot of the external cladding ourselves, put in all the windows, put in all the doors, had friends help us do the gyprocking. We did all the outside work as well, the decking.
“If I’d known back then what it took I probably wouldn’t have done it but we were ten years younger and had a lot more energy.” The family certainly didn’t waste any materials during the building process either.
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“Everything we tore down, when we demolished all the back section, we used it to make the kitchen,” Kevin said.
The project began in the year 2000, when the family decided to move to the Barossa.
But the end result was well worth the effort – Even if Kevin wouldn’t do it again if he had his time over.
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“Don’t be afraid to ask, ring people. “Most people who have been in the industry for a long time are more than happy to give information.” And the Verrions’ hard work has not gone unrecognized. The family won a state heritage award for the restoration. Kevin has even added to his qualification through the project. “I was a window cleaner at the time whereas now because of all of this I’ve actually got my builder’s licence, so I do a bit of demolition and kitchen works now as well as window cleaning,” he said.
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Eco Friendly Unlike what Kermit has said in Even the yard was created to use as little water as possible, with an emphasis on the past, it is easy being green. It’s all about making smart choices and being prepared to spend time to find the best products, according to Nuriootpa’s Peter and Mignon Sich. They spent two years designing their perfect home, which boasts eco-friendly initiatives throughout the property. All elements of the ultra-modern house, including power, heating, cooling and water, have been installed with the environment in mind. The 400-square metre home features 40 solar panels, underground water tanks that hold 44,000 litres, energy efficient appliances and an array of clever characteristics.
native plants. But the most important element was decided before the foundations were even laid. “The most important thing is to direct your house in the right way so you can use the elements,” Mrs Sich said. Mrs Sich said by doing this, you can save money on heating and cooling. The home’s east-west outlook means the property makes the most of the morning sun. “We knew we got morning sun through the front, lots of light, and we also knew that the sun went directly overhead so you never got sun into the house during summer,” Mrs Sich. “The most important thing with summer is to not let any piece of glass get sun on it.
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MAZING HOMES and-a-half star energy rating would suffice. “When we bought every single thing in the house, whether it was a toilet or a tap, an oven or a refrigerator, the dishwasher and the washing machine, everything, we started at four-and-a-half star,” she said. “You just had to shop wisely. “Nearly every single thing in the house is a different brand.” And Mrs Sich said the price of choosing green products as opposed to others was not costly. But there are some things you shouldn’t cut corners on. “Don’t skimp on things like insulation as well…because that’s another thing to protect you from the elements,” Mrs Sich said. The Sich home is 18 months old.
“You need to have east/west breeze…and say the breeze was coming from the south, all of those windows open. And it’s got to have an ‘in’ and an ‘out’ so all (windows) open up.” The home features hard floors, with underfloor heating, allowing the Sichs to control the temperature in each room. All globes in the home are also energy efficient. “We put in a lot of sensor lights which only come on when you need light and go off as soon as you move out of that area…so you can leave lights on in the toilets or bathrooms,” he said. “There’s no switch in those areas so you can’t accidentally leave the lights on in those areas.” When it came to buying appliances for the home, only items with at least a four-
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Family Fortunes Behind Seppeltsfield winery partitioned into a dormitory to stands a house and contents, accommodate the children. Also, further rooms were added next to the sitting which exudes history. Built in 1851, it was the residence of the Seppelt family, Joseph his wife Charlotte and their three children Clementine, Benno and Hugo. The German family had arrived by ship from Silesia looking for a new life without persecution. While the family first settled in Klemzig, it was Joseph, a merchant, who was keen to move in to the country and soon settled on the western ranges of the Barossa Valley, later known as Seppeltsfield. The family settled in rooms at Goat Square, Tanunda, while their house was constructed. According to Bill (William) Seppelt, a fifth generation descendant, the home was constructed in three stages. The entrance, seen today, was the original kitchen with the fireplace now used as cupboard storage. The house also included a sitting room and bedrooms. When Benno took over the house in 1868 with his wife Charlotte, the house floor plan changed dramatically. This was to accommodate their growing family of 13 children - nine boys and four girls. The original kitchen became an entrance and a new, larger kitchen was added to the western end of the home. The large dining room, viewed now, was
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Bill explained the house and its additions to the property, such as a smoke house, a vegetable garden and winery structures, meant a self-sufficient village. Today, the house still contains original furniture, including an impressive dresser made from wooden packing boxes used to bring over the original Seppelt familyâ€™s possessions from Germany. Also, another large dresser, which converts into a writing desk, still holds books dating back to the early 1800s used by Joseph. To view the inside of the Seppelt house, visitors need to book on the Legends of Seppelt Tour. The tour costs $150-perperson and accommodates up to 12 people.
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Dream Home The owner of this Gawler home admits her pedantic ways enabled her to build the house of her dreams. “I wanted value for money, not to over capitalise and a house which would be saleable down the track," she said. Jan says this coupled with all the creature comforts and million dollar views will
now see her through her retirement years. Jan’s red brick with bluestone facade house is certainly not your typical standard-built home. Firstly, the design needed to cope with a sloping threequarter of an acre block, all weather conditions and a place to one day care for her stepfather. “I worked with builder David and his wife Tiffany Gameau and in that time
David and I only had one spat,” Jan said. The layout of the top storey includes a master bedroom with a wall length dressing room, a guest bedroom, an extra bedroom, which offers a place for Jan’s grandchildren to sleep and office space. The large bathroom, also designed by Jan, includes a bathroom vanity
cupboard that can also be accessed from her dressing room, a large towel rack fitted away from the wall and extra tap fixtures in case she later decides to bring her laundry appliances upstairs. The large entry way leads to a kitchen, living and meals areas. From here Jan has 180-degree views, which overlooks a large part of Gawler.
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Jan calls this view her ribbon of company. It’s in the kitchen pantry that Jan likes to reveal her unique design - a dumb waiter. This feature allows her to off load groceries from the car to the dumb waiter, which then electronically moves up to the second level and accessed through the pantry. “It means I don’t have to haul the bags of shopping up the stairs,” she said.
Downstairs is a self-contained living quarters, a large laundry/utility room and space for two vehicles. However, the best part of Jan’s design is the thermal and energy efficient plans she has laid to cope with all weather conditions. The home includes a returned verandah, which Jan later sectioned part of the northern corner off with windows to create a sunroom. It’s here she spends
the cost of living and help to reduce the carbon footprint. In addition, the keen gardener has in no time transformed the barren block into a green paradise using water-wise plants. The front yard reflects a cottage style garden and the side and back areas boast all native plants, including a variety of succulents. “I do have a tank which I collect some grey water and I also have 57,000 litres of rainwater used in my house,” she added.
almost every morning with a cup of coffee and the newspapers. Other energy efficient features include glass brick windows situated on the northern side of the house, which during winter the sunlight captures heat to provide warmth to the house. In summer, with the sun set higher, the verandah shades these windows. Jan is also among the many people who have installed solar roof panels to reduce
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Budget Makeover Transforming a house into a home can be a simple as doing it yourself, recycling materials and choosing the right materials.
However, Greg explained it was a mix of DIY and support from professional tradesmen which helped to keep costs low, while still delivering quality results.
Nuriootpa couple, Greg and Kathie Haar have done just that to their 1950s soldier settlement house. The latest in their series of low cost renovations, included transforming their kitchen and hallway for under $6000.
The couple’s workload included removing the existing flooring, three layers, doing all the necessary painting and recycling some old timber. This helped them to save hundreds of dollars. “We were also aware of the need to creatively modify and reuse fittings rather than just replace everything,” Greg added. And instead of looking for a perfect finish, the Haars were happy to retain a homely lived in feel.
The Haar’s project included new flooring, installing a skylight and a new door, and removing a linen press, an old doorway and several overhead kitchen cupboards.
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For example, only the unsightly walls were replastered, others were simply patched up. The job also helped when their tradesman was in tune with their ideas and was happy to take on a waste not want not approach. Next it was the choice of installing floating floorboards and neutral wall paint helped to unify the two areas and create the impression of more space. The couple also added a large mirror in place of the former linen cupboard to help provide a look of more space in the hallway. The Japanese inspired home is further complemented with antique kimonos and an oriental front garden, which has given the Haars’ house both a theme and talking point.
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Heavenly Home A lucky find formed the basis of a major renovation that has seen a historical church transformed into luxury accommodation. The Kirche, based at Charles Melton Wines on Krondorf road near Tanunda, was the home of Charles and Virginia Melton for about 18 years. When they moved, they rented out the property before deciding to give the place a makeover and turn it into a bed and breakfast. The project started last year, with a red and gold Balinese painting becoming the focus of the building. “We saw it when we were on holidays and it was a big painting and that’s really been where the décor has come from, especially upstairs, red is the feature colour and it was that painting,” Virginia said.
“That’s actually Balinese priests so it’s a Balinese painting but a relatively well known Balinese painter…and we thought that was very appropriate. “It’s worked really well. It helps tie everything in.” But before the decorating could begin, the Kirche, which is German for “church,” needed to be renovated. And it was certainly not done halfhearted. The building was stripped bare, with the staircase and about three metres of plumbing the only remaining original pieces left. The lounge/dining area, kitchen, laundry, two bedrooms and bathroom areas were upgraded, all whilst maintaining the integrity of the historical building.
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The project took five months to complete – twice as long as the Melton’s anticipated. But the results were worth it. “Everyone that stays here just really loves it because it’s got a really calming influence,” Virginia said. No expense was spared when it came to decorating the church. And Virginia recommends people follow suit. “Margaret Lehmann, when she came for
the opening, said the only time she’s regretted spending money is…when she’s compromised,” she said. “And I think that’s a really good (theory)…sometimes you do have to compromise, but sometimes compromises don’t work, because it’s not exactly what you want. “I think, if you can, you’re much better off going the whole hog I suppose.” Virginia also recommends keeping maintenance in mind.
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Unique Village More like a little village than a regular property, Anlaby Station is one of Australia’s grand homesteads.
Located just outside of Kapunda, the property was settled in 1839 by Frederick H Dutton. Anlaby, which was named after a village in Yorkshire, England, is the oldest merino sheep station in Australia. There are currently 350 sheep on site. Owner Peter Hayward said the centerpiece of the property, the main homestead, was built in 1861 and includes about 25 rooms. “The plans say that it was built as a home for William Buchanan, who was the
manager, and he was the fellow who actually bought the sheep across,” he said. “Frederick Dutton never really lived here - He lived in England and Adelaide but was an absentee farmer. “In 1890, he died and the property was inherited by his nephew Henry, and Henry wanted to live here so he was the one who started enlarging the house and making it grander.” The homestead originally comprised of three different buildings and it was Henry who connected the buildings to create the home as it is today. “Each successive generation has done something to the house so it’s just grown over the years,” Mr Hayward said.
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The station features numerous buildings, including about seven houses, a woolshed and a folly. But it is the great outdoors that Mr Hayward holds dear. “The best part about living here is that there’s plenty of space just to wander about,” he said. “It’s a great place to have friends. “A lot of these big old houses can be gloomy and dark, well this is not a dark house, it’s not a gloomy house and it likes having people around and it’s a great place to live.” Mr Hayward said the station is perfect for entertaining. “There are lots of pictures of garden parties and the old fashioned brass band and all that sort of stuff out here,” he said. And even the Prince of Wales has stopped by for a visit. “I think that was probably in the early 1900s because if you go to a lot of the grand old estates in South Australia most of them had a story from when the Prince of Wales came to visit,” Mr Hayward said. “They used to go out of their way to try to impress him I think and impress each other by how much money they could spend on having the prince accommodated properly I guess.” Today, Anlaby is home to four families. The manor house has been converted into a bed and breakfast and the property can also be hired for weddings and functions.
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Renovator’s Delight Renovations to a quaint Penrice cottage became a labour of love for Nigel Thiele and his dad Tony. What started out as minor living changes, soon turned into eight years of major renovations inside and out. “The cottage was certainly a renovator’s delight,” Nigel said. Nigel bought the cottage as an investment because he and his partner Ali wanted to get out of the renting game. While the couple has since sold the cottage to a former Sydney woman, Nigel still talks about his first renovation with contentment. The hard work started when the men met each Saturday back in the early 2000s. The first part of the renovations included moving a double carport from a back shed and attaching it to the cottage. This work involved the use of a four-wheel drive and plenty of manpower. Next came plans to demolish and fill in an old underground water tank, alongside the cottage. However, this idea was soon altered. The men discovered red bricks were plastered on the vertical to make the curved tank wall “We thought this space would make an ideal cellar,” Nigel said. Sticking with their idea, the men added to their workload to remove the tank’s waist height rock wall. They then
reinforced and concreted a ground level roof for their cellar. Next the men moved inside the cottage. “There was this tiny dining room of about two metres wide, you couldn't even move your chair back,” Tony said. Together they began to knock out the wall to open up the living area. This job became more arduous than expected because of the wall’s unique width. They discovered large Penrice lime rocks were used to fill the wall, the largest rock they pulled out measured almost two feet. From here, Nigel realised his plan of moving in with his parents for three months during internal renovations would increase. This timeline blew out to almost two years. Tony explained their easy going natures and passion for simple things like transforming old pieces of wood into conversation pieces, allowed them to get on with the job. Next the men made changes to the two front windows, and it was here Nigel and Tony made their greatest discovery. Nigel explained how he was removing plaster to bring the windows back to their original width when a small crumpled piece of newspaper came out of the lintel over the front door. “The newspaper was dated 1856, and I checked with the Mortlock Library in Adelaide which revealed the same newspaper,” Tony explained.
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This was Nigel’s first indication into what year the cottage was built. Nigel and Tony decided to leave their mark and placed a Herald newspaper from that year, 2004, and put it into the cavity along with the men's business cards and a note saying 'if you got this far you are mad'. Further upgrades included a new kitchen and bathroom and during this time the men set to work to even up the seven different floor levels. Also, seven different roof pitches were changed into one. “It was when the doors went on we could see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Nigel said.
Lastly, Nigel and his dad changed the house's verandah and transformed the garden. Looking back, Nigel, who now lives up the road, has no regrets of selling the property, just satisfaction on a job well done. Also, it wouldn't have been possible without the help of their spouses. And Tony adds, “Each Saturday lunchtime was like a picnic, because we enjoyed what we did”.
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Two Storey Townhouse Have you ever wondered what itâ€™s like to live in one of those beautiful homes shown in glossy magazines? Here we take a look inside a house youâ€™ve probably driven past, but have never seen inside. The home is located on Murray street, Tanunda.
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A lick of paint can freshen and liven up a room and can be done over a weekend.
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In this home, there is a focus on quality furnishings and fittings.
With both of these in place, it is time to think about furnishings.
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It is also a good idea to have a focal point. In this dwelling, it is the gas fire and mantle in the family room. It provides a cosy and pleasant atmosphere. By taking tips and tricks from home decorating magazines, you will pick up ideas you possibly would never have thought of. And you’ll be well on your way to creating your dream home – on any budget.
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The owners here made sure their home retained its warm and welcoming feel by including a range of accessories such as cushions, plants and throw rugs. An open-plan kitchen, dining and family area, such as this, makes for the perfect entertaining hub. If you enjoy having people over, this is the floor plan for you. It’s also important to keep practicality in mind when designing a home. Large cupboards and benchtops make for an attractive and workable kitchen.
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Breathtaking Views When buying a home, the main they wish to plant trees and place focus is more often than not the furniture and fencing. By keeping these things in mind, it will building itself. It makes sense, and is obviously very important. But another aspect to take into consideration is the setting of a home – As the expression goes, it’s all about location, location, location.
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Take this Tanunda home for example. When you walk out into the back yard, you are met with amazing scenery rolling hills and plentiful vines. It’s views like this that make a home all the more special. To ensure you can make the most of your property, it is important to take its surroundings into consideration. Depending on your lifestyle, and personal preference, living near particular services, scenery or even schools can impact on your life. If you enjoy a quiet lifestyle, living on a main road or thoroughfare or near a school, sporting or shopping precinct might not be ideal. If you prefer a bit of hustle and bustle, a home that gets among the action could be best. Or if you appreciate your views, make sure you don’t obstruct them. This means, green thumbs should be careful when they are planning where
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