Jaw-dropping renovation transforms rundown Rosewater villa into modern character home

Bright purple walls, patchwork flooring and a bottle green exterior characterised this Rosewater house just two years ago – it’s hard to believe looking at it now.

An extensive renovation has completely transformed the rundown villa at 828 Torrens Road into a contemporary five-bedroom character home.

While its old-world charm has been retained, modern design trends have breathed new life into the 1910-built villa.

Ray White Port Adelaide principal Nick Psarros, who is marketing the property with Nathaniel Kennerdale, sold it to the current owners in February 2019 and was shocked at how much it had changed since then.

“I walked in there and I couldn’t recognise it,” he said.

“It was absolutely putrid when I walked in the first time, it had been let go.”

He said it was tired and dilapidated inside while the backyard was full of rubbish, but that didn’t deter the buyers.


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“They started renovating on day one,” he said.

“They stripped the walls bare and did a massive extension – they’ve gone to another level.”

A lounge room and all five bedrooms are in the front half of the home, while a bathroom and open kitchen, dining and living area are at the back.

A deck offers a perfect spot to entertain in the backyard and has easy access to an outdoor kitchen.

The 507sqm block also has a carport, rainwater tank and manicured gardens, which include fruit trees and a vegetable patch.

Mr Psarros said the owners planned to live in the home for years to come but have discovered it’s too small for their family.

“They did it for themselves to live in but they’ve actually outgrown the home,”

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Modern home offers unique design, space

Sarah Colburn, Special to the Times
Published 8:58 a.m. CT Oct. 1, 2020



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This modern-styled farmhouse welcomes family and friends with its architecturally arched entry and adjacent screened porch.

This home melds the eras in a blend of mill-work accents and rich wood detailing. Just inside the foyer, the great room touts wood-beamed ceilings and floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows overlooking the natural 2.25-acre landscape.

Wood floors and details like board and batten and shiplap create a warm and clean design in the space. A wooden mantle sits atop the shiplap fireplace and creates an ambiance and airiness in the room.

The gourmet kitchen is complete with open glass shelving, high-end appliances and a large center island that allows for plenty of seating. A picture window completes the space and a large range and hood make the perfect complement to the decorative backsplashes. A generous walk-in pantry with custom shelving creates the perfect place for not only pantry foods but small appliances and entertaining ware.

The master bedroom offers a ship lap cedar ceiling, a barn door and glorious views of the landscape. The en suite is complete with a large soaking tub, double vanities and a walk-in shower. The tile work combined with the cedar shiplap wall detail make a statement in this luxurious space. The nearby master bedroom closet is spacious with built-in shelving and plenty of storage.

This home touts a main floor office as well as a

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A modern family-home renovation that puts play first

The Toronto home of Greg Hall and Meghan Walker.

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Eight years ago, Greg Hall and Meghan Walker, two entrepreneurs, bought their Toronto home because it had four separate apartments. Their plan was to live on the ground level, with Mr. Hall’s mom, who was in the process of downsizing, upstairs in a separate suite. Two basement units were to be rented out to offset the cost of the house.

At the time, the couple had a young daughter, and their 1,750-square-foot Summerhill flat felt comfortable. Things started getting tighter after their second daughter was born, more so with the birth of their third little girl. Two years ago, to alleviate their cramped quarters, Mr. Hall and Ms. Walker decided to take back their basement, doubling their living space. (Expanding to the second level was never an option – who would ever dare to evict their own mother?)

The renovation involved reclaiming the basement rental suites and making them part of the primary residence.

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Though the ensuing renovation meant forgoing rental income, it doesn’t always make financial sense to move into a bigger pile. In addition to legal fees, real estate commissions and land-transfer taxes, the cost of single-family homes has risen from $600,000 in 2012, when the couple bought their duplex, to about $1.1-million in 2020, according to

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Plus, Mr. Hall and Ms. Walker had a very specific vision for their renovation – something they couldn’t just buy. “We wanted a home that embodied our values,” says Ms. Walker, a naturopath and podcast host. “Both of our backgrounds are in health. We wanted a healthy, environmentally friendly design. We also wanted something modern, yet something fun.”

“Play is an important part of life,” says Mr. Hall, a trained MD

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Modern Bogs

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The design and end of the toilet reflects the selection and persona of the particular person in the home. Most people have a tendency to leave out the design of their bogs, but now, more and more mild is being thrown into the importance of designing our bathrooms.

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Bathroom Vanity Ideas – Modern and Antique Designs

In your home, the bathroom is one of the places that are important to provide you with the things that you need from it, as well as a sufficient level of comfort when using it. In order to achieve this, your bathroom needs to have the right items in order for it to provide the daily functions that you need from it. However, aside from providing you with your needs, like bathing, bowel discharges, brushing your teeth, etc. It should also provide you with a level of comfort, as well as class. This can be achieved by installing bathroom vanities.

Bathroom vanities can certainly paint the right ambiance of your choice. Aside from aesthetic purposes, these vanities also have specific functions. Vanity cabinets can provide you with the right storage space for toiletries, towels, etc. Vanity sinks can allow you to have both the function of sink, while providing stylish addition to your bathroom's ambiance.

In getting the right set however, you can choose between getting an antique themed type or go for modern bathroom vanity sets. This will determine what kind of ambiance you want your bathroom to have.

Antique bathroom vanities
If you're the type of person who favors old-fashioned designs and styles, then going for antique themed bathroom vanities would be your best choice. They usually have a bulky appearance and are very ornate. Although they may be quite stylish, they are more appropriate in bathrooms that have large areas.

Make sure that you have a large bath area, when you're considering getting antique styled bathroom vanities. Putting them in small area may make them look clumsy and out-of-place. Most of this type take a lot of space and will surely congest your bathroom if the area is quite small.

Modern bathroom vanities
Most people nowadays go …

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