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Adore Home: A Designer Family Home In Melbourne

Today’s striking Melbourne home is all about curbside appeal with a bold exterior to match a contemporary interior. It is the home of designer Nerida Stewart from NCS Interiors.

Curb Appeal

According to Nerida, the house lacked street appeal and needed modernising, but it had a lovely light-filled interior with a lot of potential.

After living in the home for four years, the family had a good sense of what they needed to improve, and they began their renovation, which took place over five years in two stages. Nerida took charge of the interior design and engaged Rod Hannah Design Group for the drafting.

The house took on a life of its own and the design team aimed to amplify its beauty – inside and out. The underlying principle was to improve the house’s curbside appeal, maximising the park views and creating a street presence, without being overbearing or ostentatious,

Maximising Inside and Out

It’s all about indoor- outdoor living in this beautifully renovated family home. Bold outdoor spaces are highlighted for family enjoyment. Outdoor patio dining, along with a pool and deck chairs makes this a fun entertaining space through the warmer months.

The couple decided to excavate and go under the house for the garage, which was a major job. It proved worthwhile in the long term though. They were therefore able to add a second living room above the garage. They then renovated the kitchen and family room.

Blending indoors and outdoors was an important factor for this area of the house. “The joinery detailing of the kitchen nook extends out to the barbecue area, while the large-format porcelain floor tiles run from the inside and continue outside and around the pool, creating a seamless transition,” Nerida explains.

“We also opened up the ceiling to a gable roofline, along with fully extendable glass bifold doors, which has completely transformed the feel of the space. It’s perfect for entertaining friends while the kids swim in the pool.”

Nerida says she loves their forever home for its overall feel. “The layout is unconventional,” she says. “The split levels overlooking glimpses of garden give the house a relaxed, inviting atmosphere.”



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