Michelle and Nick Curran didn’t originally intend to buy a home in Melbourne’s bayside suburb of Highett. Both working as lawyers with jobs in the city, they initially planned to live a little closer to town. However, after moving in with Michelle’s parents to save their house deposit, they found themselves checking out real estate in the bayside area. And, after house hunting for just two weeks, they stumbled across this property, set on a subdivided portion of land behind another house. When it passed in at auction a week later, they made an offer, and the rest is history. Now THAT’S the most straightforward home-buying experience we’ve ever heard of in Melbourne! ‘The time was just right’ Michelle says.
Michelle and Nick’s home was built in 1979 after the owners of the front house subdivided their enormous block of land, making way for a surprisingly roomy three-bedroom home with its own generous front and back gardens. With a simple, solid 1980’s brick construction, the unit was fairly nondescript, but Michelle could immediately see its potential. ’We knew it was the perfect first home for us’ she says – ‘even with bright red walls in the kitchen!’
The pair weren’t in a great rush to renovate, but after their son Percy was born 15 months ago, the family quickly outgrew the existing living room and kitchen, and began considering their options. ‘Initially, we were thinking very much within the square, but how quickly this all changed over breakfast with my cousin Josh Densten and his wife Jenna!’ Michelle recalls. ‘I asked for their advice on which wall to mount the TV, and before we knew it, we had a 10 month old crawling around a gutted kitchen!’.
Josh and Jenna of Bicker Design completely redesigned Michelle and Nick’s kitchen and living area, maximising storage, floorspace and natural light. Everything was carefully considered and custom-made for the space, from the pulls on the pantry doors and integrated fridge, to the dark range-hood box, and hide-away toy storage in the TV area. Local cabinet maker Joe Lidis of Lidis Cabinetry completed the custom joinery, whilst Jenna and Michelle sourced the perfect furnishings and lighting to complete the look. All up, the renovation took about 4 months from start to finish.