Charlotte Davidson and James Pridgeon, owners of Steel Window Design, purchased this 1920s Brunswick property five years ago with a vision to completely transform the home. They designed the renovation themselves, replacing a dated addition with a sophisticated open-plan domain and reorienting the living spaces north. ‘We literally gutted it, replacing every part of the home. Our dream was to have the original front, and a very modern extension,’ says Charlotte.
Naturally, as owners of a steel windows company, Charlotte and James made steel a feature of the new interiors. Industrial-style windows now frame the entire open-plan living area looking out to the outdoor deck and evergreen, low-maintenance garden. ‘It’s not overlooked and feels like you’re in a green sanctuary. It also faces north so there is endless sun,’ Charlotte says.
While elegant and luxurious, this home does not compromise on liveability. Inside are four bedrooms, a study nook, two additional multipurpose spaces in the garage and attic, and modern comforts that make every day just that little bit easier! ‘We love waking up on a cold winter’s morning to a brilliantly warm bathroom floor; curling up in front of the fire in the colder months; having endless storage; and one of our best decisions, installing two dishwashers — a lifesaver when you have people over!’ Charlotte says. The property also contains a 8.2kW solar system and is deliberately one storey to be as practical as possible.
Last but not least — the location! ‘This house captures the essence of Brunswick,’ says Charlotte. ‘Most Saturdays begin at Mile End Bagels, a visit to Harper & Blohm on Sydney Road (the best cheese shop in Melbourne), and picking up our essentials from La Manna Fresh. It’s why we love this side of Brunswick.’