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A Sympathetically Restored Robin Boyd Home For Sale In Warrandyte

It’s always exciting to see a Robin Boyd house hit the market. Not only for the opportunity for someone to snap up a slice of Australia’s mid-century architectural history, but also because it gives us the chance to see inside these iconic homes too!

This home, ‘The Fler’, was built in 1956 by Robin Boyd in collaboration with furniture designers, The Fler Company. More recently, it’s been given a sympathetic renovation by designer Taeler Jordan of FTLO Design, and her husband Luke Axton, who have just listed it for sale. Take a look around this special Warrandyte property below!

Bea Taylor
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‘The Fler’ house by Robin Boyd was built in 1956. Photo – Dylan James

Floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room invite the outside in! Photo – Dylan James

Owners Taeler and Luke Jordan have given the home a sympathetic update. Photo – Dylan James

They painted the 80s timber kitchen, to reflect the colours outside. Photo – Dylan James

‘Everything needed to be softened, so the windows, walls, floors and existing timber ceilings all tonally spoke to one another,’ says Taeler. Photo – Dylan James

The open-plan dining area is centred around a large free-standing fireplace. Photo – Dylan James

‘It was so amazing I was in an opportunity to purchase such a house and be able to give it a second life,’ says Taeler. Photo – Dylan James

The couple also replaced the asbestos-lined roof, repaired the sub-floors and rebuilt the floorboards. Photo – Dylan James

The home is now light and bright! Photo – Dylan James

‘With a modernised material palette, my intention was to highlight the existing architecture, fireplaces, and stunning windows,’ says Taeler. Photo – Dylan James

Every room has a connection to the outdoors. Photo – Dylan James

The home has three bedrooms! Photo – Dylan James

Original features, such as the stained glass windows, remain. Photo – Dylan James

Photo – Dylan James

Taeler and Luke renovated the bathroom and laundry with a nod to the 50s and 60s architecture of the home. Photo – Dylan James

Photo – Dylan James

The home’s lush outlook is a dream. Photo – Dylan James

‘There is something about being able to hear and see this part of the Yarra river,’ says Taeler. Photo – Dylan James

Taeler and Luke have also given the garden a makeover. Photo – Dylan James

The home is nestled in lush state forest with views of the Yarra river! Photo – Dylan James

Bea Taylor
28th of April 2023

When a Robin Boyd house hits the market, it always presents a special opportunity for anyone looking to own a slice of Australia’s architectural history.

This was the case for designer Taeler Jordan and her husband Luke Axton when they saw ‘The Fler’ house by Robin Boyd come up for sale in 2021. 

‘We received a listing email of this beautiful three bedroom home in Warrandyte, and I felt it was fate – a house of that significance coming up for sale in a pocket of Warrandyte we had been closely watching for six years!’, says Taeler. 

Boyd designed and built the house in 1956, collaborating with revolutionary furniture designers at the time, The Fler Company. The home has a simple gabled roof and rectangular floor plan arranged around the living area with a central free-standing fireplace. The most spectacular part of the house, however, is the impressive wall of windows in the open-plan living space, which provides stunning views to the surrounding bush beyond. 

‘Our favourite place is definitely the living room,’ says Taeler. ‘The timber-lined cathedral ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the lush landscape and river is truly a dream.’

Taeler and Luke were unwilling to initiate a big renovation on the architecturally significant home, so instead set out to repair and restore what they could. 

‘We wanted to highlight the stunning existing architectural features,’ says Taeler. ‘The house was a mixture of yellow cladding, raw timber and aqua-painted walls. Everything needed to be softened, so the windows, walls, floors and existing timber ceilings all tonally spoke to one another.’

They replaced the asbestos-lined roof, rebuilt the subfloors, repaired the floorboards and renovated the laundry and bathroom. 

‘Through the restoration works, some spaces were not salvageable,’ explains Taeler. ‘So, I designed a bathroom and laundry that has a very sympathetic nod to the 50s and 60s architecture. With green mosaic tiles and a soft palette, the house is subtle in nature.’ 

Whilst the couple relished giving ‘The Fler’ new life, during the renovation another dream property came on the market next door to Luke’s family, which they had to snap up. 

‘It’s sad to say goodbye to this home, but we hope the new owners love this truly special house, in an even more special part of Australia,’ says Taeler. 

41 Koornong Crescent, North Warrandyte, VIC, is listed for sale with Aaron Yeats from Jellis Craig, with expressions of interest closing on May 16, 5pm (AEST).  Join Taeler, Jellis Craig and The BuildHer Collective for an event and tour of The Fler House on Sunday April 30, register here! 

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